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Christchurch Food Festival - Bake Weekend

Are there annual events in your local area that you look forward to year after year? A particular market, festival or fair that gets marked in the calendar well in advance? For me it's the Christchurch Food Festival.  For two weekends and the week in between, Christchurch gets taken over by markets, stalls, cookery demonstrations and events at local eateries all in celebration of local food.  I was somewhat disappointed when I discovered we'd booked our holiday to be away for the opening weekend, and more disappointed when I discovered that the street market wouldn't be on for the second weekend - sampling all of the yummy foods cooked fresh on the street is the highlight of the event.  Instead, the second weekend was dedicated to baking, and cakes.  As I am quite the cake fan this somewhat took the dent out my disappointment but sadly when we got up on Sunday and got ready to go, it started absolutely pouring down.  We braved the rain to see what was on offer.  A slightly gloomy looking helter skelter stood tall above the fair...

We warmed up with hog roast baps and drinks from the Hop On Inn - a double decker bus converted into a bar.  I decided that there could be nothing more British than drinking a Pimms in the pouring rain!
Of course the main event was the cakes.  As part of the Bake Weekend there'd been a competition with different categories and age brackets.  These cookie monster cupcakes were highly commended in the under-16 category and I thought they were brilliant.

This was the overall winner.  Isn't it amazing? Just... wow!

Tom wanted to eat all of the cakes in the competition so we went next door and treated ourselves to some that were actually for sale.  We headed straight to the Fox's Cupcake Co stall; they're a regular at the food festival and their cakes are always amazing.  I went for Oreo and Tom went for Mint Choc Chip.  Don't they look divine?

We didn't stay much longer as it really did start pouring down.  We visited a friend for a cup of tea and then we might have gone to Waitrose for more snacks and treats - I always think once you've crammed a few naughty things in you may as well continue in the same vein! :) By the way, Hannah at Baileycakes took some amazing photos of the first weekend whilst I was away, so if you want to see those go here.

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22 comments

  1. (If this posts twice i'm sorry!) I go to the Christchurch food and wine festival every year too! I didn't realise it went on for two weekends though! Obviously i've been living under a rock my whole life haha! We always buy Thunder Vodka when we go :) Looks like you had a lovely time and the cupcakes look lush! I wish we visited the bake weekend!
    Hannah xx

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  2. Awww that looks lovely! The village near my home town has a 1940s weekend every year that I used to look forward to, but I missed it this time around. It's always pretty cool as the whole street is filed with bunting and everyone dresses up and gets involved :)

    That hog roast bap looks SO good. I should really go to more food festivals. The double decker bus/bar sounds amazing. Where can I buy one?!
    x

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  3. All these pictures are making me hungry! Those oreo cupcakes look amazing! I wish they had something like this near where I live! Seems like you had a lovely day despite the weather! xxx


    holljc.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. Mmmm food festival. That Pimms looks very tempting. I love browsing cake contests!

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  5. Wow! That all looks amazing! I'm the same with Leeds Loves Food Festival, which starts in just a few days, I can't wait! xx

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  6. What a great weekend :) well done you for being thoroughly British, braving the rain, and still having your Pimm's and hog roast bap! Total food envy right now
    x x x

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  7. Good for you braving the rain! Really want some cupcakes after looking at all of those, they look so stunning - almost too good to eat :) xoxo

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  8. Sounds so British! Looks yummy too :D shame about the rain but looks like the food made up for it! x

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  9. Ooh, I love a good food festival - shame you missed all of the delicious food but it looks to me as though you didn't do too badly anyway! The hog roast baps look yummy, and those cakes all look amazing, love the Cookie Monster ones.
    Mel xx

    melswallofmirrors.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. Lovely photos Rosie, looks lovely :) xx

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  11. I had no idea it went on for 2 weekends either! I saw Hannah's post and thought I'd missed it all because it was my niece's birthday! We had nothing to do this weekend either so this would have been perfect! Oh well, at least I know for next year now!
    Glad you had a nice time - that hog roast bap looks ridiculous
    x

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  12. Pimms and cake, what a combination!

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  13. Oohhhhhh all these pictures are making me so hungry! The oreo cupcakes especially look amazing. I need to pop to the shop now for milk, so might just have to grab a pack of oreos to sort out this craving you've given me! Looks like you had a delightful day :)

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  14. such pretty and amazing cupcakes!! ♥

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  15. Everything looks amazing! I'd love to go to a good festival :) x

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    1. Ooops meant to say *food festival!! x

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  16. A whole weekend dedicated to cake and baking?! Amazing! Such a shame the weather was so pants but you're right, it's very typically British to drink Pimms in the rain! xx

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  17. I absolutely love those kind of events, especially since the food is always delicious and the overall environment is always nice =)

    lovely photos!

    Teffy || Teffys Perks Blog

    Xx

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  18. Wow, this looks amazing! Love the winning cake! :)

    Lyndsay x
    www.fizzypeaches.com

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  19. I love the food festivals they have here in Dorset. I've been to quite a few - we don't have events like that in Germany. I really really enjoyed them!

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  20. This has to be the best festival ever! I'd consume my body weight in cake for sure. Great photos!

    Georgia x
    http://cheapfrillsjewellery.blogspot.co.uk
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