Art, crafts and cooking move forward online despite Victoria’s lockdown



Classes open to all include photography, lace, toys and decorated cakes. Junior classes (5-18 years old) include design technology, decorated cupcakes and a wide art class for all mediums.

Ms Wityk, from Point Cook, will present a grapefruit, orange and lemon marmalade in the open can section. His 10-year-old daughter Isabella will be entering the junior healthy muffin section.

Some of Mel Wityk’s other entries for the 2017 Royal Melbourne Show Cooking Competition.

Isabella, who already does home movies with her 8-year-old brother Matthew, will assist with the videos.

Ms Wityk, head of nursing unit at Sunshine Hospital, said the job during the pandemic had been “really tough.”

Staff wear face shields and N95 masks and deal with frustrated people who oppose restrictions surrounding visiting patients.

Baking is the perfect stress reliever for Ms. Wityk: it’s precise, something she can control, and she loves to feed people.

Mel Wityk at the Royal Melbourne Show 2017 with her award-winning slice of coffee.

Mel Wityk at the Royal Melbourne Show 2017 with her award-winning slice of coffee.Credit:Carolyn Webb

“It keeps me busy. This is what fills my cup and makes me happy.

Ms Wityk remembers the thrill at the 2017 Royal Melbourne Show of winning the Best in Show award and dominating the slices category for her tri-layered coffee slice.


She will miss the camaraderie with other participants on the exhibition grounds and admiration for the creations of others, but she is still excited to compete online.

“Everyone can at least find some positivity with the rest of the show not happening and with the pandemic. “

Ms Wityk would love to outdo the ingenuity of a former competitor by turning the rinds of her oranges into little bows, seen hanging in the marmalade.

“I was in awe. It was phenomenal, it’s so off the beaten track,” she said. “I would like to try something different like this.”

Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria chief executive Brad Jenkins said regular entrants want the 2021 competition to go ahead.

“The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria hopes that the free online Makers and Creators competition will inspire wonderful creativity and provide great enjoyment to many members of the community in these extraordinary times,” said Mr. Jenkins.

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