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Deeply dippy – festival’s cake competition

28 January 2019

Last year competitors.

Have you got what it takes to bake a showstopper worthy of being crowned the best cake? Rochdale Food & Drink Festival will be hosting a 'Natural History Adventure' themed cake competition when the event returns to the town hall on Saturday, 16 March 2019 – and everyone's invited to enter!!

With the world famous Dippy the Dinosaur visiting Rochdale, from February to June next year as part of a UK tour, festival organisers want you to come up with an idea for a tasty cake designed around the 'Dippy on tour – a natural history adventure' theme.

There will be 2 categories: adults and under 13s, with both being judged by top chef Andrew Nutter and local cake guru Natasha Brown from Brown's Cakes. The prehistoric entries will be judged on taste, presentation and creativity!!

1st prize will be a champagne experience gourmet dinner for 2 at Nutters Restaurant, with the runner up winning Afternoon Tea for 2 at Brown's Cakes.

For under 13s first prize is Afternoon Tea at Nutters Restaurant for the winner and up to 2 guests (parents/guardians), plus a signed cookery book from Andrew Nutter. Everyone who enters the competition will receive a 20% off voucher for food and drink in the seated area of Brown's Cakes. Dippy cake.

Natasha Brown is encouraging the borough's home bakers to enter:

"Excitement in Dippy the Dinosaur's visit to Rochdale in 2020 is building and its aim is to inspire people to find out more about the natural world around them, so with that in mind you could make a cake with a dinosaur theme, a plant based cake, a fish shaped cake … there are lots of possibilities. Last year we had lots of superb entries and we are hoping for even more this time around. Andrew and I are looking forward to meeting the region's baking enthusiasts and it will really give you a chance to show off your skills. It will be great fun!"

To enter, you must deliver your cake to the cake competition stand upstairs in the Great Hall at Rochdale Town Hall on Saturday, 16 March 2019. Present it on a disposable cake board, clearly labelled with your name and entry category. The winners will be announced on the Family Stage at 4.30pm during the festival.

'a chance to show off your skills'

Sue Hanson was the winner of last year's cake competition. Runner-up was Maria Suharwardy. All entries in the under 13s category were awarded first prize, with judges being unable to select a winner due to the quality of cakes on show.

Dippy the Dinosaur.

The region's foodies are in for another treat when the festival is staged on Saturday, 16 March 2019, open from 11am to 8pm. 6 chefs will be cooking live in the Festival Kitchen sponsored by Quirky Catering. Mr Bloom from 'CBeebies' will be performing his live show on the Family Stage. There'll be an outside food and drink village, an indoor seating area to watch chef demonstrations on a big screen, themed foodie workshops plus live music and activities – with lots to offer from nearby local pubs, bars and restaurants.

If you are interested in having a stall in the indoor festival market email with details of your products.