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Galway Bake Fest kicks off on October 17th

Ireland’s biggest Baking Festival for Food Lovers, Home Bakers and Cake Decorators will run on October 17th and 18th.


Galway’s third annual Bake Fest returns to Leisureland this October for two jam-packed days of fun that will appeal to anyone with a passion for baking. The two-day event is packed with demonstrations, classes and interactive workshops and runs on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th October, devoted to all things baking and the art of cake decorating. The theme this year is Irish baking, with an emphasis on traditional and contemporary Irish baking, ‘real bread’ and Irish food producers.
The festival is delighted to welcome Natasha Czopor, founder of Natasha’s Raw & Living Foods, Jess Murphy of Kai Café & Restaurant and winner of the Connacht Best Chef Award 2015, Anna Jane Kingston, teacher and food blogger and Ali Honour, chef, food blogger and regular on The Today Show to their first Galway Bake Fest. Galway’s baking stalwart Emer Murray of Goya’s returns again this year along with festival favourite Catherine Leyden from TV3 and Odlums. Bake Fest is honoured to have the Irish Countrywomen’s Association (ICA) for both Saturday and Sunday and look forward to their celebration of Irish brown bread.
Easy Food’s September guest editor Catherine Leyden pays tribute to Irish comfort food, showcasing Irish Guinness stew and the art of the perfect apple crumble along with other delicious favourites. Anna-Jane Kingston of Thyme To Eat plays with the concept of a ‘Better Breakfast’ and offers fresh and new ways to tempt our tastebuds into action as the day breaks. Emer Murray is looking back to childhood favourites that our mothers and grandmothers so lovingly made. Emer said “Each year I have noticed that more and more of us are asking advice on the basics, which I believe are the building blocks of great baking. To honour this rise in popularity I will be featuring good old fashioned scones and everyone’s favourite, apple tart”.


Jennie Browne of Bake Fest Galway and Catherine Leyden from TV3
Jennie Browne of Bake Fest Galway and Catherine Leyden from TV3

Organiser and founder of Bake Fest, Jennie Browne said “Bake Fest 2015 will see the festival going back to our roots with an emphasis on Irish baking, Irish producers and real bread. Home baking has gained momentum in recent years, with many turning back to baking daily bread as was once a daily staple in every household. Using local producers, scouring hedgerows with the kids for fruit and knowing where our ingredients come from are integral parts of baking. For me, our kitchen was always the engine of our home, the driving force alongside my mother and grandmother for my love of baking and food. Bake Fest 2015 will be a celebration of those traditions, recipes and people who inspired you to furnish your apron and step into the role of baker to continue those traditions and skills passed down for generations.”
This year Bake Fest has added a special ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ category to its annual competition which is open to children, home bakers and professionals, with different categories to suit all levels of ability. This category encourages bakers to create a masterpiece which represents the “Wild Atlantic Way”.
Adult day pass is €5 or 2-day weekend pass €8. Children under 12 and OAPs are free. Doors open 10am until 6pm. For more information and to download competition guidelines see
www.BakeFestGalway.com. Follow updates via @GalwayBakeFest and #Bakefest2015.

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