Ready, steady, bake…

victoria sandwichNext month sees the return of The BIG Newark Bake Off – with 11 classes and the chance to have a go at decorating cupcakes and biscuits, not to mention trophies and prizes for Newark’s best bakers, this popular event takes place in The Buttermarket on Saturday 20 June.

It’s free to enter – just register by midnight on Wednesday 17 June and deliver your cake, sweet treat, bread or bake between 10am and 11.15am on the day.

Wondering what you can enter? There are four classes for Juniors (14 and under) :

  • Decorated gingerbread man (8 and under)
  • Three decorated cupcakes on the theme of Travel
  • My favourite cake
  • Fridge cake

Or if you’re 15 or over, why not enter one of the classes for Seniors?

  • Three decorated cupcakes on the theme of Travel
  • My favourite sweet treat
  • Chocolate cake
  • Loaf of bread
  • Newark bake
  • Victoria sandwich
  • Professional cake decorators showcase

chocolate cakeJudging starts at 11.45am and the Girls Around Town will be stepping up to the plate once more to put the chocolate cakes to the taste test – always a tough task but who better to rise to the challenge?!

Newark’s Best Baker and Newark’s Best Junior Baker will each carry off a trophy and win a place on a chocolate making workshop with Choccy Coco Chic – there’ll also be a one-to-one sugarcraft flower making session for the best senior baker and rosettes to 6th place in all classes.

The have-a-go cupcake and biscuit decorating takes place between 10am and 2pm, while from 12.30pm to 1.30pm you can watch the professionals battling it out in a live cake decorating competition.

You’ll find full details of the classes and the competition rules on the entry form, which is available online or in the Newark Advertiser. Get your entry in, get your cupcake cases, icing bags and ingredients out and get ready to whip up a winning entry!

Win with the Girls Around Town

bouquetOne lucky listener won a beautiful seasonal bouquet from Flowertime this morning, in the first of four competitions on Girls Around Town. Congratulations to Monica Lawrence from Newark – we hope you enjoy your flowers as much as you enjoyed the show!

If you entered and didn’t win or if you missed the chance today, all is not lost – June, Tina and Sue have three more bouquets to give away before Christmas…

Tune in between 10am and 1pm on Saturday 6, Saturday 13 and Saturday 20 December to find out how to enter – next time, the bouquet could be yours!



A fruity family festival

elderflower festivalTo celebrate 30 years of making their famous cordials and pressés, Belvoir Fruit Farms will be holding their first ever Elderflower Festival on Sunday 13 July.

Set in the grounds of Knipton Cricket Club, just below Belvoir Castle, the festival runs from 10am to 4pm and will be packed with activities and entertainment for all the family.

Sample and buy some of the tasty treats from local producers – browse for gorgeous gifts among the craft stalls – listen to live jazz music – and watch Morris and Maypole dancers perform.

For the children, there’ll be street party games, juggling, balloon modelling and face painting, as well as the opportunity to enter the Elderflower Fairy Children’s Fancy Dress Competition, with a hamper of goodies for the winner of each of the two categories (5 and under and 6 to 11).

frances quinnFoodie fans will enjoy the cookery demonstrations by home economist Teresa Bovey, head chef of Les Rosbifs Restaurant Duncan Hooper and special guest Frances Quinn, winner of The Great British Bake Off in 2013.

Frances will also be on hand to judge entries in the Elderflower Baking Competition. The results will be announced at 3pm, with a Belvoir Fruit Farms Hamper and a ‘Lovely’ clock for the winner of each of the three categories – Elderflower Cake, Belvoir Fruit Farms Cordial Cake and Lovely Cake – and a wooden ‘Lovely’ trophy for runners up.

Admission to the festival is £1 for individuals or £5 per car. Visit their website for more details; and while you’re there, why not check out some of the yummy recipes and cocktail ideas too?