Chocolate cakes, oysters impress Simon Marnie

Photos: Bega Show in pictures

DAVID Grainger was cock-a-hoop after winning the much publicised male only chocolate cake section at the show.

He is keeping secret exactly what he put in his cake.

He was following a Women's Weekly recipe, but the first cake he baked was a dud.

Still following the same recipe he tried again and this time found he didn't have all the ingredients he'd used before.

So he experimented and what he used is the secret he's keeping for next year's show hopefully to ensure another prize.

ABC presenter Simon Marnie was at the Bega Show as an oyster judge and the emcee for a woodcraft competition, but he is also a great show fan, especially the pavilion, and he congratulated David on his chocolate cake win.

Simon had carefully examined all exhibits in the pavilion and was not backward in commenting on what he considered wrong results.

The decorated arrowroot biscuits section was one where he thought the judging was awry.

He was fascinated by one young exhibitor's Salvador Dali type decoration and whose biscuits didn't get a look in.

“I want to judge decorated arrowroot biscuits next year,” he said.

Simon and his fellow oyster judge, Martin Palmer, were very impressed by the quality of the oysters this year some getting top marks.

After the oyster judging Simon entertained the crowd as he emceed a woodturning competition with the Bega Woodcraft Association.

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