Thursday, 30 October 2014

Slices of the Bake & Cake show....

Last Saturday I headed to North London for the first Good Food Bake & Cake show... the show was being held at the Design Centre in Islington a short walk from Angel station. On arrival I was handed a free show guide filled with  great recipes which were being showcased during the Bakes & Cakes theatre sessions, along with a floorplan, timetable and A-Z of exhibitors. As I entered the centre Mary Berry was just cutting the pink ribbon to open the show.
My ticket included a session at the theatre and I had booked the Mary Berry & Lucy show, which was the first to start. The theatre sessions were incredible well organised and lots fun. With the requisite advertorials met, hosted by Lisa Faulkner and a very funny camera man Tony, Mary was joined on stage by her daughter Annabel, where they baked Chocolate & Irish Cream roulade, Raspberry & Apple muffins and Fig & Nut bars.
Mary made them look so easy, and I am definitely making the chocolate roulade at Christmas.  Leaving the theatre it was time to peruse the exhibits, there was a mixture of some big name sponsers, along with some favourites of mine; Baker & Maker,  & Iced Jems, and Simply Vintage.
Iced Jems is a great little store which houses some of the best offerings of cupcake cases, straws and cutters .. have used the site many times and it was lovely to finally met Jemma and her family. The stand looked amazing (and yes I did come home with some more treats!) Baker & Maker also offer some fabulous bakeware and retro pieces, milk bottles being my favourite and the gorgeous milk glass cake stands.

Another favourite of mine is Simply Vintage designs,  a cool company that deals in vintage kitchen and bakeware.
One of my favourite things was the big Baking Tips chalkboard which housed lots of vintage tags with baking tips from all the baking celebrities, along with the chance to share your own....
Some of my favourite food bakers & treats were also at the show, it was lovely to see some to chat and also sample their makes & bakes.
There was a cacophony of colour on the Meringue Girls, who have had an amazing year ... Primrose Bakery also had a cute little stand, showcasing their fabulous books and cupcakes... the new book is delicious...a must for any baker for christmas... who can resist a gingerbread house.

It was also lovely to see Kooky Bakes at the show, the stand looked delicious and was filled with Whoopie Pies, Brownie Slices, Cookies and Cupcakes. I couldn't resist taking one of the Signature slices home with me....
Another great cake find at the show was Victoria Yum who also had a gorgeous stand filled with delicious bakes.... the syling of the stand was a mixture of home-spun urban... showcasing cupcakes, frosted loaf cakes and glorious victoria sponges. I chose a slice of the banana and salted caramel cake, which was moist, flavourful and melt in the mouth delicious.

Along with some great exhibits and food treats, there was plenty of places to sit and rest, eat & drink.  Most giving great views across this lovely building... as I walked round the top balcony, they were bus setting up for the afternoon tea area....which looked lovely.
Another little added treat at this show was the beautiful floral arrangements which were doted around the show.

On the lower mezzanine of the floor housed the huge Lakeland stand and their interview stage, along with the book corner from WHSmiths.... The interview stage was being hosted by Jo Wheatley (winner of season 2 of Great British Bake off)
Her first interviewee was the lovely Mary Berry, fresh from the baking stage...It looked like she was having much fun with Mary Berry and there was so much love in the room for Mary Berry....
Another huge favourite was Eric Lanlard, who looked like he was having much fun & laughter with Jo before and during the interview. The stage was laid out in a cool sitting room style, with white furniture, flowers and a very retro lamp!... Jo had asked her fascebook followers for some questions which she shared with the interviewees.. from Strictly, to favourite bakes and one essential baking musts.... Eric's must was Weighing Scales and Mary shared her love of Strictly and categorically ruled out going on the show herself, having been asked several times....
I had an enjoyable time at the show, it was well organised, had some great exhibits, and fabulous baking treats.... I am sure that this will only get bigger each year it is hosted.

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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Slices of the Bake & Cake show....

Last Saturday I headed to North London for the first Good Food Bake & Cake show... the show was being held at the Design Centre in Islington a short walk from Angel station. On arrival I was handed a free show guide filled with  great recipes which were being showcased during the Bakes & Cakes theatre sessions, along with a floorplan, timetable and A-Z of exhibitors. As I entered the centre Mary Berry was just cutting the pink ribbon to open the show.
My ticket included a session at the theatre and I had booked the Mary Berry & Lucy show, which was the first to start. The theatre sessions were incredible well organised and lots fun. With the requisite advertorials met, hosted by Lisa Faulkner and a very funny camera man Tony, Mary was joined on stage by her daughter Annabel, where they baked Chocolate & Irish Cream roulade, Raspberry & Apple muffins and Fig & Nut bars.
Mary made them look so easy, and I am definitely making the chocolate roulade at Christmas.  Leaving the theatre it was time to peruse the exhibits, there was a mixture of some big name sponsers, along with some favourites of mine; Baker & Maker,  & Iced Jems, and Simply Vintage.
Iced Jems is a great little store which houses some of the best offerings of cupcake cases, straws and cutters .. have used the site many times and it was lovely to finally met Jemma and her family. The stand looked amazing (and yes I did come home with some more treats!) Baker & Maker also offer some fabulous bakeware and retro pieces, milk bottles being my favourite and the gorgeous milk glass cake stands.

Another favourite of mine is Simply Vintage designs,  a cool company that deals in vintage kitchen and bakeware.
One of my favourite things was the big Baking Tips chalkboard which housed lots of vintage tags with baking tips from all the baking celebrities, along with the chance to share your own....
Some of my favourite food bakers & treats were also at the show, it was lovely to see some to chat and also sample their makes & bakes.
There was a cacophony of colour on the Meringue Girls, who have had an amazing year ... Primrose Bakery also had a cute little stand, showcasing their fabulous books and cupcakes... the new book is delicious...a must for any baker for christmas... who can resist a gingerbread house.

It was also lovely to see Kooky Bakes at the show, the stand looked delicious and was filled with Whoopie Pies, Brownie Slices, Cookies and Cupcakes. I couldn't resist taking one of the Signature slices home with me....
Another great cake find at the show was Victoria Yum who also had a gorgeous stand filled with delicious bakes.... the syling of the stand was a mixture of home-spun urban... showcasing cupcakes, frosted loaf cakes and glorious victoria sponges. I chose a slice of the banana and salted caramel cake, which was moist, flavourful and melt in the mouth delicious.

Along with some great exhibits and food treats, there was plenty of places to sit and rest, eat & drink.  Most giving great views across this lovely building... as I walked round the top balcony, they were bus setting up for the afternoon tea area....which looked lovely.
Another little added treat at this show was the beautiful floral arrangements which were doted around the show.

On the lower mezzanine of the floor housed the huge Lakeland stand and their interview stage, along with the book corner from WHSmiths.... The interview stage was being hosted by Jo Wheatley (winner of season 2 of Great British Bake off)
Her first interviewee was the lovely Mary Berry, fresh from the baking stage...It looked like she was having much fun with Mary Berry and there was so much love in the room for Mary Berry....
Another huge favourite was Eric Lanlard, who looked like he was having much fun & laughter with Jo before and during the interview. The stage was laid out in a cool sitting room style, with white furniture, flowers and a very retro lamp!... Jo had asked her fascebook followers for some questions which she shared with the interviewees.. from Strictly, to favourite bakes and one essential baking musts.... Eric's must was Weighing Scales and Mary shared her love of Strictly and categorically ruled out going on the show herself, having been asked several times....
I had an enjoyable time at the show, it was well organised, had some great exhibits, and fabulous baking treats.... I am sure that this will only get bigger each year it is hosted.

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