Tanunda Show was undisputed celebrity chef central on Saturday.
Barossa’s own Maggie Beer provided a demonstration using local produce at the popular Lone Pine Agricultural Bureau display and, when a technical hitch disrupted the flow, she called a special guest from the crowd to help out.
Chef, author and restaurateur Kylie Kwong emerged from the crowd to assist Maggie as she plated up a delicious pavlova with fresh Jersey Fresh cream and sauteed pears from Maggie’s own garden.
Following Maggie’s display, the much anticipated rote grütze championship judging took place at the other end of the show hall.
Seven-year-old Jade Kalleske, Greenock – granddaughter of last year’s open winner Lorraine Kalleske – took out the junior section.
First-time entrant Kay Rohrlach, Nuriootpa, emerged the victor in the open section, with second place going to Mavis Schrapel and third to another Kalleske grandchild, Dylan.
The popular men’s chocolate cake competition drew six entries this year, with Beau Gemmell – who was absent for judging – this year’s winner.
Rounding out the placings were Simon Pickett in second and Ashley Matthews in third.
The Lone Pine Agricultural Bureau auction at the end of the day resulted in $951.50 being raised for the group.
Show stand coordinator Dean Afford said the event went “very well”, courtesy of those who had donated items for the stand which were then offered for sale.
Mr Afford said the most popular items were Maggie Beer products, Trevallie Orchards dried fruit and Barossa Coffee Roasters coffee.
“And of course the big mettwurst from Steiny’s.”
Top item was a bag of chook feed which sold for $26; the baled straw was also a hot bulk commodity.