December 6 2013 Latest news:
Donna-Louise Bishop, Reporter
Friday, September 27, 2013
It wasn’t just a plate that felt the wibble wobble of a jelly at this year’s annual tallest jelly competition, but also a traffic cone, washing-up bowl and - without a doubt - the floor, as contestants battled it out for the title of “overall winner”.
Run by the Institute of Food Research (IFR), the competition challenges school-aged youngsters to build the tallest jelly using only edible ingredients to strengthen it and in any container they like.
And over the past eight years, hundreds of participants have combined many weird and wonderful ingredients - from cous cous to chocolate - to create both ingenuous and stomach-churning creations set on reaching for the sky.
Dee Rawsthorne, public engagement manager at the IFR, said the noise at yesterday’s event was “phenomenal” as the children squealed with excitement during the messy unveiling of all 27 jellies at the Forum, Norwich.
She said: “Some of the jellies end up looking nothing like jellies at all. But it’s great fun and it also teaches them science in a way they can relate to.
“Without knowing it they start asking quite complex questions about the science behind the jelly-making process.”
Unfortunately, none of the teams beat the current record of 1m, but Little Melton Primary School, near Norwich, scooped the accolade this year at 65cm.
A team from Tunstead Primary School, near Stalham, proved that even if your jelly failed to stand, you could still impress the judges, and they were awarded the title for best workbook which looked at the food science, biology, chemistry, and physics behind the experiment.
But the title of overall winner was given to Mattishall Primary School, near Dereham, as the judges were impressed with how “jelly-like” their final product was in terms of shape and taste.
The team won a show for their school by Ken Farquhar of the Inspirational Science Theatre Company.
• The annual contest is part of the EDP Adnams Norfolk Food and Drink Festival. For more information about the festival, visit www.norfolkfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk and www.edp24.co.uk/what-s-on/norfolk-food-and-drink-festival where you will find recipes, quizzes, interviews and more.