Neigh­bours can’t go past a good lasagna

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

THE ques­tion ‘who can make the best lasagna?’ will be an­swered at the Lilly Street Lasagna Bake-Off in South Fre­man­tle on Novem­ber 10.

The an­nual com­pe­ti­tion has run for 21 years and or­gan­iser Paul Ja­cobs said the idea was to re­con­nect peo­ple and their com­mu­ni­ties.

“We re­mem­ber back in the good old days when ev­ery­one knew every­body on the street and it took a whole vil­lage to raise a child,” he said.

“The Bake Off may bring us one small step fur­ther to liv­ing this kind of life.”

Mr Ja­cobs said the event be­gan when two neigh­bours, Matt El­liot and Si­mon Jones, who lived across the road from each other, asked a fel­low neigh­bour who had the bet­ter lasagna.

“She took a mouth­ful of each and then an­nounced that no mat­ter how good the boys’ lasagna was, hers was bet­ter!” he said.

“The gaunt­let was thrown down, right there in the mid­dle of Lilly Street, and a com­pe­ti­tion was de­clared.

“From this day forth, each Novem­ber of each year the res­i­dents of Lilly Street would bat­tle for the best lasagna.”

Mr Ja­cobs said the judges were lo­cal food­ies who took their re­spon­si­bil­ity very se­ri­ously.

“The judges look for a re­ally well-con­structed, tasty tra­di­tional lasagna, so we ad­vise peo­ple that if they are go­ing to make a lasagna ‘with a twist’ they should prob­a­bly en­ter the ‘Out of the Square’ sec­tion, as this is the arena for non-tra­di­tional lasag­nas to “have their mo­ment”,” he said.

“The day is re­ally like a huge street pic­nic.”

The theme for the event is ‘Freo For­mal’ and will be held on Novem­ber 10 from 10.30am.

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Jenny Baker and Paul Ja­cobs are or­gan­is­ing the 21st Lilly Street Lasagna Bake-off.

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