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.