The day started with a reasonable turn out of seven guest judges who would be coming on a short bike ride to the Orangery Tea Room before returning to Crusader Towers for the scone off. We were very lucky to have occasional cyclist Gwyn in our midst as she is a self proclaimed fruit scone expert so would be able to offer an extra dimension to the judging.
|Guest judges ready for pre scone off warm up ride|
|One of several flooded roads on the route|
|Judging panel having pre final briefing over tea and cake|
Despite being two scones down from the eight qualifiers there was still a quality field so we could expect some high calibre scone action. After consulting the thing off rule book a slightly different approach was required with two scones getting a bye in the first round. These were The Earsham Hall and Aldis Farm Shop Cafe ones as they were the highest ranking scones from the qualify.
|Scones warming up before the action got underway|
|The draw for the first round being made|
|Voting taking place for a losing scone|
|Self proclaimed fruit scone expert Gwyn (Top right) gave a number of fascinating scone insights during the event.|
|First semi final line up|
|The finalists divide up ready for the last tasting of the day|