Want to discover new autumnal baking ideas? This season is one of the greatest for food festivals, where you can hone in on your baking skills, learn new tips and find inspiration on what to serve your customers during the coming months. Across the UK, foodies, chefs and professional bakers will be uniting to appreciate great cuisine, cooking techniques and watch live demonstrations from their favourite TV chefs – helping to further develop their autumn dishes and delicious bakes. At BAKO, we’ve found some of the best food festivals taking place this season that offer a wealth of cooking creativity.
1. Melton Mowbray Food Festival
1st and 2nd October 2016
It wouldn’t be a food festival in Melton Mowbray without trying two of the local specialities – Stilton cheese and, of course, Melton Mowbray pork pies. This festival offers traditional British delicacies alongside international street food, fantastic entertainment provided by local community groups and a food theatre, hosting interesting demonstrations and talks about all things food!
2. Hertford Food and Drink Festival
7th– 9th October 2016
Events are taking place throughout Hertford for their annual food festival, offering an eclectic variety of inspiring cooking-themed activities for both adults and children. From an evening at a brewery to the festival’s exciting food festival trail, the town has something for everyone – not just professional bakers! This event will feature an interesting food swap – a great way to sample someone else’s specialities, alongside workshops and over 20 food stalls located in Hertford Castle.
3. The Chocolate Show, London
14th– 16th October 2016
For bakers, chocolatiers or just those who love this scrumptious sweet, The Chocolate Show at London’s Olympia National Hall is a must-visit foodie event. Based around one of our favourite pieces of confectionary, attendees will enter the mouth-watering world of chocolate, which includes workshops and demonstrations from top chefs and renowned chocolatiers with, of course, plenty of tasting! A chocolate fashion show will provide endless inspiration on how you can use this sweet treat to create astounding decoration, while you can wander around exhibition stands to see more chocolate-related products and treats.
4. The Cake and Bake Show, Manchester
10th – 13th November 2016
Enticing lovers of the Great British Bake Off, at The Cake and Bake Show, taking place at Event City in Manchester, you can expect some of the show’s most popular stars, including last year’s winner Nadiya Hussain, alongside John Whaite and Paul Jagger, plus many more. They’ll be switching the Bake Off tent for the event’s Cake and Bake theatre, whipping up their own recipes to an audience of avid cake creators. At this exciting event you will also have the opportunity to partake in a baking and decorating class, wander around the stalls of heavenly food and enter a cake and bake competition!
5. BBC Good Food Show, Birmingham
24th – 27th November 2016
In November, the hugely popular BBC Good Food Show will be hitting Birmingham for four days of super chef celebs, from Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood to the Hairy Bikers. A book signing will give you the opportunity to meet your favourite cooking stars, while the event’s Supertheatre offers a hub of seasonal food inspiration with fascinating live demonstrations. Demos from Paul Hollywood, James Martin and Nadiya Hussein are taking place on the BBC Good Food Stage, and they’ll even be a magical Christmas-themed demonstration at the Renshaw Academy, where you can improve your festive cake decoration skills! With a fantastic mix of stalls, samples and workshops, this event really is not to be missed for professional bakers!
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