Calling all men to don an apron and get baking for the Cowra Show

Ian Packer.
Ian Packer.

Traditionally, male participation at the Cowra Show has been mainly agricultural, showcasing the finest livestock and produce in the region.

But the times, they are a-changing.

The Cowra Show Society is calling for more blokes to enter this year's Man-Made Chocolate Cake competition.

Cowra Show Society committee member, Ian Packer, has entered, and taken out the competition for the last two years in a row.

"When Gayle (Newton, Chief Steward of the Cooking section) said, there's no men entering... I said well I'll cook a cake," he said.

"I think the first year I was the only one in there, so I won it of course, and I think there were two last year from memory."

He said he would love to see the Cowra Show's Man-Made Chocolate Cake competition rival other shows in the area, such as the Morongla Show, who have featured the unique contest for more than six years.

"If you go to other shows, it's quite a big competition, there's probably seven or eight cakes," Mr Packer said.

"We need some competition."

The rules are simple: you can use any recipe you like but it must be a chocolate cake made from scratch, it cannot be a mud cake and the women in your life are not allowed to help.

"You can't use a packet, it's got to be from scratch, you've got use all the flours and everything and mix it all up and cook it nice," Mr Packer said.

"The wives are not allowed to help them, no cheating allowed."

With numbers down in the adult cooking section, Mr Packer said more man-made chocolate cakes will invigorate the competition.

"The cooking has been going down a little bit unfortunately, we need to ramp it up," he said.

"Just for fun and competition among the people around... in ourselves."

Mr Packer said practice makes perfect for potential entrants.

"Cook a couple of cakes before it to get a bit of confidence," he said.

"Because the first one might be a disaster, if you're first one's a disaster, have another go."

Mr Packer said the Show committee will also enjoy the fruits of your labour.

"The Show Society enjoys it for morning teas and the clean up after the show," he said.

"They can do their own comparisons, and they do their own judging."

For all the information you need on the Man-Made Chocolate Cake competition, check out the 2019 Cowra Show schedule inside Friday's Cowra Guardian and on the Cowra Show Society's website.

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