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What’s On: Bakewell Baking Festival 2015

PUBLISHED: 10:12 06 August 2015 | UPDATED: 10:12 06 August 2015

A Mr Darcy Custard Pie Fight contestant

A Mr Darcy Custard Pie Fight contestant

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Get into the spirit of the Great British Bake Off this summer at the ‘spiritual home of baking’

Baker Brother Tom HerbertBaker Brother Tom Herbert

The beautiful town of Bakewell is famed for its puddings and tarts but now it is entering into the spirit of TV’s Great British Bake off with a fabulous festival that mixes foodie delights with a vintage flavour. On 14th-16th August the town’s showground will be transformed by bunting and balloons into the archetypal English garden party where visitors can indulge in a nostalgia fest of afternoon teas and jolly good fun.

There’ll be celebrity bakers on hand to show visitors how to create their own ‘showstoppers’, a festival ‘market village’ selling everything from sourdough to sachertorte and a chance to take part in the famous Mr Darcy custard pie fight.

The festival is being held at the culmination of National Afternoon Tea Week which runs from 10th-16th August and nothing could be more fabulous than taking afternoon tea at the Tea Vintage tent, where the waiters are liable to break into song any minute, finding out about teatime treats from expert cake makers, or perhaps picnicking stylishly down by the River Wye on pastries and patisserie bought from one of the exhibitors.

On the Friday night the event kicks off with a chic charity soiree of cocktails, retro nibbles and vintage fashion in aid of local charity Helen’s Trust, which raises funds so that people at the end of their life can be looked after in the comfort of their own home. They’ve harnessed the talents of Matlock based vintage-style divas Bella Figura to make the event a memorable occasion too. Throughout the weekend, visitors can stroll through the hand-picked selection of stalls stocked with artisan goodies, watch a demonstration from a top chef, or nibble strawberries and sip champagne or Pimms al fresco with foodie friends. This is the ultimate celebration of quintessential Englishness, a whimsical garden party held against the backdrop of stunning countryside.

Howard MiddletonHoward Middleton

TV baker brother Tom Herbert makes his debut at the festival this year, joining a fabulous line-up that includes Bake Off champion, Edd Kimber, Stacey Stewart of MasterChef fame, Howard Middleton and Iain Watters, who famously threw his Baked Alaska in the bin on last year’s Great British Bake Off.

There will be family fun at the quirky Mr Darcy custard pie fight, vintage DJ-ing, children’s cake decorating, vintage games, a clandestine cake club baking event and an appearance by afternoon tea aficionado and supper club supremo, Miss Marmite Lover. Other attractions include cupcake and gingerbread decorating, an exciting live cake decorating final from Ocean Finance, a Teddy Bear’s Picnic, chapatti-making and tea appreciation as well as a Japanese Tea ceremony in collaboration with Toyota City. There will also be artisan bread makers, creative bakers and biscuit aficionados, as well as a selection of hand-picked food and drink suppliers, including cheesemakers and chocolatiers.

Stalls selling beautiful kitchenalia bygones, clothing and other vintage wares will be there to tempt those who love their retro finds and there will be a vintage motorcar display, music and entertainment to make the event go with a swing.

The festival’s change of site this year means visitors have the opportunity to camp close to the festival throughout the entire weekend. ‘We’re creating the ultimate country festival, an event with all the charms of the country fete but on a much bigger scale and with celebrity appearances thrown into the mix,’ says festival director Paul Morgans. ‘Bakewell is home of the famous pudding to which it gave its name and that makes it the perfect place for this festival. It is the spiritual home of baking.’

For more information visit www.bakewellbakingfestival.co.uk

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