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.
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.
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!