Entries give judges food for thought
THE horticultural and handicraft tent at last Saturday's one-day agricultural show delighted crowds with entries from giant cucumbers to mouth-watering chocolate cakes.
More than any other section of the show, handicraft in particular attracted entrants of every age, some of whom have been taking part in the show for years while for others it was their first time.
Leeks, carrots and celery of gargantuan proportions sat beside monster cabbages and cucumbers. Petal perfect dahlias and blooming begonias stunned the judges who were exuberant in their praise.
Frome resident Molly Butler, who won a second for her floral display on wind turbines, was praised for her "beautiful sweet peas" grown in her own garden while Dave Coke's exhibit titled Tales of the River Bank was described as "an exceptionally interpretive exhibit".
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Out of 31 sponges, Frome Standard journalist Claire Wilson was picked as winner and James Vezey won first prize for his mouth-watering chocolate sponge decorated with Smarties.
Kristen Nicholls made horses out of wafers, sponge and icing for the five decorated cupcakes section while others made jewellery out of dried spaghetti and a bride and groom out of gingerbread.
Local photographers were praised for their imaginative interpretations of a scary moment, insects, food glorious food and a woodland scene.
And cooks' skills in baking a fruit-filled Dundee cake, a Battenburg or a lemon drizzle cake were put to the ultimate taste test by a team of assiduous judges.