Gentlemen, it’s time to get in the kitchen

Beau Gemmell took out the 2018 men's chocolate cake class.
Beau Gemmell took out the 2018 men's chocolate cake class.

Okay folks, let’s talk about the biggest issue facing the region this week: the lack of entries in Tanunda Show’s most prestigious competition.

No, we’re not talking about the Rote Grütze Championships, or the SA Hand Milking Championships, and not even the Dill Cucumber Championships – even though all of these are respected leaders in their own fields. 

Class 25 – Chocolate Cake, own choice, iced, baked in a round tin, maximum size 23cm, and open to men only – is a show stalwart, well-known for separating the men from the boys.

Each year the crowd gathers to watch as a selection of entries is carefully cut, chewed and critiqued by some of the state’s best cooks and bakers.

There is almost always controversy.

Last year, the addition of nuts divided judge and steward opinions.

Are nuts allowed? How should they be used? Should chocolate cake icing have anything but icing on it?

This year, a deliciously decadent, moist mud cake threw a cat amongst the pigeons.

“Well, it doesn’t say it can’t be a mud cake…,” they murmured.

But sadly, entries have been stagnating.

This year, just six entries were received.

And, while you would have been happy to secure a slice from any one of the culinary masterpieces – we need more. Much more.

Enough with the excuses fellas! How long does it take to whip up a tasty treat?

Heck, if you’re not sure what goes into a chocolate cake (it’s really pretty simple) we’re willing to give you a demonstration.

If you’re a past entrant or champion who’s given it a miss in recent years, now is the time to get practicing, ready to come out of retirement next year. See you there!

(As an aside, if you’re a past winner of this prestigious competition, we’d love to hear from you. Email carla.wiese-smith@fairfaxmedia.com.au so we can pick your brains!)

Another thing…

Yes, there is a state election this Saturday.

If you’re like us, you’re probably ready to have the bandaid ripped off and an outcome delivered.

Hopefully, this time next week, there will be one.

But as you head to the polls this weekend, please don’t underestimate the value of your vote.

Take the time to research the candidates not only in your local electorate, but also in the Legislative Council.

Every single vote does matter, so please, make yours count.