Good morning, you gorgeous lot!
Before I kick start my round up of all the fun we had at Foodies Festival in Bristol over the weekend 11th-13th May, I wanted to let you know about the show we have coming up over this Bank Holiday weekend. We are going to be in West London at Syon Park from Saturday 26th to Monday 28th May. Click on the picture below to see the stellar line up of amazing celebrity chefs and Foodies family favourites, and buy your tickets now. Use the code below for a 30% discount too!
Bristol had a touch act to follow after the weekend we had in Brighton. Thankfully, the amazing line up of chefs in the Cake & Desserts Theatre, coupled with the friendly and sometimes familiar crowds (so many of you came to see us last year and came back again) made Bristol equally amazing.
Here are a few pictures from the weekend. Click on any of the chefs to visit their websites and learn more about them.
We kicked off our weekend with the wonderfully colourful Leanne Purton of Pearly King Cakes
Leanne whipped up this vegan chocolate cake with raspberry frosting, flavoured and coloured with natural raspberry powder. It’s decorated with edible flowers, blackberries, and cacao nibs.
Victoria Copley is so new to the live demonstrating circuit that she does not yet have a website. However, remember this face and remember her name!
Victoria used her years of experience as a Home Economist to all of your favourite celebrity chefs to show off these delightfully light lemon cupcakes with Pimms jam and candied peel. You can catch Victoria at Syon Park this weekend!
Louise Vargas from 280 Bakes made the most crowdpleasing Chocolate & Guinness cake. It was delicious!
My darling John Holland from Baker on Board brought his wonderful bakes and equally fabulous waistcoat collection to the theatre. We made a quick decision that we would both wear red the next time we met!
I whipped up a batch of my Sticky Toffee Puddings, made with California Raisins and rum in the place of the traditional dates. These were served warm from the oven and did not last long. Click the picture for the recipe. Thanks to The Bristol Mag for this photo!
On day two, I was joined by these two cheeky chaps. Steven Carter-Bailey, who you will remember as a finalist in the most recent series of GBBO, and Kenny Tutt, winner of Masterchef 2018.
I cannot repeat what Kenny had just said… that’s my filthiest laugh right there.
Steven Carter-Bailey spoilt his audience with not one but two bakes. The first was this Salmon & Asparagus Quiche.
Steven’s second bake was this Biscoff & Coffee Cheesecake. It was heavenly.
Zoe Burmester of Sugar Street Studios visited our theatre and showed us how to craft an adorable Westie dog from rice krispie treats and sugarpaste. Isn’t he adorable?
To my absolute horror, Zoe then took a knife to the Westie and served him up. Look at her – she’s laughing like the evil maniac she clearly is! I was emotionally attached to that little sugar pupper.
He was delicious though! Click on this picture to see some of Zoe’s incredible cake artistry.
We kicked off day three with another visit from Leanne Purton. The red memo had clearly been received!
My fabulous red outift is the Marianne Swing Dress & Jacket Twin Set from Lindybop and it comes in several colours as well as in a pencil dress version. I adore this for chilly mornings/evenings on warmer days as your cover up is right there with you! Also a good option for summer event for we paler types who need to cover shoulders in the hottest hours. Click here to lust over dresses for a while…
Victoria Copley’s Pimms Cupcakes went down a treat once again. They were in such high demand, we had to quarter them and we STILL couldn’t feed everyone.
It was a pleasure and an education to be joined by the incredible Mike Longman of Chocolarder. I’ve been a fan of Chocolarder and the bean to bar chocolates made by Mike in Cornwall. It was amazing to hear all about the process and to taste some incredible chocolate.
Mike explained the ethical and sustainable approach that Chocolarder have to chocolate production AND told me all about the small factory that he will be opening before the end of the year. I cannot stress just how good Chocolarder chocolate is. Click this photo to drool over the website.
Mike’s daughter, Amelie, was a very keen helper in the kitchen. As you can see, I am being the responsible adult in the room… (before you write in, my Mum is taking the photo and watching the small one)
On Sundays, we wear red. John Holland of Baker on Board gets a glass of bubbles for being bang on brief.
Presumably I am saying that John Holland is number one in this photo!
No resting on my fabulous golden laurels (from Shazam Pin Up Hair Flowers, click for more info) as I closed our weekend with more Sticky Toffee Puddings in the End of the Show show.
Flanked by John and Victoria, we thanked the crowd and anarchy ensued as everything we had baked was served up and devoured. It’s the only way to end a Foodies Festival!
And so wrapped another successful Foodies Festival. Come and see us in London this weekend!
Or visit my Events page to see where we will be going next – clue, Birmingham, Tatton Park, Edinburgh, and Oxford!