The Melplash Agricultural Society has been serving up some of the best cooking and baking competitions in the area for generations, long before they became such popular viewing on TV. Every year at the Melplash Show amateur cooks of all ages are given the opportunity to show off their culinary skills and compete for the coveted top prizes. In the adult classes there is everything from making preserves, wine, cider, baking cakes and bread to cake decoration. There is even a men only competition, this year the challenge is to make the best Victoria Sponge!! In the children’s section there are classes for all age groups from under 7 to 15 years.
There are also four special competitions.
- Best Apple Cake sponsored by Leakers Bakery (1st Prize: the ultimate teatime hamper)
- Best Curry sponsored by the Taj Mahal, Bridport (1st prize a £40 voucher to dine at the restaurant)
- Best Fish Cakes sponsored by the Riverside Restaurant, West Bay (1st prize a £80 voucher to dine at the restaurant)
- Best Bridport Banger, open to anyone who makes pork sausages. This competition is attracting sausage makers from all over the country. This year it is to be judged by last year’s winners Alex and Lou Webb of Webb’s award winning Butchers at West Moors, Ferndown, Dorset
As well as cookery classes there is a wonderful selection of horticulture, floral and handicraft competitions to enter for both adults and children.
Competition schedules are available to view at www.melplashshow.co.uk or can be picked up from the Show Office, 23 South Street, Bridport. Entries can be made online. The closing dates for all handicrafts, horticulture and home produce is Monday 17th August.