Alpha show's cake star
CULINARY goddess Joanne Salmond, of Degulla Station, experienced sweet success at the Alpha Show.
Months of whisking up baked goods saw her take the cake in a number of sections.
Her greatest triumph was her prize-winning rich fruit cake.
The heat was on to defend her title, having won the rich fruit cake section six times in the past.
Mrs Salmond turned to her trusty old recipe for success.
"I find for a good fruit cake you have to do it about three months before," she said.
"And with such a big cake mixture it takes up to 10 hours to make.
"You also have to soak your fruit in rum for at least two days," she said.
Mrs Salmond said she tied up her apron strings nice and early in the morning to make sure it all came together and following a strict method was key.
"You have to line your tin to make sure the bottom doesn't burn and place alfoil on the top," she said.
In order to win the rich fruit cake competition, her end result had to fit strict guidelines.
"The cake has to be a certain size so either an 8-inch or 10-inch tin.
"There are set amounts of fruit and butter and other ingredients you have to use."
Mrs Salmond's winning fruit cake entry will now head to the Emerald Show to compete for a chance to go down to the Ekka.
Pavilion steward Elsie Dillon commended all the dedicated bakers, crafters and artists.
"The standard was very high," Elsie said.
"For a small country show we see a lot of very talented entrants.
"We had to get an extra table this year because we had so many entries."
She said there was wide variety of sweet treats on display.
"We had marshmallows, toffees, assorted hand-made chocolates," she said.
She said there was a great response from youngsters in the community.
"We are gearing up for the 50th show next year," she said.