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Isle of Rum Christmas Fayre - December 2012


winning mince pie, Izzy (c) Nic Goddard

We welcomed December in classic Rum fashion with our Christmas Fayre on Saturday December 1st. The aroma of mulled wine, mince pies, cinnamon and cloves filled the crisp winter air as we had our first falling of snow in the village (we had a dusting on the peaks a few weeks ago). Inside the community hall was an array of Rum-made goodies - decorations, gifts, festive foodie treats, Christmas cards, crochet, knitted and felted delights. handmade chocolates and fudge, cosmetics, hats, scarfs and more. Christmas tunes rocked the hall and competition was stiff for the coveted title of Best Mince Pie.

Christmas Fayre (C) Nic Goddard

Independent judge Doug cogitated and contemplated long and hard taking into consideration appearance, texture, taste and  

traditional mince pie standards while judging the array of entries before him. We had classic mince pies dredged with icing sugar and adorned with holly, a maverick mincemeat muffin entry, mincemeat pasties and an enormous specimen clearly entered hoping the same judging criteria as the pumpkin competition would be played out with bigger being better! Doug's comments included: "quite nice", "hard, oatmeally pastry", "lovely buttery taste". "harder than I thought", "it's not a pie!" and "oh my goodness, thats enough!" before proclaiming Izzy the winner. Izzy said "I'd like to thank my pastry chef trainer, except I never had one!" before returning to work in the castle kitchen clutching her goodie bag of Christmas Fayre produce prize.



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