After a year and ten months serving as Montengarde’s A&S champion (Emerald Rose) I was happy to host the competition to find my replacement at Twelfth Night.
Montengarde is the name of the Barony in the SCA – it’s the mundane city of Calgary, Alberta.
I had four individuals enter for the chance to win the honour of being the next Emerald Rose. Each of these individuals offered two entries. Additionally I had three single-entry
competitors. These individuals were looking for the chance to show their work and get feedback, but were not competing for the title. Entries included:
- Hand-woven leg wraps
- Beeswax candles
- A research paper on Anglo-Saxon culinary
- Briw (a cooked stew kind of dish)
- Tallow candles
- A block-printed garment
- An Italian gown
- English knitting
- A Tarim Basin outfit
I was really excited at how many entries there were, and how many of them were culinary entries. While culinary isn’t an area I’m particularly well-researched in, I have heard over and over how it’s one of the more difficult subject areas to compete in (alongside research papers and bardic entries) and so I’m super-impressed that the participants opted to put their efforts into this for the competition!