Best in Show

West Yorkshire Organic Group had their annual vegetable, fruit, flower and produce show on Saturday 17 September – and found newcomers gave the old hands a run for their money!

The event was held at Exhibition Hall in Saltaire, and was open to all organic growers and producers in West Yorkshire. All items were judged on taste – ‘as nature intended’,

There were over 500 entries in the Show, which was astonishing given that the spring was so dry and the summer so wet, the judges very impressed with both the quantity and the quality on show.

The hotly contested vegetable section was won by potatoes grown by newcomers Ben and Lily Tillett, from Constance Street, Saltaire. Sweetcorn grown by Riddlesden St Mary’s Primary School took the prize for the best exhibit in the Children’s Section. The best tomatoes were grown by Northcliffe Environmental Enterprise Team in Shipley who also made the best wine, the best in the fruit section came from Jane Thurlow and Tony Chalcraft in Acomb, and the best exhibit of bread was won by Helen Payne from Hebden Bridge.

The Best Exhibit in Show went to a fiery lime and lemon chutney made by first time exhibitor and Yeadon resident Angela Davies (pictured, with Marion Pencavel). Angela was over the moon at winning at her first attempt, exclaiming: “I’m so excited – I never thought I might win! I’ll definitely have a go next year as well!” For anyone who wants to try the prize-winning chutney for themselves, Angela is putting her recipe on the WYOG website.

A huge thanks to everyone who helped in any way.