THE 2020 MAZER CUP INTERNATIONAL MEAD COMPETITION UPDATE
Competition, Events, and Dates
New Dates: Saturday, September 26 – Thursday, October 1, 2020
June 19, 2020
Much has changed in the face of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Many of us have been sheltering in place for the past 3 months, working from home, watching the events of our world unfold via broadcast media, social media and other sources. None of us has been unaffected by the restrictions imposed by our respective governments, and like many we wonder how our countries will move forward in the face of an unseen and faceless threat to ourselves and our communities, and our very way of life.
In the case of the Mazer Cup International Mead Competition we have been working on these issues since March, Friday 13, 2020 when this pandemic forced us to postpone the competition until later in the year. We have been working with our partners at the Omni Interlocken Resort to re-schedule the competition to provide a safer and more controlled competition environment. Originally we landed in July, but felt that may be too soon to hold the competition, The Omni staff have been advising us as other events have cancelled and the opportunity to schedule at the end of September 2020 presented as an option literally 1 week ago. We pulled together a planning committee meeting, and decided to go forward with September 26-October 1, 2020.
We decided on this date based on the challenges we faced to hold the Mazer Cup International Mead Competitions, the Mead Mixer, and the Volunteers Banquet. The biggest challenge of course was safeguarding and storing the competition entries in a secure and environmentally controlled environment. We moved the home and commercial entries on June 5th and 6th to a new secure and environmentally controlled environment. Everyone who successfully shipped home and commercial entries may rest assured that we have treated your mead with as much care as we do our own.
The biggest changes in 2020 will be that the Mead Mixer and Volunteer Banquet will not be held due to restrictions on gathering size indoors, and food serving format restrictions.
Thank you all for your patience and understanding. We will be contacting judges, stewards and volunteers in the next few days, and we are working with the Omni on room configurations to ensure compliance with gathering size restrictions in the conference rooms, and comply with safe social distancing. We will have updates as we move forward.
Thank you for your support,
This competition is produced and operated by mead-lovers and enthusiasts from across the USA who want to see mead restored to its rightful place as a mainstream beverage everyone can enjoy. We are not affiliated with any meaderies, and we operate independently of any commercial mead organizations or associations. Most of us have been actively working as volunteers since the 2006 Home and Commercial Mead Competitions at the International Mead Festival in Boulder, CO. We travel to Broomfield, CO every year to help put on this competition and associated events. We pay our own transportation, lodging, meals and associated costs out of our own pockets. We are reimbursed for direct MCI related expenses only.
The Mazer Cup International Mead Competition is operated and hosted by the Mazer Cup International Incorporated., a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization. No funds are disbursed to board or planning committee members except to reimburse out of pocket expenses which are verified by receipts/invoices. The Mazer Cup International is an IRS approved and registered non-profit as well as a State of Colorado registered non-profit. All proceeds from entry fees and associated events are used to fund the competitions and to give financial support to the Community Food Share.
The Mazer Cup International Mead Competition and associated events are funded by competition entry fees, donations, sponsorships along with proceeds from admission and table fees from the Mead Mixer. This revenue also enables us to donate to the Community Food Share serving the Boulder and Broomfield communities. Since 2015, proceeds from the Mead Mixer have funded over 27,000 meals to the food insecure in Boulder and Broomfield counties.
Federal Tax ID #: 46-2154298
Community Food Share provides direct support to families, seniors, and other individuals who struggle with hunger in Boulder and Broomfield Counties. 32% of Community Food Share’s food is distributed through these programs (the remaining 68% is distributed through our Partner Agencies).
Feeding Families is Community Food Share’s onsite pantry that serves families with children participating in the free and reduced lunch program, Head Start, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Families come once a week, and our “choice pantry” model allows them to choose the fresh produce, milk, grains, and other healthy staples they need. Learn more.
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
Community Food Share provides emergency food and nutrition assistance through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), a Federal program through the USDA. Participants receive groceries twice a month: TEFAP provides commodity foods including pantry and frozen items, and Community Food Share supplies fresh produce, bread, and dairy items. Eligibility for this program is determined by income guidelines set by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Learn more.
The Elder Share program is a lifeline for many low-income seniors in our community. Community Food Share delivers food twice a month to neighborhood sites throughout Boulder and Broomfield Counties, and seniors who are homebound receive home delivery. Food choices include fresh produce, canned food, cereal, bread, and commodity foods from the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), a program that is administered at the federal level by the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service. Learn more.
Rabbit’s Foot Meadery MCI 2020 Best of Show Award – $500 Cash Prize From Mike Faul
To all of you who will compete in the 2019 Mazer Cup International Home MeadMaker Competition. As we approach our 25th year in business we wanted to do something that was good for the industry but also focus on those individuals that have been our greatest supporters in the industry. But what could we do that would have an impact? Then it struck me when I came home from the most recent AMMA meeting at the Mazer Cup. We have done extremely well in past years and now believe more than ever that the newer mead makers deserve to be recognized too and in light of that we decided that we would not be entering any of the commercial competitions but instead use that money to help all the home mead makers by not only continuing to sponsor the T-Shirts to help the MCI but to show our profound respect for the non-professional mead makers, amateur is not a word I would use and after tasting some superb meads this year, and one in particular that was beyond words, we decided that what was needed in addition to the wonderful award for the best of show mead, is to award some cash to that person. It is with great pleasure that I want to announce the ‘Rabbit’s Foot Meadery Prize’. This will be an annual prize of $500 to the winner of the Home Best of Show award. Our small way of showing you that we appreciate your efforts, your experimentation and to provide you with some financial assistance to keep you making more. We all started somewhere.
Yirsa Farms MCI 2020 Best of Show Award – Five Gallons of 2019 Apimondia Gold Medal Winning Hairy Vetch Honey
Yirsa Farms Honey
Moving from the big city life in Chicago to rural Montana during the homestead days, Anton Yirsa (Jirsa), his wife Anezka (Agnes) with their two boys, Anton Jr. (Tony) and Edward (Teddy) were in search of the American dream. Although, Anton and Anezka decided to move back to the city in 1928, Edward and his new wife Libbie pursued the farm life and had two boys, Edward Jr. and Robert.
When Edward Jr. and Robert were old enough, they both followed in their father’s footsteps and expanded the farm together, breaking up acres and acres of land on their little John Deere D tractor (just like the one in our logo today). Edward married Shirley Frieling and Robert married Rita Paul, each beginning families of their own.
Today, over 100 years later, the farm is still in the family, and the 3rd, 4th, and 5th generations are continuing to strive for excellence in our field and bring customers top quality products.
The Mazer Cup International has been in a supporting partnership with the Community Food Share of Boulder and Broomfield Counties since 2015. Proceeds from the Mazer Cup International Mead Mixer have funded over 27,000 meals distributed by the Community Food Share to those in need. The mission of the Community Food Share of Boulder and Broomfield Counties is to be a leader in the effort to end hunger in Boulder and Broomfield Counties.
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