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Gareth

Country and local shows.... advice please

I didn't know where to put this post, so I guess that the "How to" section is as good as any.


I have decided to enter a few bottles of my Home-made Mead into the Suffolk Smallholder's Mead competition, but I have no idea on how to present my Meads in that competition.

Any and all help †and suggestons would be welcome from those of you who have entered produce and preserve exibits into similar shows and competitions.

I have emailed the organisers for a copy of the rules and other advice, but so far none has been forthcoming.
kaz

Have a look the next time you go to a show.
Doesn't it give specific rules in the show schedule?
Whipcord

Join the WI Gareth they'll know for sure  :-) Good luck
cheers
chris
Gareth

Whipcord wrote:
Join the WI Gareth they'll know for sure †:-) Good luck
cheers
chris


I am curently banned from the WI :smt103  due to the Bunny burgers and Blackberry vinegar incident at the Melton Mowbray Christmas fatstock show of 1996.

I didn't use a preservative in the burgers, and my Blackberry vinegar out shone the other exhibits, upsetting some of the regular WI fruit vinegar and preserves die hards ::

Although Mum was (and I think still is) one of the National Welsh WI judges.
Gareth

And before you all advise me to talk to Mum on the phone, as RLF will tell you. It can be very difficult and time consuming talking to mum on the phone.

It was Mum's Birthday yesterday and being the dutiful son that I am, I rang her to wish her a happy birthday. After over an hour on the phone, I had forgotten why I rang her in the first place.
Gareth

I really shoundn't have written that. As I have just remembered that RLF has just got Mum & Dad up and a running as silver surfers, and they have both been looking in here at OTG as guests.    :q51:
Gareth

I received the show schedule and the class entry forms today.

The Mead competition rules are pretty straight forward; any clear glass bottle of 70 cl or over. Two categories; Sweet Mead and Dry Mead. As my New Years Mead is reasonably dry, 1 litre of it in an Ikea flip top bottle will be entered.

The flavoured Meads presented a little problem, but a quick phone call to the show's secretary cleared that question up. I can enter the flavoured Meads into the class for any Home-made product containing honey as an ingredient, providing the recipe is also included. Therefore I have chosen the following; Orange Mead, the Dark Grape Mead and the Sparkling (as it is still fermenting :smt103 †) Fruits of the forest Mead. I will also include a 500 ml bottle of My "Fruits of the Forest Vinegar," as I still have one bottle of the original batch left. This was the batch where I ran out of Sugar, and bunged in a jar of honey to make the recipe up to the correct volume.

Absolutely no preconceptions upon my part, but it would be very nice to walk away with at least one Rosette. .
kaz

Gareth wrote:
I really shoundn't have written that. As I have just remembered that RLF has just got Mum & Dad up and a running as silver surfers, and they have both been looking in here at OTG as guests.    :q51:


Have they joined yet? :q28:
MrsWW

Well I voted the penultimate category. †Knowing these WI types - they'll be so jealous of Gareth's Mead that I fear he may be the subject of behind the scenes knobbling by the good ladies of the WI †:q28:
bodger

Doesn't anyone with a set of gonads run the risk of immediate disqualification from any WI competitions ? † † Or am I mistaken. :laff:
Gareth

bodger wrote:
Doesn't anyone with a set of gonads run the risk of immediate disqualification from any WI competitions ? †rolleyes: †  Or am I mistaken. :laff:



I didn't have the balls to ask. :: †:: †::
Gareth

The Orange, Fruits of the Forest, Dark Grape and New Year's Mead are now all bottled into 1 Litre Ikea clear glass flip top bottles ready for the show. I am also contemplating entering the a bottle of the Grapefruit Mead.

The Fruit's of the forest Vinegar had only a subtle hint of a honey taste, possibly due to the vinegar and fruits maturing over the six months since I made it. So I have poured two litres of it into a saucepan and have added another 850 g of cheap clear honey. Presently it is simmering away on the stove to reduce it a little before re-bottling.

Just got to make sure that my entery form is filled out and posted off tomorrow morning. Later this evening I will type up the recipes for the Orange Mead, Fruits of the Forest Mead, and the Dark Grape Mead (and possibly the Grapefruit Mead), and also the Fruits of the Forest Vinegr. These are all going to be entered into the Home-made produce with Honey as an ingredient category.

Then all I'll have to do is get the labels completed, and make sure that my entries arrive at the show ground between 6 and 8 pm on Saturday evening ready for the judging on Sunday.

I am starting to get excited.
Gareth

All of my exhibits for tomorrow's Suffolk Smallholders show are now packed and ready to go.

1 Litre New Year's Mead in the Dry Mead category

1 Litre Fruits of the Forest Mead in the Honey used as an Ingredient category

1 Litre Orange Mead in the Honey used as an Ingredient category.

1 Litre Grapefruit Mead in the Honey used as an Ingredient category.

1 Litre Dark Grape Mead in the Honey used as an Ingredient category

1 litre Fruits of the Forest Vinegar in the Honey used as an Ingredient category.


