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Participation rules Taart en Trends competition 2018

Dear contestant,

The competition rules are there so you know what is and what is not allowed. Furthermore, is it a guidance on the requirements of the competition pieces and the handing in time of your piece. It also tells you what the jury will be looking at.

Explanation of the terms:

Participant: Person who has registered for one or more categories to the Taart en Trends competition. Persons who are a judge are excluded by the organization from participating in the categories that they judge.

Juror: A by the organization designated person who will be judging the submitted competition pieces using a fixed criteria set by the organization.

Organization: The board of Taart en Trends or volunteers deployed by Taart en Trends.

Competition piece: A submitted item or items, which is made by the participant and is as such recognizable by the organization. The competition piece and parts of the piece must be edible, unless stated otherwise. There is a general exception for use of floral wire and tape for sugar flowers. Attention! Flower wire used in any application whatsoever, may not be inserted directly into the cake or cake dummy. In a multi-layered cake, cake boards and dowels are allowed. Each category will have its own guide about what is allowed to be none edible.

Category: A collection of competition pieces with the same characteristics.

Rankings: Based on the points the jurors award to your competition piece you will be awarded Gold, Silver or Bronze classification or receive a certificate of participation.

Gold  340-400 points Very good to excellent quality
Silver  280-339 points Good quality to very good quality
Bronze 280-279 points Reasonable – to good quality

 

The gold, silver and bronze ranking will be applied on all categories of the competition. The points and ranking awarded to your competition piece will be put on the certificate you receive. Participants with a score of 0-219 points will receive a certificate of participation and the points awarded to the competition piece.

General rules for proper conduct:

  • Registration for the competition needs to be done before the closing date as specified on the website. After this date, you can unfortunately no longer participate.
  • Your registration for the competition is complete on receipt of your payment and the confirmation of this by Taart en Trends.
  • You will be able to withdraw from the competition until September 1st with a refund of the entry fee (minus €3,00 administration fee). After September 1st no refund will be given.
  • You will receive a participation certificate. The right name to be put on the certificate has to be given to us upon registration. After delivering your piece for the competition, changes on your certificate are not possible.
  • During the handing in and setting up of the competition piece, the competition category for which you registered cannot be changed.
  • When there are three or less competing pieces in a category, there are too little participants to be able to speak of a true competition. Therefore, a winner will not be chosen for that category. The competition pieces will still be rated by the jury individually and the participant will still receive a certificate with the results.
  • For a fair assessment, it may be necessary for the jury to cut into the competition piece or open it up, to see if the competition rules are met.
  • By registering, you agree to the contests rules and conditions of participation. Is a project not made in accordance with the regulations, it will be disqualified. In case of disqualification no participation certificate will be given. Refund of the registration fee is not possible in case of disqualification.

Participation in the Taart en Trends competitions

Participation is open to everyone and at his or her own risk. Only jury members are excluded from the categories that they judge. Participation in all classes are on an individual basis. When cooperation of more people is suspected for an individual competition piece, the competition piece will be excluded from participation.

You participate with a unique piece. This work may previously not have been seen anywhere else. Competition pieces, which take part in this competition, are not allowed to be shown on any medium prior to the competition. This is in order to enable a fair competition. The organization presents each year a different theme, competition pieces that have incorporated the theme clearly, will receive extra points from the organization. These points will be part of the total Jury assessment.

When participating you automatically allow third parties to take pictures of (parts of) your design. You are also aware that others can use your design. Taart and Trends or its members are not responsible or liable for this. By participating, you give the organization also permission to take pictures of your competition piece to be used for promotional purposes. If published, it will be with name and references.

Privacy.

When you register for the competition, you agree with our privacy policy as shown on our website www.taartentrends.nl and our ticket webshop https://tickets.taartentrends.nl

In the information below, we describe in short what we will do with your personal information with regard to the competition. Your personal information provided when entering the competition, will only be used by the competition committee to make your participation possible. This means:

  • Your information will be used by the competition coordinator in such a way anonymous judging is possible.
  • The jury will not receive your contact information. Anonymous judging will be used. Only the first and last name will be made public when the results will be presented, except when the participant has send a written objection to: hans@taartentrends.nl.
  • Your contact information is needed to communicate with you about the competition, to be able to E-mail you about participation information, the up-to-date delivery times, and putting your name on the participation certificate.
  • The following contact information: street, postal code, residence, phone number and e-mail address will be deleted from the files of the competition management within 6 months after the competition. Only the first and last name will be saved in reference to the results.
  • When participating you also agree that you will be photographed if you are the winner in a category and you agree that Taart en Trends will publish these photos on its website and/or social media. If you have objections to being photographed at the prize giving ceremony or you do not want to be recognizable shown on pictures, which will be published, you need to send a written objection in advance to hans@taartentrends.nl.

