What’s in store at Bakewell Baking Festival
PUBLISHED: 16:19 09 August 2016 | UPDATED: 16:19 09 August 2016
On 13th and 14th August the spiritual home of baking is hanging out the bunting and balloons for a weekend of fun...and buns
With the rising stars of the Great British Bake Off, stalls filled with goodies and a charm all of its own, the Bakewell Baking Festival returns on 13th and 14th August. The baking mad festival with a vintage twist has it all: demonstrations, music, stalls, comedy and fun and games for the family – including the wonderfully madcap mayhem of the Mr Darcy Custard Pie Fight.
This year’s baking stars include Nadiya Hussain, the sparkling winner of the 2015 GBBO. She said: ‘It will be my first ever visit to Bakewell and I am really looking forward to meeting everyone at the festival, sharing some of my recipes from my new book Nadiya’s Kitchen and of course sampling the legendary Bakewell Pudding.’
Also lined up to take to the stage are TV baker brother chef, Henry Herbert from Hobbs House Bakery whose brother Tom wowed the crowds last year, Masterchef’s fantastic Stacie Stewart and the wonderful first-ever Bake Off champion Edd Kimber. Said Edd: ‘I’m very excited to be coming back to Bakewell for the third year of the baking festival. It’s such a fun weekend that just keeps getting better, I can’t wait to be back baking on stage, a nice change from when we filmed Bake Off there all those years ago!’
Britain’s youngest baker Amy Beth Ellice, the 17-year-old tipped as ‘the next Nigella’ and who counts Katherine Jenkins and stars of Big Brother as her clients, will be baking from her book Amy’s Baking Year, expert Vicky Enderson will be showing the magic of creating a Michelin-star-style ‘wow’ factor and Bake Off finalist Howard Middleton is bringing his delicious brand of gluten-free baking into the tent. Columnist Nigel Brown, is the festival’s Master of Ceremonies and will also be whipping up some delicious bakes from his new book NB. How to Cook.
Visitors can get hands-on with activities such as children’s bake-a-longs, gingerbread decorating, a cake decorating competition, vintage games, ‘the barn’ play area, mini merry-go-round and the now legendary Mr Darcy Custard Pie Fight. Throughout the day there’s music from live acts and look out for Madame BonBon, who will sweep through the festival delivering her comical cupcake fortune-tellings and with around 100 stalls crammed with delicious bakes, hot food and drinks, as well as pretty vintage and kitchenalia, the festival is certainly the place to shop ‘til you drop.
On-site camping makes staying for the entire weekend an option and as dusk falls, the marquee presents two nights of entertainment: on Friday, a cabaret featuring a pick and mix of variety acts and on Saturday the return of last year’s comedy night which was such a roaring success. As well as the stars there are the bars, a big red bus and new for 2016, a chic cocktail ‘lounge’. This year, the festival also links up with nearby Haddon Hall, the home of Lord and Lady Edward Manners, for a Bakewell Baking Festival-inspired programme.
The Festival’s Director Paul Morgans says: ‘Last year was amazing. We had around 10,000 people attend the festival all held spellbound by our brilliant baking stars and I’m really delighted that we’ve managed to get last year’s Bake Off winner Nadiya to join us in this year’s line-up. We’ve added even more stalls and more entertainment as we want this to be a real celebration of the nation’s favourite pastime – baking!’