It's a 40 miles drive each way, and I have to be there between 6 and 8pm this evening to enter them in the competion for tomorrows judging.
MrsWW

Good luck mate  
green man

Good luck Gareth don't forget to show us your exhibits on the bench :-)
Gareth

green man wrote:
Good luck Gareth don't forget to show us your exhibits on the bench :-)


Complete with the rosettes  :: and loads of other photos of my day out there tomorrow
Gareth

Here is a copy of the schedule, categories and rules (I am exhibiting in class 9 and class 16);

STOWMARKET AND DISTRICT BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION

HONEY SHOW 2008


Venue Mid Suffolk Showground, Stonham Barns, Stonham Aspal

Date Sunday 20th July 2008
SCHEDULE:

Open
Class   1 Two sections comb honey
Class   2 Comb suitable for extraction, any size, any year
Class   3 Two 454g jars light honey
Class   4 Two 454g jars medium honey
Class   5 Two 454g jars dark honey
Class   6 Two 454g jars granulated or creamed honey
Class   7 One plain cake of beeswax (454g approximately)
Class   8 Gift Class - one 454g jar of honey - to be given to St Elizabeth
                   Hospice
Class   9 One bottle dry mead not less than 70 cl
Class 10 One bottle sweet mead not less than 70 cl
Class 11 Honey Fruit Cake - set recipe; see end of schedule
Class 12 Honey Cake - plain or decorated to contain honey as main sweetener - recipe to be given by entrant
Class 13 Six biscuits or small cakes containing honey - recipe to be given
Class 14 One jar of sweet preserves containing honey as principal sweetener - recipe to be given by entrant
Class 15 One jar of savoury preserves containing honey as main sweetener -            
                   recipe to be given by entrant
Class 16 Any item of which honey is an ingredient - recipe to be given
Class 17 Any item of which beeswax is an ingredient - recipe to be given
Class 18 Six 454g jars of honey labelled as for sale
Class 19 Three 454g jars of different honeys
Class 20 Two containers of cut comb

Stowmarket Members only
Class 21 One plain cake of beeswax, (227g approximately)
Class 22 Two 454g jars liquid honey any colour

Open to exhibitors who have not won a first prize at a Honey Show
Class 23 One 454g jar of honey - liquid or creamed
Class 24 Two 454g jars of honey labelled as for sale

Open
Class 25 Photograph(s) of beekeeping interest - not to exceed 51 x 38 cm
Class 26 Beekeeping curiosity or novelty - explanation to be given
Class 27 Handicraft item depicting honey bees or bee keeping
Class 28 Two beeswax candles, one of which may be lit

Open Junior Class -  Work in any media by school, group or individual illustrating aspects of beekeeping - age/s to be given.  Age will be taken into account by the Judge.
Class 29 For children up to and including 16 years of age

Awards will be presented after 3 30 pm on 20th July

TROPHIES
Presidentís Cup Most points in Classes 3, 4, 5 & 6
Murton Cup Most points in Classes 9 & 10
Ruskin Cake Basket Most points in Classes 11 & 12
Smith Cup Most points in Classes 7, 17 & 21
Roper Cup Most points in Classes 1, 2 & 20
Jubilee Shield Stowmarket member with 6 hives or less, at the time of
the show, gaining most points in Show
Stenning Cup For best exhibit in Classes 25 to 28
Spencer Salver Most points in Show
The NHS Blue Ribbon Best exhibit in Show (subject to there being over 100
entries) which entitles the winner to make a free entry to an Open Class at the National Honey Show and free admission to the Show
Buckland Memorial Challenge Bowl will be awarded for one year to the member
gaining most points in Classes 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 9 at the Suffolk Show and the equivalent classes at the Stowmarket and West Suffolk Shows.  The winner and runner-up receive a plated spoon.  The points awarded for this trophy, at all the shows, will be according to Rule 5.




Rules

General rules of the National Honey Show will apply unless amended, as below.

1 There is no entry fee.  Class labels will be sent to all entrants who submit entry forms to the show organisers by Saturday, 12th July 2008.  Entry forms submitted later than this date will still be welcome but class labels for these entries will have to be collected and affixed at the Show.

2 Class labels must be affixed:                                                                                                                                                                                  
a) to the jar or bottle approximately 15mm from base
b) to the box or base for wax cake exhibits
c) to the box and top of frame for combs suitable for extraction
d) both to the lid and the long side of the container for cut comb
e) to the plate/stand for confectionery classes and not to cling film
 

3 Exhibits will be accepted for staging between 6 00 pm and 8 00 pm on Saturday evening (19th July) the day before the Show.  Entries labelled ready for display may be delivered to the Show Organisers by prior arrangement.

4 Extracted honey must be exhibited in clear 454g standard squat glass jars with  standard gold lacquered screw tops except in Classes 18 and 24.  Lot marking is essential in Classes 18 and 24.  Tamper evident seals are optional in these classes.

