South Fremantle: the great lasagna bake off is on again

Jenny Baker and Paul Jacobs are organising the 21st Lilly Street Lasagna Bake-off. Photo: Andrew Ritchie. d488070 communitypix.com.au.
Jenny Baker and Paul Jacobs are organising the 21st Lilly Street Lasagna Bake-off. Photo: Andrew Ritchie. d488070 communitypix.com.au.

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 take their responsibility very seriously.

“The judges look for a really well constructed tasty traditional lasagna, so we advise people that if that 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. Neighbours connect and “break bread” together.”

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