Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa, California.
Among the displays showcasing this year’s entrants for the more traditional fair competitions was something new: a food blog competition! This year not only could you enter your usual jams and marmalades, cakes, cupcakes, biscuits, brownies, cookies, cheesecakes, relishes, and (yes!) table settings, this year you could actually enter your food blog. This year’s fair went high tech!
Those who looked closely at the wall display of blog winners would have seen that this here food blog thingy actually won the blue ribbon for “Personal Blog Post”! (As opposed to the “Instructional Blog Post” category.)
Submitting a post was as easy as choosing a post from the previous year, copy/pasting the link into an online submission form, and ponying up the measly $5 entry fee.
I had initially set out to enter a jar of “Honey Fig, Lemon, and Thyme Confiture” into one of the half dozen “Preserves” categories but when I saw the announcement heralding the inaugural food blog contest I knew I had to add one more category to my entry. After all, “why not Sis Boom Blog?”
Gerard’s Mustard Tart” was chosen for two reasons: 1) The recipe author, Dorie Greenspan herself appeared in the comments section so I figured that ought to be some sort of good luck and 2) my good friend and frequent commenter on this blog ‘anonymous –bg-’ suggested that it would be a great post to enter due to its more personal nature and lack of glaring grammar errors. I gave it a quick reread to assure myself it wasn’t full of the sometime innuendo and snark I often serve (no sense in embarrassing myself in my own hometown) and off it went to the judges.
I won! The prize included a blue ribbon, a complimentary ticket to the fair itself, and bragging rights for the year. My more snarky self even had to admit that the nod by the judges felt better than I would otherwise like to admit.
Next year I’m entering snark though. Get ready.
The Fig, Lemon, and Thyme Confiture didn’t do as well!