Monday, September 28, 2009

Eve Appeal's Great Manx Bake-off @ the 1st Isle of Man Food & Drink Festival!

The Hairy Bikers tasted and declared the winning cakes of the first ever "Great Manx Bake-Off” at the Isle of Man Food and Drink Festival on Saturday at 3pm.

Introducing the Winners of the Eve Appeal Great Manx Bake-Off!

Professional category:

Christine McCabe with “The Manx Fuschia Fairy”

Runner Up: Karl Berrie from Aaron House Guest House, Port St Mary, with “The Peggy” Smugglers Cake
Home-Baker category:

Chloe Dawe with the modern “Loughtan Sheep- A Manx character”

Runner-Up: The Corlett Family- Barbara, Emily, Brian and Simon, with “Highlights of the Isle of Man”

The winners received a £100 Shoprite voucher and Runners-up, a £50 Shoprite voucher.

The 3 Judges Choice awards (all from the home-baker category, interesting!)
of a £25 Shoprite voucher went to:

Mrs Iris Burton’s “Manx Ginger Cottage”- given by Mr Phil Gawne, MHK & Minister for Agriculture

Kelly Smith’s “Manx Home-Grown Carrot Cake”- given by Mrs Michele Moroney, Consultant Ob & Gyn of Nobles Hospital

Kate Dawe’s Laxey Wheel- given by Mrs Hazel Warburton of the WI

Clockwise from left: The Corlett Family of Lezayre's "Highlights of the Isle of Man", Mrs Iris Burton's "Manx Ginger Cottage", and Christine McCabe's "Manx Fuschia Fairy" (front)

Special mention cake- Kev Ford of Three FM’s savoury “Full Manx Breakfast cake” using local ham, and farmers market onions, received a high-five from Hairy Biker Si and sold for the cheapest price (£14!).

The winner of the Cake Quiz was Carol Sansbury from Port Erin who receives a £30 Shoprite voucher. The "traditional manx biscuit eaten around the 12th of November" is Hollandtide Fairings as perhaps only a Manx Farmer would know- easier questions next year!

Wasn't it truly just the most spectacular event! The whole Great Manx Bake-Off was a beautiful display of Manx generosity, talent and creativity. It really exceeded my fantasies and according to all the comments received, any cake-lover was thrilled to bits with the originality of the ideas and the craftsmanship of the cakes. "Priceless", "Exquisite", "Amazing", "Such talent" "Where do they get their ideas?" were common. There was actually a kind of hush around the display tables and fridges the whole day (well, apart from the hilarious auction) as people stood in awe of the 25 best baking entries on the Isle of Man!

I am so grateful to everyone who helped make the day so special, whether by entering, providing equipment, volunteering, buying a slice or a whole cake, and am thankful to the government for allowing us to showcase delicious Manx produce and local talent in such a fun interactive way. Also the generosity of Shoprite for the excellent help they gave in prizes and printing- and the Hairy Bikers auction craic- just can’t be spoken highly enough about!

Bev from Cupcakes, who ran the Cupcake decorating workshops needed a second delivery of Cupcakes by lunchtime because of the demand! Check out their great photos here!

Also do go visit Isle of Man newspapers photos on Flickr - Christine's winning Manx Fuschia Fairy, Chloe's winning Loughtan Ram and the Judges Choice cakes are all in pictures!

What about the Moula (£) for the Eve Appeal?

Those fantabby Hairy Bikers raised £500 with their auctioning prowess! The total from the day so far collected stands at over £1500, including Jane Cleator's personal cheque for £300 (how wonderful) plus more donations from our friends Cupcakes from the Cupcake decorating workshops and Davisons from the sales of the “Eve’s Favourite ice-cream flavour” expected.

Thank you everyone! Special thanks to Kim & Audrey, as well as the Eve Appeal Angels: Jane, Joy & Derek, Vaughn & Eleanor, Kathryn, Christine, Alex & Amanda.

5 cakes the Bikers didn't get time to Auction are still available to purchase! All would make wonderful corporate or charity gifts. Please call me on 455666 if you'd like to make one yours!

"I Love Manx" by Angie Brook

"The Magic of the Isle of Man" by Sarah Joughin

"Tynwald Hill" by Karen Hawkins

"Fairy Bridge" by Abby Wynn

"Four Legs good, Three Legs better" by The Cake Lady, Sally Humphries.

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