Have a tasty butter tart recipe? What about a mouthwatering preserve?
Whether sweet or savoury, if you have a crowd-pleasing dish, you should enter it in the Elmvale Fall Fair.
Along with bragging rights, there’s prize money to be won —from $2 to $25 per entry. And if your culinary item is truly spectacular, it can move onto the provincial or national level where there’s a take-home prize of $200.
Celebrating its 156th year, the Elmvale Fall Fair is organized by the Flos Agricultural Society “as a local way to strut your stuff in the farming community,” explains Marlene Lambie, who heads up the domestic sciences department at the Thanksgiving weekend fair.
With respect to edible entries, there are more than 75 categories from which to choose.
“Anything from apple pie to zucchini relish and everything in-between,” says Lambie. “Squares, tarts, cakes, pickles, salsas, grape jelly, sauces, breads, cookies and more — we try to cover all of the bases.”
All entries must be made from scratch and include a copy of the recipe.
Once entered and judged, the prize-winning goodies are in locked glass showcases, so fair goers can check out the delicious entries.
“We keep them under lock and key so people aren’t tempted to stick their fingers in and taste everything,” she says with a smile. “The baking and preserves section is a huge draw because people want to see who won the top prizes.”
Any advice for folks entering the contest?
“Have fun. Don’t be hesitant to exhibit and make sure you read the contest rules,” she advises.
While the prize money is a bonus, the real win is getting that elusive red ribbon.
“The bragging rights and fame are worth much more than the cash,” Lambie says with a chuckle.
Culinary entries must be received by Oct. 6 at 6:55 pm.
Beyond food competitions, the Elmvale Fall Fair is a traditional rural fair complete with tractor pulls, entertainment, baby show, livestock competitions and shows, bale decorating contest, handcraft competitions, floral exhibits, photography exhibits, a dog and pony show, a small animal show, grains and forage, FMX motorcycle stunt show, midway and more.
The Elmvale Fall Fair is Oct. 6 to 8. For information, visit elmvalefallfair.com.