Audrey Wilson

Soke Fall Fair: Science in Action

Kitchencraft entries are science

The 2011 Sooke Fall Fair theme ‘Science in Action’ is exciting for the Kitchencraft team as cooking is science.

Come and explore the world of the kitchen as we display a vast array of delicious and tempting food (no sampling) on display in the Kitchencraft Section.  Yeast breads, quick breads, muffins, sweet loaves, cakes, squares, cookies, pies, tarts, candy, eggs, preserves, diabetic cooking, and smoked fish all produced in local kitchens will compete for first, second or third place.

We will be creating a ‘home lab’ to display the entries this year.  Science in the kitchen is fun and we will have interactive displays for eggs, candy and dill pickles. Bring the whole family and learn about the science that is really going on in your kitchen each day.  Take home some fun recipes to try at home and explore the world of the back to basics home cooking.

Every time two or more items are combined and then heated or cooled a reaction creates a new product.  Putting more ingredients together doubles the reaction. Bread is a prime example of science in the kitchen.  The yeast added to the flour creates this staple of our life.  Eggs, pickles, candy, bread, seasoning and meat are some examples of food that we cook in our kitchens to make tasty meals.  The art of Kitchencraft will always be alive and continue in spite of the ‘fast food’ world because home cooking just tastes so much better.

This year we will feature a new award and challenge competitors to make the best ‘Mock Apple Pie.’  The recipe will be featured in the 2011 Sooke Fall Fair Catalogue.  Another change will be the Best Canned Gift Pack (wrapped) Collection.  As well as trophies and awards for youth, junior, and adult entries from the Sooke Fall Fair, the product gifts and prizes will be awarded to the best as judged for Bernadine, Mazola/ Beehive, Robin Hood, Tenderflake, Certo, Crisco and Fleischmann. A product label must accompany each entry as proof of purchase.  Check out the instructions for these entries in the Sooke Fall Fair Catalogue.

It is not necessary to decorate any entry with ribbons, flowers, fancy lids, labels or dishes.  We do have white trays and plastic bags to display the product.  AOV classes may have several entries, but must not duplicate listed or additional AOV entries.  All entries must be made from scratch – no mixes.

If you have never put an entry in the Sooke Fall Fair pull out your favourite recipe and bake or cook it up and enter it.  You never know how many items for each category are coming in and you might be surprised with a blue ribbon.  The judges look at each entry individually and judge them according to the fair criteria.  You could be a winner!

Kitchencraft is ‘Science in Action.’

Submitted by Irene Elrose