One of the most iconic attractions at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is the Virtual Butter Sculpture Competition. This year – and for the first time in The Fair’s history – the contest was open to all Canadians with our at-home Virtual Butter Sculpture Competition. We received entries from coast-to-coast-to-coast and are proud to share the Grand Champions in two categories: kids 12 and under and 13+.

Please help us congratulate Chef Dave Hawey, winner of our 13-and-over category with his beautiful Hummingbird sculpture and Elsa, winner of our 12-and-under category with her exceptional Turkey sculpture. Check out their amazing avian creations below.

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Butter Sculpture Champions

13-and-over Winner: Dave Hawey

12-and-under Winner: Elsa

How it works

Launching October 19, anyone (kids and adults alike!) is welcome to create a miniature butter sculpture from one pound of butter. Once your sculpture is complete (and photo ready!) – snap a pic and share on Instagram using #ButterSculptureChallenge and tagging @theroyalfair to enter the contest and have a chance to be crowned a Royal Champion. Not on social media? Feel free to email your masterpiece by clicking the Enter Now button above. There are two categories: one for kids 12 and under, and one for everyone else. Be sure to identify which category you’re entering when you submit.

Entries close November 4 at 11:59 EST, after which The Royal and a panel of esteemed experts (including our 2020 Royal Ambassador, Duke the Silkie Frizzle Rooster!) will select a group of finalists in each category, who will be announced on November 10.

From there, it’ll be up to Canadians to decide, voting online for their favourite – with a winner crowned a Royal Champion in each category, receiving a prize valued at $150 CAD.

Three Tips for Butter Sculpting

  • Temperature is key

    When getting ready to sculpt, make sure your butter is cold, and if you can – sculpt in a cool room (or even outside). It’s important to get the temperature right – too cold and the butter will crack; too warm and it’ll melt. If you notice that it starts to get too soft, quickly throw your creation into the fridge for 15 minutes.

  • Select your base

    Before you get started, be sure to pick out a plate or cutting board to make your creation on so that you can easily move it to and from the fridge.

  • Tool time!

    Butter sculpting is all about creativity – and so, feel free to use whatever you have around the kitchen: spoons, popsicle sticks, cheese graters. Use your imagination to create your masterpiece.

And once your sculpture is complete, don’t forget to share a photo on social media using the hashtag,#ButterSculptureChallenge and tag @theroyalfair. We can’t wait to see what you create!

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