Handing in your competition piece

Handing in your competition piece is at your own risk and according to a fixed handing in schedule. This schedule is attached separately (page 9). It is not possible to deviate from this schedule. It is possible to let someone else deliver your competition pieces for you. This can only be arranged after consulting the competition management in advance. Email hans@taartentrends.nl

 

The organization cannot and will not take responsibility for the air conditions at the exhibition venue. Also, for damage to competition pieces during the exhibition no responsibility can nor will be taken by the organization. In case of damage in transit, you report this directly to the competition management when you arrive at the exhibition.

Judging.

General accepted specialists, who will be invited by the organization for these specific judging purposes, will do the judging of the contest pieces. The competition pieces are shown without name to the judges. The participant’s name is only known to the organization. Therefore, it is also not allowed to use names or name references to yourselves or your company in the competition pieces.

 

Award ceremony.

The ceremony takes place on the last exhibition day (Saturday) at 16:00. In each category, the best of category will receive a prize, when awarded a silver or gold ranking. The runners up (nr. 2 and 3) will receive a rosette with the position they have reached within the category. With an equal number of points in one category, the jury will be asked to give the decisive verdict. Competition pieces have to be collected at the end of the exhibition, which is 17.00hrs on Saturday September 30th. After 18.00 hrs, competition pieces will be destroyed if not collected. If you can only collect your competition piece after 18.00 Hrs, you must contact the competition management in time!

 

Categories:

  1. Edible cakes

In this category, the entire cake must be edible. There are several points you must take into account:

  • Use of flower wire and tape for sugar flowers. IMPORTANT! Flower wire may not be inserted directly into the cake! You must use flower picks, Posey picks or other food save covering for the wire. Dipping in chocolate is not allowed because chocolate will break from the wire. This also applies for wired decorations other than flowers
  • In a multi-layer cake, cardboard and dowels are allowed to stack the cake.
  • A cake topper on top of an edible cake also must be fully edible. (Except the cake card or cake board on which it stands.
  • Non-food sticks or dowels may not support a cake topper that is stuck directly into the edible cake. Only if the topper is placed on a cake board, the cake board is allowed to be supported by dowels.
  • The filling of your cake should be suitable for storing outside of a refrigerator

 

For the tasting of the cake, you should hand in a “test” mini cake, together with the big cake. The cake, flavour and covering has to be of the same structure as the big cake. The mini cake has to be plainly covered (white fondant or natural Marzipan), without decorations. For Drip cakes, you cover the mini cake in the same covering as the big cake, without the drip.

 

Size large cake. Maximum surface area: 40x40cm, height unlimited.

Size “mini cake”. Maximum floor area: 10×10 cm, height 1 layer.

Judging:

  • Taste (For this we use the mini cake).
  • Techniques: Which are used and how are they used.
  • Originality.
  • Covering.
  • Overall impression (finishing).
  • Theme application (judged by the competition management).

The jury has the right to check the cakes (cutting) to check if the main cake is similar to the mini cake. (Including fillings).

  1. Wedding cake

Wedding cakes are usually made for larger groups of people. Especially at Royal weddings, theme 2018.The following requirements are imposed on the wedding cake:

  • It can accommodate at least 50 people.
  • It consists of at least three tiers. Cake dummies are allowed.
  • In the decorations, at least three different techniques are used.
  • When using a topper, this should be fully edible and it is not allowed to attach the topper with a non- edible stick directly into the cake. (The use of cake board and dowels is allowed underneath the topper).

Wedding cake size: maximum ground surface 45×45 cm. Height at least three layers

Judging:

  • Techniques: Which are used and how are they used.
  • Originality
  • Covering.
  • Overall impression (finishing).
  • Theme application (judged by the competition management).

 

  1. Impossible cake constructions

In this category is expected that you make a cake on a frame with the illusion that it is contrary to gravity. (Gravity defying) The following requirements are imposed on the cake:

  • For the internal support, you may work with a Cake frame or other, proven, food safe construction materials.
  • The main part should consist of cake. This is at least 60% of the entire cake.
  • Items that cannot be served as normal portions of cake may be made of rice crispies or may be made of Styrofoam.
  • The entire cake including base plate and all other parts of the construction should be covered.

 

Format maximum ground surface 65×65 cm. Height unlimited.

