Produce, handicrafts, cookery and floral art at Winter Fair

22 October 2013

Ingenuity, flair and a deft touch are just some of the skills required by the competitors in the Royal Welsh Winter Fair handicrafts classes, not to mention the ability to create mouth-watering savouries and confections to set before the judges in the cookery section at the Fair which runs for two days at Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, on December 2 and 3.

With Christmas in sight the competitions will again have a seasonal theme and the organisers have to be just as imaginative as the competitors judging from the variety of the classes scheduled for the event.  In the cookery and produce section they have listed 15 – including three for children – ranging from a dish of homemade Christmas truffles and a pudding for Boxing Day to an edible Rudolph and a chocolate Christmas log.

In the handicrafts section competitors can choose from 14 classes.   They include five handmade Christmas tree decorations, a hand knitted Christmas stocking, and for photographers, a mounted and framed picture depicting a winter wonderland.

Again there are special classes for children one of which offers 8-12 year-olds the opportunity to produce a Christmas character made from recyclable materials.

Those gaining most points in the produce and handicrafts sections will each receive prize cards and a piece of Welsh Royal Crystal.

The Winter Fair was established in 1990 and although the core attraction is the show and sale of livestock, the Fair has also become a key venue for Christmas shoppers.  Last year there were 26,838 visitors, many of them looking for Christmas presents which can be found in the avenues of trade stands and shopping arcades on the showground.

The Food Hall at Llanelwedd is one of the most popular venues at the Winter Fair where visitors can buy some of the finest quality food and drink produced in Wales.  With Christmas coming up this is where an extensive range of wines, cheeses, chocolates, relishes, and other culinary delights can be obtained to satisfy the widest  of tastes.

Among the other leading attractions at the Fair is the Floral Art and Horticulture competition staged in the Clwyd Glamorgan Hall.

The theme for Floral Art this year is ‘Festive Elegance’ and there are 10 classes in which competitors will be able to demonstrate their imagination and talent for flower arranging.  The titles include ‘A Christmas Welcome’, represented by a wall hanging, wreath or swag using fresh, dried, preserved or artificial plant material, and ‘Woven in the breath of Spring’, a petite exhibit featuring fresh plant material.

In the Horticulture classes competitors are invited to display pot plant foliage, a mixed container of foliage or flowering plants, a cactus or succulent, or a dish of five desert or culinary apples.

The RWAS will present a glass paperweight as an award to the championship winner in the Floral Art section of the Fair.