Food Festival: Cake and Bake London 2016
So a few weeks ago my dad and his wife Michelle told me that they bought tickets to go to the Cake and Bake show in London at the Excel. I was thrilled as I attended the show in Harrogate. It was a lot of fun, as we got to see demonstrations, sample new food and I met Charlotte White.
Yesterday, we got up early, got the train to Waterloo and headed over to the EXCEL. I’ve never been to the EXCEL or heard about the Emirates Air Line, which I totally would love to do one day. Walking into the show we were greeted by a huge Chair surrounded by cakes been made by exhibitors including a giant Paddington Bear. We started to wander around the show, signing up for things like It’saBakingThing and Dr Ortekar. We sampled foods like fudge, cake pops, macrons (a personal favourite of mine & Michelle, after she introduced me to them in Paris!), brownies, sausage rolls, chocolate etc. One quite surprising oil which had a very strong nice flavour of Vanilla. The show had the usual people there including The Brownie Bar, Snowdonia Cheese, Meringue Girls, Heck Sausages, all which taste amazing! Like Harrogate’s they had the charity, including Make a Wish (with their own Bake-a-Wish!), Cats charity etc. The favourite stall of mine this time was BB Bakery London Bus, where you can eat Afternoon Tea on board. (Yes a real London Bus in the middle of the show.) Me and Michelle both posed for pictures with the sample they had. We didn’t eat anything as it’s expensive, hope to one day!
Michelle enjoyed seeing the stalls which sold cupcake holders, cake cases, decorations, rolling pins with patterns on (I would buy having the money and space!) and baking items like from Great British Bake Off Range. The many different aprons too and signed up for Costco too!
We watched John Waite make Bagels, Luis Troyano make Spanish Empanadas from the Great British Bake Off demonstration area. The areas were so cramped, you couldn’t get around to see them properly with the crowds.
Whilst I was walking around I don’t know if it’s because I knew what I was going in to. I didn’t think the London one was as good as the Harrogate’s show. They had less stalls, including Alcohol and a Curry stall, the two things me and mum bought at Harrogates. No variation in stalls, similar stalls and by the same area. The Shawbury Vintners stall was appalling with not talking to the customers. We walked past a few times, they were sat around talking to each other. I’ll be surprised if they sold anything. My biggest bug was the Baking competition area, you couldn’t see the bakes let alone get around them. The que didn’t move, people were shoving in, being rude. Definitely needs to be re-thought about. The venue seemed a lot smaller, lot less thought about the planning of stalls and companies.
Overall, the event was good, slightly disappointing for me compared to Harrogate’s, but wouldn’t put me off going again, if needing cake items!