I have entered some of my produce in the local agricultural show, also some crochet, some pottery and a kasundi sauce I made the other week.
While I love doing this and showing what can be grown in a small suburban garden, I experience a huge frustration when I go and them get told that I have presented things wrong. I get told i have failed by leaving one inch of rhubarb leaves not three inches, or am disqualified for having flowers in my collection of herbs - borage, which I grow specifically for its flowers which are amazing in salads.
Root veges must be presented with leaves attached
Cherry tomatoes in bunches
Zucchinis are less than 20cm long otherwise they are marrows
Herbs have no flowers
Rhubarb and silverbeet must be pulled away from the plant not cut,
Pumpkins must have stems attached
Most specimens must be presented on plates, or in a shallow tray
Any other suggestions people are aware of???
After I explained my frustration and it leading to my not entering anything last year one of the stewards said he would take on the responsibility of drafting a guideline for presenting fruit and veg! They're going to put it on the web so I will post a link once it's up.
Has anyone else grown fruit or veg for the show before?
This is the link to our local show http://www.nowrashow.org.au/
And our figs ripening in the sun :)