In connection with the world's first Rose Hip Festival in Søndervig held on Sunday, 14 August, there were seven participants in the contest regarding who could pick the most rose hips in a set time period - wearing only a bathing suit. Six girls and one boy went to Søndervig in the pouring rain, each carrying a bucket. In the course of 10 minutes they had to pick as many rose hips as possible. They demonstrated a lot of pluck by picking rose hips in bare arms and legs.
The winner was 13-year-old Matti Jacobs from Ringkøbing with 1.98 kg. Runner-up was 10-year-old Laura Askjær from Hvide Sande with 1.15 kg. She said she had practiced for several days prior to the contest. Coming in third was 10-year-old Karoline Jensen from Hvide Sande with 1.07 kg rose hips.
Rose Hip Seed Remover of the Year 2011
The seven contestants vying for removing seeds from the most rose hips in a set time period were not tested for doping as one humorous onlooker otherwise suggested. The contestants were deeply concentrated during the contest, especially Gilbert Yunan from Germany who won by removing seeds from 274 g of rose hips in 15 minutes. Runner-up was Trine Christensen from Hvide Sande with 231 g while third place went to Kirsten Hansen from Søndervig with 217 g. The winners were awarded a trophy and gift certificate to be used in Søndervig Centerforening's shops and restaurants.
Rose Hip Recipe of the Year 2011
The judges Kurt Kjær of Restaurant Sandgaarden in Søndervig, Dorte Storper, director of VIFU Holstebro, and honourary president of the Chef's Association, confectioner Gert Sørensen, were unanimous in their decision to select Karen Margrethe Damgaard from Herning's "Søndervig Jam" as "Rose Hip Recipe of the Year". Runner-up was Tove Have from Holstebro with her recipe "Coffee cake with rose hip" while third place went to Martin Thygesen from Hvide Sande for his "Chicken with rose hip and almond". See all the recipes here.
Despite rain and wind, the Rose Hip Festival had lots of visitors right from the start, at which time Kurt Kjær, chef and owner of Restaurant Sandgaarden in Søndervig, cooked and served samples of his legendary rose hip compôt. See the recipe here.
Rose Hip Festival in Søndervig in 2012
One of the organisers, Dorthe Frydendahl, destination manager at Holmsland Klit Tourist Association, says that the first Rose Hip Festival in Søndervig and the world will be evaluated. Howevver, she already imagines that Søndervig Centerforening will repeat the Rose Hip Festival in 2012.