5 Points for the awards are calculated on the basis of:
1st - 4 points    2nd - 3 points      3rd - 2 points  VHC - 1 point
Exhibitors may make more than one entry in any one class but will only be eligible for one prize.  A second award in any class will be eligible for 1 point as for VHC.

6 The Judge is empowered to withhold any award if the exhibits are not of sufficient merit.

7 Any protest against the Judgeís decisions must be made in writing and handed to the Show Organisers by 5 00 pm, on the day of the Show.  The Show Organisers may take advice on any formal protest, and on any other controversial matter that may arise, before issuing a ruling.  Their decision shall be final.

8 Classification of liquid honey (Class 3 - light, Class 4 - medium, Class 5 - dark) is to be the responsibility of the exhibitor.  The BBKA filter glasses (BSI 1656) will be available to facilitate identification.  Once the exhibit is staged it will not be changed.

9 Any member stewarding or exhibiting is eligible to provide items for the sales table. If you wish to sell honey or other bee products produced by yourself please notify the organisers.  A commission of 20% will be charged on all sales.

10 The Show Organisers will inspect all honey and other bee products submitted for sale for quality, prior to the start of the show.  They may decline to accept them for sale if they have any doubt as to their suitability for sale to the public.  They may take advice in such cases, but their decision shall be final.  In the case of honey jars with tamper evident seals, one extra jar is to be submitted.  One jar will be chosen at random, opened, inspected and returned to the member.

11 In Classes 11, 12 & 13 up to half of the item may be used for tasting by the public.


Honey Fruit Cake

Recipe for Class 11

150g (6 oz) margarine 3 eggs
100g (4 oz) brown sugar 200g (8 oz) self raising flour
100g (4oz) liquid honey 25g (1 oz) ground almonds
200g (8 oz) mixed fruit


Cream margarine and sugar.  Gradually add beaten eggs and honey.  Fold in flour, ground almonds and fruit.  Turn into a lined 7in cake tin.  Bake on the middle shelf at 150 degrees for 1hr 30 mins.
Pilsbury

well we are planning to be there tomorrow so I will get some pics of his attempts, sorry entries, and maybe of the man himself with his rosettes :q37:
green man

:: better take spare batteries then pilsbury :q28:
Pilsbury

and a spare memory card :laff:
Gareth

I have just got back from the showground.

I was going to stay for a while and take some photos of the show being  put together. Alas my batteries were missing from the camera: Somethng that I should have checked before leaving home.

The camera would have been handy on the way home, as a car had hit what looked like a Wild boar ! :smt103  and gone into a ditch. The police were in attendence when I arrived, but there was no sign of either the car's occupants, or an ambulance crew.
Pilsbury

wow im going to drive a bit slowly around there then in the morning :smt103
Gareth

It was a few miles further North along the A140, close to Devils Handbasin (yes, there's a Hamlet called that :smt103 )
kaz

Gareth wrote:


It's a 40 miles drive each way, and I have to be there between 6 and 8pm this evening to enter them in the competion for tomorrows judging.


I thought that in most shows you were able to enter by post and then deliver the produce on the day.It's not really fair for someone that has to travel as far as you to have to travel twice :q52:

Good Luck :q37:
Gareth

I was Knobbled!

I was Knobbled!

My entry into class 9; Dry Mead was disqualified because I had displayed in the wrong type of bottle. Now, the rules stated a clear glass bottle of no less than 70cl was to be used. Well, I have 20 X 1 litre (100cl) glass, wire †flip top bottles especially for for my Meads. According to the Judges, this did not meet the show requirments. :q52:

The dark grape Mead entered in Class 16 was also disqualified......... Someone had ripped my recipe sheet and had nicked half of it, and therefore did not meet the full requirements of entery when the Judges arrived to do the Judging. †:q52:

The fruits of the Forest Vinegar was also disqualified from class 16. All of the exhibits had stood out over night in a †tent. Obviously it had been cold enough for some of the Honey used as an Ingredient in the Fruit Vinegar to crystalise, and this was the reason for disqualification.







The Orange Mead, also †entered in class 16 won first prize. †


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MrsWW

Well done on the orange mead  

Shame about the others - you'll just have to try harder next time  :-)
green man

So that's one rosette then †:q28: †:q37: better than none and better than most very well done matey just think what you could have won with a bit of tweaking
Pilsbury

OK heres the proof



and the rest of his entries

kaz

Well done

They look really professional :-)
Gareth

"The dark grape Mead entered in Class 16 was also disqualified......... Someone had ripped my recipe sheet and had nicked half of it,"

There are some rotten and/or inconsiderate people about. You can clearly see the ripped recipe sheet under the bottle of Dark Grape Mead in Pilsbury's second photo.

What Pilsbury hasn't told you is; that after I had learnt about the 3 disqualifcations, I had the hump and disappeared off to the cafe. He had to call me back to tell me that I had won 1st place in class 16.

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