Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Oregon State Fair Competition

Saturday at the Oregon State Fair
there was the Specialty Tea Competition and The Amazing Scone Baking Race
with King Arthur flour.

Sitting on the panel of judges we tasted tea for about 2 hours,
I was sure I could never drink tea
again at least not until the next morning.
All the teas and scones this year were just lovely,
which made judging a challenge.

The winning scone recipe was Mango Ginger Scones.
Just delicious!

The judges from left to right were:  Charity Chalmers of Charitea in Sandy, Oregon,
Jan Ellis, coordinator for WuWo Tea Ceremony and very knowledgeable in tea,
and myself, owner of Marmalady's.
The winners:
The top scores for tea came from the Tea Zone, Grant Cull and Jhanne Jasmine.
On the left for her Mango Ginger Scone and Cranberry Almond Scone was Rinatta Stanko.
In the middle was Heidi Chase and Tracy Bosnian from Possibili-Tea,
 Jennifer Peterson (coordinating the event)
On the right was Kathi Karnosh, she made a delicious Maple Glazed Bacon Brickle Scone.

This was my second year as a judge.
It is quite fun, but who knew it would be exhausting to taste so many cups of tea and
nibble on so many delicious scones.
Not your normal afternoon of sharing tea and scones with a friend.


Linda at Friendship Tea said...

How exciting to have a tea and scones competition at your state fair!

Anonymous said...

I just find this so fascinating, Marilyn - and encouraging. Tea and Scones at a State Fair. What a unique tea experience for you! Thank you for sharing!

Rosemary said...

Interesting event! Maple Glazed Bacon Brickle Scone! Wow!

YourTeaLife said...

Those Mango Ginger Scones sound delicious. Sounds like a tealightful
event. Sorry I don't live closer.

koralee said...

What fun...I love these kind of fairs. You look like you were having fun...lucky you to be so blessed to taste everything. xoxoo

relevanttealeaf said...

What a fabulous experience, Marilyn! Wish Michigan still had their State Fair.

parTea lady said...

Tough job, but somebody has to do it. ;-)

Thanks for sharing this - I would really enjoy the tea competition and scone baking race. Those mango ginger scones look delicious - did she share her recipe?

Time Traveling in Costume said...

This sounds like a very fun and delicious day!

Jeanie said...

OK, I'm just going to put it out there. Didn't you have to go to the bathroom before you were done judging? Sounds wonderful, but I'm sure I'd have to pause!

Mary said...

That must have been so much fun - drinking tea and trying all those delicious scones! No or low calories hopefully!!!!

Hugs - Mary

Laurie said...

So unique! I think all state fairs should have something like this. To sit in as a judge was right up your alley! It must have been an arm twister to get you to participate? ;)