Pictured: Annette Emmett and Richard Langdon Best exhibit in show winner Dave Deacon
There were nearly 1000 entries in this years awards. Over 50 judges judge the food over 4 days. The awards are run by the Hobart Agricultural society at the Hobart Showgrounds and a volunteer committee made up of myself, Annette Emmett the chair, Henry Burbury who runs the pantry probably the biggest job out there. Henry has been on the committee since it started 23 years ago!! Barry Stubbs, Richard Weston, Barbara and Sally Tame
There are 18 catering at the awards spread along the grand pavilion at the Showgrounds including, Olive oil, coffee, tea, beverages, savoury preserves, sweet preserves, sweet baked, savoury baked, seafood, delicatessen, dairy, goat and other dairy, ice cream, breads, other products. A category for all foods, if it sold commercially it can entered! Of each of these categories a champion and reserve champion are chosen from the top golds in each category based on the highest points.
Then a group of 5 judges need to judge who is the Richard Langdon best exhibit in show and the best Tasmanian exhibit in show. This is a hard job we are choosing between 18 perfect or near perfect products!
This year the Richard Langdon trophy was won by David Deacon with a gorgeous chutney “Kiwi Dave’s Bombay Brinjal” (I’m onto my third jar) it was good to see the award has helped him get his chutney on the shelves at Hill Street Grocer!!