The gardeners, cooks and crafters of Bradford on Avon filled St Margaret’s Hall with a spectacular array of fruit and vegetables, flowers, preserves and baked goods at this year’s annual Flower and Produce Show, which took place on Sunday 2nd September.
Above photos: Nik Jones
The long, hot summer meant that gardeners had to work extra hard – but their efforts paid off, with the judges describing this year’s entries as ‘outstanding’. Neville Day won the Avonfield Cup for most points in the fruit and vegetable classes, with Kevin Elliott and Tina Vivian taking second and third places.
Jams and jellies also came in for high praise from the judges – ‘an exceptionally high standard’ – with Anna Tanfield taking the Town Council Jam Cup for the best in show jar of jelly. And after seven years of entering the competition, Harriet Feilding was delighted to take a first prize for her lemon curd.
In the cookery classes, the organisers were pleased that two new – and very demanding – categories produced some excellent entries: Sarah Knee’s Battenburg cake and Aaron Burchell’s pork pie were worthy winners.
In the flower classes, the judges were impressed by the standard of entries in what everyone agreed was a difficult year. The sweetest-smelling rose class attracted a record number of entries – and three first prizes awarded because it was simply impossible to choose between them!
Right: One of the show organisers, John Potter, displaying the arduous task of cake tasting!
Above photo: Nik Jones
2018 Trophy winners:
Bradford on Avon Potato Challenge Cup – Neville Day
Avonfield Cup (most points in fruit and veg classes) – Neville Day
Cup for most points in the flower classes – Rachel Sheppard
Tillion’s Trophy for most points in the cookery classes – Deborah Cheshire
Town Council Jam Cup – Anna Tanfield
Ruby Red Trophy for most points in the drinks class – Colin Dagger
Floral Art Trophy – Tina Vivian
Thanks to former Bradford resident and cake connoisseur Nik Jones for her wonderful photographs from the day. Also a huge thanks to everyone involved in organising, judging and indeed entering the event.
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