With a cautious sprinkle of intrigue and lavish lashings of creativity, the first York Bake Off and Tea Party will be bringing the famous cake-baking challenge to York.
After finely sifting through the culinary delights, the judges shall award prizes to the winner of each of the eight categories as well as the Overall Star Baker. These prizes include £100 of Lush Legends goodies, a Soothing Summer Nights hamper, a Hebden Tea hamper and much more.
To relax, specialist workshops and a Tea Party cafe will be set up and open to the public to sample more tasty treats. Children (and creative adults!) will be able to try their hand at decorating biscuits and cakes.
All profits raised through the small entry fee to the Bake Off, the Tea Party and the specialist workshops, shall be going towards the Brunswick Organic Nursery. The Brunswick Organic Nursery is a charity in Bishopthorpe that aims to support adults with learning difficulties in York. The funds will be used to improve the kitchen and to improve the disabled access of the site.
Lauren Webb, Deputy Manager of Brunswick, said “Our cooking groups make delicious food but we’d like to develop this further and start producing more food that can be sold in our shop and at our weekend cafe. This gives our workers extra opportunities to learn new skills but also gives us a new way of raising money. We really need funds to improve the kitchen including things like replacing the flooring and kitchen units. We really hope it gets York’s home bakers in the competitive spirit whilst being a fun and delicious event for everyone!”
The Bake Off is open to all amateur cooks and bakers and will be judged by a specially selected panel of judges. The number of entries in each category is limited so competitors are advised to make sure that entries are submitted before the closing date of 20th September. Application packs are available to download from the York Bake Off website.
For those wanting to indulge at the event the inaugural York Bake Off and Tea Party will be held on 28th September, 11am – 4pm at St. Andrew’s Church Hall in Bishopthorpe.