Judging:

  • Originality.
  • Covering.
  • Overall impression (finishing).
  • Theme application (judged by the competition management).
  • Techniques:

There will be looked at the construction technology, food safety and portability of the design. For this, you must submit at least five photos of the construction and manufacturing of this cake. One photo must clearly show the used construction materials and food safety, from the start of the project. The other pictures show four distinct phases of the construction and production process.

You hand in the photographs in an envelope with your order number on it, which you find on your reservation/confirmation for your entry. No name or address.

 

  1. Cake-Toppers Edible

Cake toppers are edible modelling art. Modelled toppers must be completely edible.

In response to questions: a fantasy flower cake-topper made from sugar paste or modelling paste is also part of this category. The flowers are made of sugar (modelling or flower paste) and may only contain wire when there is no other way to make them. Read more in the explanation below.

The following ingredients may be used in the competition piece: marzipan, fondant, modelling paste, gum paste, flower paste, modelling chocolate or chocolate, royal icing, piping gel, blown or pulled sugar or any other technique with sugar is allowed. Gelatine may be used for parts, but the whole piece may not consist fully of gelatine. If you want to use an internal support for the topper, you are only allowed to use edible materials such as sugar sticks, chocolate sticks, dry spaghetti, breadsticks, rice crispies. In exceptional cases, floral wire is allowed in a cake topper. See for explanation the judging criteria.

Cake Topper format. Maximum ground surface 30×30 cm, height unlimited

Judging:

  • Techniques: Which are used and how are they used*.
  • Originality.
  • Overall impression (finishing).
  • Theme application (judged by the competition management).

 

*Explanation use of floral wire in a cake topper:

Only when a contestant thinks that his/her idea for the design and construction of the cake topper cannot be achieved without the use of floral wire for support, for example to make the crown of a tree, the contestant can implement the use of floral wire. Satay skewers or cocktail skewers are still forbidden to use! The contestant has to notify the use of floral wire when the competitions piece is handed in.

However…! If the jury can explain in a fundamental way, that it could have been created without floral wire, this will mean deduction of points or even disqualification of the piece. The final decision is up to the jury and the competition management. For the art of making a cake topper we challenge the contestants to create it with fully edible materials.

 

  1. Decorated Cookies

Cookies must be completely edible. The competition piece consist of a minimum of six individual cookies or A cookie construction. For example, a gingerbread house/castle or another construction made from cookies.

The cookies are the major component of the competition piece. In addition, the following may be incorporated: marzipan, fondant, royal icing, modelling paste, gum paste, flower paste, modelling chocolate or chocolate, piping gel, blown sugar. Using internal support is only allowed with sugar sticks, chocolate sticks, breadsticks or spaghetti.

Size Cookies presentation: maximum ground surface 45×45 cm. unlimited height

Judging:

  • Techniques: Which are used and how are they used?
  • Originality.
  • Overall impression (finishing).
  • Theme application (judged by the competition management).

 

  1.  Cupcakes

Cupcakes must be completely edible. Besides the baked cupcakes, the following may be incorporated in the competition piece: marzipan, sugar paste, buttercream, modelling paste, gum paste, flower paste, modelling chocolate or chocolate, royal icing, piping gel, blown or pulled sugar or any other technique with sugar. For Internal support in the cupcakes: sugar sticks, chocolate sticks, dried spaghetti sticks or breadsticks are allowed.

Besides the decoration of the cupcakes, this category will also be judged for the overall presentation.

The material on which the cupcakes are presented does not have to be edible. Within he competition piece there have to be two groups of six cupcakes that have to have a different decoration per group.

Size Cupcakes presentation. Maximum ground surface 40×40 cm. Height unlimited.

Judging:

  • Techniques: which are applied and how are they used.
  • Originality.
  • Overall impression (finishing).
  • Theme application (judged by the competition management).
  • Entire Presentation (Display or cupcakes on a stand).

 

  1. Sugar Flowers.

The ‘Royal’ theme does not apply

The Sugar Flowers may not be miniature. Miniature (bonsai) trees are allowed. Flowers must be Botanical correct. You are free in creating your composition (=presentation. Think of a bouquet, table piece, wreath, arranged on a cake etc.) At least five flowers must be incorporated in the composition. This may be five or more of the same flowers or five or more flowers from different flower types. Flowers must be fully edible based on a “sugar dough” (flower paste or modelling paste) with the exception of parts such as flower wire, tape and ribbon. The presentation needs to be food save. Not allowed floral flower bricks (Green foam), real moss or materials that can contain living organisms.

Sugar Flowers presentation size: maximum ground surface 30×30 cm. Height unlimited.

