There were some new faces at this year’s World Bonnag Championships, held in St James’ Church in Dalby; namely compére Peter Quayle and judges Mona Kerruish and Jill Cain, who had the unenviable task of judging more than fifty bonnags.
With barely room in the audience to swing a carton of buttermilk, talented bakers had the opportunity to test their skills on this simple, un-yeasted bread, which once caught the attention of the well known British cookery writer Elizabeth David.
Whilst judging got under way, entertainment was provided by the Southern Belles (who sang a selection of songs from a number of decades) and later by vocalist Terry Qualtrough.
Having tucked into a traditional Manx supper, members of the audience were invited to bid for one of the many competition bonnags.
Cheques were presented to last year’s designated charities and introductions made by this year’s chosen charities – Craig’s Heartstrong Foundation and Excellent Development, a not-for-profit organisation supporting rural, dry land communities.
Shoprite kindly sponsored the many classes on offer, which included a new category for those specialising in gluten free baking, and a class specifically for catering establishments, so as to encourage sales of a true Manx bonnag in the public arena.
All those taking part in the competition received a complimentary bag of soda bread flour courtesy of Laxey Glen Flour Mill.
Women: Margy Killey
Children: M.Keig (also the overall winner of the Isle of Man Creamery Buttermilk Cup)
Gluten Free: GillQualtrough
Commercial: John Olerenshaw ( Greens – St John’s))
© June 2016
(Courtesy of the North Western Chronicle)