Judges Donna Barnett, Constable Matt Young and 100 Mile fire chief Roger Hollander deliberating on the available options. Max Winkelman photos.

Baking contest a huge success according to judges

Nanaimo Bars take home first place

The first Christmas baking contest organized by the 100 Mile Free Press was a huge success according to the judges who got to eat all the treats. There were some contestants from the Free Press office but also multiple community members. Entry fees were $25, which raised $250 for the Women’s Centre.

“The entries were all wonderful, delicious, tasteful. [I] probably put on about 400 calories the first three and then after that, we quit counting,” says judge and Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett.

Judges were given a total of 15 points each spread over five cards ranging from one to five points. They were asked to place the five-point card next to their favourite and so forth.

The winner, a truly Canadian entry, came as a surprise to some but was awarded 13 out of a maximum of 15 possible points for Our Kitchen Corner staff Patti Regan’s Nanaimo Bars.

“I think the winner apart was the taste and the texture and the colour, everything. They were all excellent and I commend everybody and I hope you do this again next year,” says Barnett.

They were all amazing according to judge and Constable Matt Young.

“They were so rich in their flavours, I mean, so much chocolate with all the chocolate ones and then the baking… There’s nothing bad to say really about any of them.”

“I’m gonna need to go up a size in my vest here at the pace I’m getting chocolate now.”

Judge and Fire Chief Roger Hollander says sometimes you weren’t sure what something was until you tasted them which made for a nice surprise.

“The alcohol didn’t hurt,” he said referring to the rumballs, baileys fudge and mudslides.

As many recipes as possible will be in this year’s special Christmas Greetings insert.


Janet Lilly accepting the winning trohpy, made out of a rolling pin by Kerri Mingo, on behalf of Patti Regan, who’s Nanaimo Bars won the contest.

LEFT: Contestants and others early awaiting the results (and leftovers) while the judges sample the baking.

The first place trophy designed by Kerri Mingo. Max Winkelman photos.

Caramel covered popcorn with peanuts

Baileys fudge


Reese’s Peanut Butter Mini Cheesecakes

Peacan Sandies


Nanaimo Bars


Chocolate squares

Cinnamon Buns

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