Choc(k) full of fun

IMPORTANT UPDATE – THURSDAY 19 MARCH

Due to the current situation, the event below has unfortunately been cancelled


Do you fancy your chances of being crowned Newark‘s new Star Baker next month?

Have you got the skills – and the chocolate! – to walk away with the title when Newark Does Bake Off returns to Ann et Vin on Sunday 19 April?

Whether you want to bring along your best bake or just your appetite, find out more on next weekend’s show when Ann Hayes joins the Girls Around Town to talk about what’s in store,

Entries will be judged in three different categories – best decorated one-tier cake, best children’s bake (open to under 16s) and of course best chocolate cake – and whether you’re planning on being a baker or a taster, tickets are just £10 each.

Doors open at 12 noon for entrants to set up and the all-important judging, then the equally important tasting will get under way at 1pm.

With all the proceeds from the event going to the Stand Up For Cancer campaign, it’s the perfect opportunity to help raise funds for this much-loved charity while enjoying a bit of Sunday afternoon fun – what’s not to like about that?

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 10am to 12 noon next Sunday when Ann will be sharing all the details with June and Claire.

In the meantime, you’ll find more about the event here and if you’re a would-be star baker you might want to get a little bit of inspiration from the contestants of The Great Celebrity British Bake Off, who’ll be making their first appearance in the famous tent on Channel 4 at 8pm on Tuesday 10 March

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Getting crafty for Christmas!

It’s official – the countdown to Christmas has begun…

Time for the Girls Around Town to start getting into the festive spirit and where better to begin than with news of a series of Christmas workshops, especially one that involves chocolate?

Joining June and Claire next weekend, Amanda Stone will be sharing all the details of the seasonal events on the Rural Antics programme over the next couple of months.

Whether you want to add a personal touch to your presents or give wreath-making a go, create your own wire angel or add a touch of style to the table with a stunning centrepiece, the programme has something to fit the bill.

Then of course there’s the chocolate truffle making experience when you’ll not only be feasting your way through the morning of Sunday 24 November but will leave laden with goodies to share with family and friends…

And as if all of that isn’t enough to tempt you to book a place on one of the workshops, did you know that they’re held at the Hanwell Wine Estate, a family-run vineyard at Hickling Pastures near Melton Mowbray?

Yes, you guessed it – while you’re there you can stock up on English wines for those Christmas meals and drinks parties, including their very own new rosé!

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 10am to 12 noon next Sunday to find out from Amanda just how and when you can get crafty this Christmas…

It’s never too (choco)late!

National Chocolate Week may have come and gone for another year (it ended on Sunday 9 October) but that’s not going to stop June, Tina and Sue re-visiting their all-time favourite subject next weekend…

On the show back in April to talk about the Melton Mowbray Cheese Festival, Matthew O’Callaghan dropped a few hints about another event already in the pipeline. It’s been in the Girls Around Town‘s diaries ever since and on Sunday he’ll be on the phone again with all the details…

Some of the UK’s top chocolatiers will be joining forces on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November for ChocFest, a national celebration of all things chocolate. And with puddings to pancakes, biscuits to beer and cakes to kebabs just a few of the things to try and buy over the weekend, there’s no doubt that chocoholics from far and wide will be making their way to Melton next month!

The chocolate theme continues in the second hour of the show, when Lisa Holloway drops into the studio to share one of her favourite recipes.

She’ll be talking too about her decision to relinquish her role as the owner of Compton House and the plans she has for the future now she’s no longer busy providing a warm welcome – and delicious breakfasts! – for visitors to Newark’s much-loved B&B…

Tune in or listen online from 10am to 12 noon to find out what’s in store for visitors to Melton Mowbray in four weeks’ time and for Lisa in the weeks and months to come.

And watch this space for Lisa’s recipe which will be online shortly after the show!