[Sca-cooks] Cooking Competitions (was: Historical Apples)
lilinah at earthlink.net
Sat Nov 1 16:46:25 PDT 2008
>Here in the Barony of Dragonsspine (Colorado Springs, CO) we don't have any
>strictly cooking competitions. Cooking gets lumped in with A&S as part of the
>"Domestic" category so my comments address how we did our last A&S comp.
>Back in September, we held our Champions competition. It is really kind of
>misnamed because there was so much other A&S happening. There were three
>levels to choose from:
>Display only - You could just put your project out for others to sample. No
>documentation was required. It's a chance to show off what you are learning,
>without the stress of being judged.
>Novice competition - Open to anyone who has been doing an art or science for
>less than 2 years. Minimal documentation was required.
>Champions competition - Graded on kingdom standard judging forms. Full
>documentation was required. Expect stiff judging and strong critique.
I am always astonished to hear about this sort of thing.
In the West we have one Arts competition and one Sciences competition
and one cooking competition at the Kingdom level at all three
Tourneys and all three Coronations, and at Principality Coronet
Tourneys and Principality Investitures - two Coronets and two
Investitures in the Mists and Cynagua - although i think in the
Principality of Oertha (that's Alaska) each Tourney and Investiture
are folded into one. The only time it's different is at our "Kingdom
A&S Tourney", a weekend of camping and classes, there are usually
something like 8 A&S competitions and no cooking competition.
We have no graded competitions... well, ok, now we have the Linen Spoon.
As you've all already heard me whining, we're lucky when we get a
full 3 entries in an Arts or Sciences competition. The cooking
competitions usually do better than the A&S competitions in terms of
number of entries, but not always - 2 entries at Kingdom Beltane,
zero entries at Mists Fall Coronet.
I've recently become the Sciences minister for the Mists
Principality. I've got all sorts of ideas i'd like to share with the
new Arts minister who steps up in a couple weeks. I have gotten
support from the Principality Seneschal, a Laurel, and the Kingdom
A&S ministers. I have ideas to have competitions on two levels of
expertise, more displays, classes at events, various special things
at our two Coronets, a Principality level collegium something like an
artisans' "village/demo" with participation on several levels by
attendees; and to bring dance and music out of the sidelines and into
the middle of things, etc.
At Mists Fall Coronet, my first competition was for "a small wooden
object - a bowl, a comb, a box, a game board, something else..." and
there was ONE entry.
I'm still looking for more ways to stimulate and support the Arts and
Sciences in the Principality. What is the key to getting people to
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