Deanna takes the cake at bake-off
From baked yoghurt with peach sorbet to strawberry blonde cake, everyone who attended The Mullum Farmers Market bake-off competition on Friday certainly got their sugar hit for the day.
The competition, which is part of the Sydney International Food Festival, announced its winner at the morning’s market, with Ocean Shores resident Deanna Sudmals taking out the judge’s prize for her banana, caramel and macadamia cake.
“I wanted to make something sourced from simple local country ingredients which people could make for themselves,” Deanna said.
The competitors were given a list of seasonal produce to use in the creation of either a sweet or savoury dish, and which they were to purchase from the Mullum Farmers Market.
Market manager Judy MacDonald said the Sydney Food Festival organisers wanted more of a regional involvement.
“It’s no wonder this region was approached. We have some of the country’s finest and freshest produce,” said Judy.
“The competition is really helping to promote the region’s farmers markets.”
The bake-off winners received $150 market voucher for first prize, $100 for second and $50 for third.
There was also a people’s choice prize and an encouragement award.
All dishes, both sweet and savoury, were presented for display and judging on Friday, with more than 20 entries, most of which were cakes.
The competition was judged by Mullumbimby chef Chris Pellen, from Milk and Honey, and food writer Victoria Cosford.
“The standard was surprisingly high and it was intense tasting so many sweets at 9am in the morning,” Chris laughed.
Both judges said the cakes were judged based on a ‘rustic country market’ theme.