Bakers are you ready?

With only two weeks to go before this year’s North Notts Food Festival in Worksop on 2nd July, a callout is going to all local amateur bakers to get their pinnies on and get creating for a chance to become this year’s ‘Great North Notts Baker’!

The free-to-enter competition’s theme this year is ‘Brilliantly British’ and is split into two age groups – under 12’s and over – with prizes for each. Entries will be judged on the day so simply bring along your entry to the special competition market stall on the old market square before 11am. The judges will include our celebrity chef, Rosemary Shrager plus representatives from Worksop Charter Trustees and the BID. Winners will be informed after 12.30pm and will be requested to attend the prize giving and photo at 3.30pm. Entries can take whatever form you prefer whether that’s a cake, pastry or pie and will be judged on appearance relating to the theme as well as taste.

The North Notts Food Festival is a celebration of all things food and drink orientated with free, mouth-watering cookery demonstrations, an artisan street food market with loads of lovely produce to take home or eat on the day; free children’s craft activities; outdoor bar and street entertainment. Try peddling your way to your own fresh fruit smoothie drink or sample something a little stronger in the outside bar or from one of our drink vendors.

Traders include; Thaymar ice-cream; Award-winning cheese and butter from British Food Box; artisan pickles jams and sauces from Gastronomy and In a sticky pickle; cookies and fudge from Outlaw Cookie club and the Fudge Hub; Huntsman’s wild game products plus street food from Devon’s Kitchen, Sona Foods, Samuel’s catering and Appleton’s catering amongst others. We’ve even got something for your favourite pooch with freshly prepared dog food from local company Butternut Box. All this along with children’s entertainment and other stalls selling doughnuts, pies, fruit liqueurs, cider and kitchen items. The normal Saturday market will also be taking place so plenty to see and do as well as stocking up on fresh fruit and vegetables.

This year’s chefs are; Rosemary Shrager, a talented and versatile chef who endeared herself to the nation when she took part in ‘I’m a celebrity’ where she proved she could cook just about anything anywhere; Young, up- and -coming chef and Great British Menu contestant Harvey Pertolla, head chef at Nottingham restaurant ‘Six’ at Trent Bridge; plus regulars butcher, Johnny Pusztai and home economist and cook, Teresa Bovey. Morrisons supermarket Worksop will be providing many of the ingredients for the demonstration dishes so everything available locally if you wish to recreate recipes at home.

Event co-ordinator for North Notts BID, Suzanne Lewthwaite, commented; “This year’s festival will be a showcase for both local produce and food from further afield offering people something a little bit different. Attendance is free and it will be a great opportunity to get into town, enjoy the activities and, of course, shop local! Bring the kids or grandkids down for some free activities and enjoy some of the wonderful food and produce on offer.”

So don’t miss out on a fabulous day of fun and food for foodies and families alike!

How to enter the competition:

Please download this form and bring it on the day completed along with your entry/s – Competitions Entry Form

THE ‘GREAT NORTH NOTTS BAKER’ Competition Form. (35 downloads)

All entries to be delivered to the Competition Stall on the Market Place between 10am and 11am on the day.

Cakes will be judged based on appearance and taste by independent judges before being put on display on a stall within the outdoor food market.

Winners to be announced on the day and contacted for a photo and presentation of prize at Lunch Time at the Competition Stall. All entries to be collected by 5pm on the day otherwise they will be disposed of.