Yesterday I attended the BBC Good Food Bakes & Cakes Show in London with my eldest daughter but we very nearly never made it. The journey into London was fraught with disaster and I was unsure that we would get there at all. Thankfully, luck must have been on our side and we arrived just in time to watch Mary Berry in the bakes & cakes theatre. Best of all we were in the front row which I didn’t realise until we got there. Mary was a real pro and demonstrated how to make raspberry & apples muffins and fig & nut bars.
Our next stop was the book signing queue, we waited patiently to get Mary Berry to sign my well used copy of her Baking Bible and the new book Mary Cooks the Perfect. It made my daughter’s day when Mary said ‘Keep up the baking, young lady’.
A little while later we queued again for book signing with Paul Hollywood, we were well positioned and could see and hear Paul being interviewed by Jo Wheatley winner of GBBO series 2. After the interview Paul came across and began the book signing, we were close to the front of the queue so we didn’t wait for long before we met Paul and he signed his latest book, British Baking for me.
The show is not just about seeing your baking heroes but is also a chance to stock up on much needed baking goodies and also to buy bakes from artisan producers. I loved the shabby chic vintage plates from the Simply Vintage Designs stall. I recommend you try the brownies from The Brownie Bar they were so delicious, the pistachio and white chocolate brownie was gorgeous.
At lunchtime with aching feet it was lovely to sit down to an afternoon tea of finger sandwiches and dainty cakes. With nothing planned afterwards we had an opportunity to take a look at the stunning cakes on the cake parade from the professional cake decorators. Here’s a few pictures of my favourites.
The show cake decorating competition had a Halloween theme, judged by John Whaite the prize was afternoon tea with Mary Berry. These cakes were truly exceptional, especially those from the junior category.
Later in the day we saw chocolatier Paul A Young being interviewed on the stage, feeling chocolate inspired we then popped across to the Lakeland shop and bought chocolate making moulds. The very kind ladies at Lakeland arranged for Paul A Young to sign a copy of his book with a photo opportunity too, thanks Lakeland.
Our final stop was to watch Mary Berry being interviewed, which was a real pleasure. Mary talked passionately about her hopes for all children being about to cook for themselves by the time they leave school. I couldn’t agree more.
During the day we caught glimpses of this years Great British Bake Off contestants, including Richard, Chetna, Kate, Martha, Luis and the winner herself Nancy. Making the show a must for Bake Off fans.
Today is the final day of the show, if you are unable to go but want to win a signed copy of Mary Berry Cooks the Perfect why not enter my giveaway.
Until next time, happy baking.