Winners of the puddings, tarts and punches competition on stage with President of the Culture Commission Yolande Sylvestre and Air Caraïbes representative Veronique Malialin on the Marigot waterfront on Wednesday evening.
Judges prepare to judge the Guavaberry Punch segment. (Robert Luckock photo)
MARIGOT–The finals of the Collectivité’s annual traditional puddings, tarts and punch competition was held during the Grand Finale of the Christmas Serenade Festival on the waterfront Wednesday evening with another high standard turnout of homemade products.
The competition had been held in each of the six districts previously with winners advancing to Wednesday night’s finals.
The Sweet Potato Pudding category was won by Eugenia Piper (district four) with Gaetan Baly in second place. Imelda Joe and Rachel Marsdin tied for third place. Jeanelle Joseph (district three) came in fourth and Nelly Artsen (district four) was fifth.
Eugenia Piper was on the podium for a second time for winning the Coconut Tart category. Dazyla Cox (district three) was second, Denise Louisy (district five) third, and in fourth place Donia Mussington (district one).
The Guavaberry Punch category was won again by defending champion Siméone Sapor, Avis Javois (district five) was second, Arlette Daniel (district four) third, Janine Mingau (district two) fourth, and Mericka Flanders (district one) fifth.
Judging criteria included looks and aspects (1-5 points), decoration (1-5 points), taste (1-10 points), overall impression (1-5 points), a maximum available of 25 points.
Criteria for the Guavaberry Punch were colour (1-5 points), aroma (1-5 points), taste (1-5 points), and Milot impact (1-7 points). The last score referred to the “Milot Tondu” effect for how authentic the taste was, based on the Milot Rum Shop that used to exist on Rue de Hollande in the old days.
All winners received an Air Caraïbes roundtrip ticket for two persons to any Caribbean destination, plus a 300 euro cash prize, crown and a sash. The first runner-up received a smartphone from Dauphin Telecom. All participants were presented with goody bags sponsored by the Collectivité, St. Martin Tourism Office, and Dauphin Telecom.
The three judges; Angelica Lloyd (from Angie’s Cakes), Director of the Human Development Department Thierry Gombs, and President of the Collectivité’s Culture Commission, Yolande Sylvestre, had the difficult task of choosing the winners but pleasant task of tasting the baked delicacies and Guavaberry Punch presented in decorative bottles.