The first ?Best Baker Contest? was a success, said organizer Joanne Liebelt, in spite of a lower number of entries than expected. It is the first event of its kind in Tumbler Ridge, and in the opinion of people who attended it was a ?lot of fun?.

Entries were sold at a bake sale, run in conjunction with this event and the Holly Jolly Christmas, which also took place at the Community Centre the same day. Judges were in the public eye as they sampled the entries to an attentive audience that had lined up along the Art Gallery to watch. There were 12 cookie entries, seven tart, and eight squares. Bakers were asked to make three dozen for the bake sale for each of their entries, with an extra six pieces for the judging. Volunteers filled Christmas tins with baking for the Christmas hampers that will be going out this month. The balance of the baked goods were sold to raise money for the Tumbler Ridge Food Bank, which will be opening its doors on January 2nd at New Life Assembly Church on Murray Drive. We raised $405 for the food bank, which Liebelt will be spending at our local grocery store to help fill the shelves.

Winners are: Ann Penner who won first in all three categories and took home the grand prize of $750 ($250 for each category). In the tarts category Nicole Allen took second place for her Butter Tarts, and Joann Meeks took third place for Blueberry tarts.

In the Squares and Slices category Stacie Gruntman took second place for Fudge Brownies and Jan Kolhauser placed third for Christmas Butter Tart Squares.

In the Cookies category Claudia Hunter placed second for her entry of Whipped Shortbread and Donna Merry placed third for her Nutty Caramel Shortbread Drops.

We would like to thank our judges for giving up their time for this event, and our tiebreaker judges for making the final decision in what was a close finish between Nicole Allen (who placed second with her Butter Tart entry) and Ann Penner.

Look for more pictures and a thank you to judges, volunteers and sponsors in this issue.