Judging:

  • Techniques: Which are used and how are they used.
  • Originality.
  • Overall impression (finishing/botanically correct).
  • Theme application does not apply for this category.

 

  1. Cold porcelain flowers

The ‘Royal’ theme does not apply.

The cold porcelain flowers may not be a miniature. Miniature (bonsai) trees, however, are allowed. The flowers have to be botanically correct. The recipe of your cold porcelain must be food save for the use of displaying on edible products!

You are free in creating your composition (=presentation. Think of a bouquet, table piece, wreath, arranged on a cake etc.) At least five flowers must be incorporated in the composition. This may be five or more of the same flowers or five or more flowers from different flower types Parts such as flower wire, tape and ribbon are allowed. The presentation needs to be food save. Not allowed floral flower bricks (Green foam), real moss or materials that can contain living organisms.

Cold porcelain flowers presentation size: maximum ground surface 30×30 cm. Height unlimited.

Judging:

  • Techniques: Which are used and how are they used.
  • Originality.
  • Overall impression (finishing/botanically correct).
  • Theme application does not apply for this category.

 

  1. Cold porcelain cake-toppers

(Modelling work, fantasy flowers are allowed in this category)

Make a modelling creation of cold porcelain to present on top of a cake. Include the theme in your work. In cold porcelain cake-toppers, internal support is allowed and flower wire is allowed in the fantasy flowers.

Cold porcelain cake-toppers have to be made with a food safe cold porcelain recipe that is safe to use on a cake.

Presentation size: maximum ground surface 30×30 cm. Height unlimited

Judging:

  • Techniques: Which are used and how are they used.
  • Originality.
  • Overall impression (finishing/botanically correct).
  • Theme application (judged by the competition management).

 

Youth categories

There are youth categories at the Taart en Trends competitions:

Youth A (7-11 years) and Youth B (12-15 years)

Contestants in these categories may enter completion pieces as described in all competition categories as mentioned before. The difference is that the jury takes into account weather you are an adult competitor or a youth competitor. Youth competitors must follow the assignments as mentioned in the category of choice for their competition piece. On Saturday when the youth competitor is present at the exhibition, the jury can ask to show a certain technique as used in the competition piece, as a confirmation that all decorations are made by the youth competitor.

 

Disqualification

In the event that your competition piece does not meet the above requirements and the instructions for the category in which you are taking part the competition piece will, after consultation between judges and Competition management, be excluded from the competition. So when the criteria of edibility are not met, if materials are used from which explicitly is stated it is not allowed or the material(s) used are not incorporated the proper way.

When your competition piece is being disqualified, it will not be publicly announced. The competition management will inform the contestant, stating the reasons of your disqualification. In all matters, which are not covered by these regulations, the competition management and/or the jury have the final decision.

 

Attachment to the competition rules

 

Start registration period: Taart en Trends competition:                                               07-05-2018

End of registration period: Taart en Trends competition              :                                              25-09-2018 18:00

 

Handing in schedule:

All completion pieces can be handed in on

Thursday 27-09-2018 between 18.30 and 19.30hrs
or
Friday morning 28-09-2018 between 08.30 and 09.30 hrs.

 

When pieces are handed in after Friday 28-09-2018, 09.30 hrs, the piece is no longer part of the competition.

 

Theme 2018: Royal. (Everything that has to do with kingdoms and everything that is royal. This can be any Kingdom at any time anywhere on the world.)

For extra points, you incorporate this theme clearly in your competition piece and of course the assignment for your category. Have fun and good luck with the preparations. (The theme does not apply for both flower categories)

 

Important for your preparations:

  • Before your start, read the competition rules carefully.
  • Make all the parts of your competition piece yourselves. (alone)
  • Your work is edible unless otherwise stated in the competition rules. The exceptions are floral wire and tape for sugar flowers, cardboard and dowels for internal support in a multi-layered cake. Dummy cakes are allowed in the category wedding cakes
  • Flower wire may not be inserted directly into the cake. Use flower picks, Posey picks or other food save tubes.
  • A topper that is inserted directly into the cake may not be supported by non-food dowels. Only if the topper is on a cake board or similar structure, cake dowels may be used under the cake cardboard.
  • General approved materials or additives:

marzipan, fondant, modelling paste, gum paste, flower paste, modelling chocolate or chocolate, royal icing, piping gel, blown sugar or an innovative technique of sugar is allowed. Gelatine may be used for parts, but the whole piece cannot be gelatine. Using internal support in cookies and toppers is only allowed with sugar sticks, chocolate sticks or spaghetti.

 

We wish you success creating your competition piece

 

Team Taart en Trends