Whipping up treats for a bake bonanza

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Star bakers are digging out their whisks and whipping up treates for the Bakewell Baking Festival this weekend.

The fourth festival will focus on bakes and cakes from across the globe, mixing up, fun, food vintage and baking-mad celebrities.

Star bakers for 2017 include cookery legend Sophie Grigson, Bake Off winners John Whaite and Edd Kimber, gluten-free GBBO contender Howard Middleton of Sheffield , cake decorating artist Molly Robbins, and Masterchef finalist Stacie Stewart, who will be on stage throughout the weekend of

August 12-13.

The weekend event celebrates Bakewell as the ‘spiritual home of baking’, or at least Bakewell tarts, and also features activities from independent producers.

Festival director Paul Morgans said:”I believe this could be the best line up we have ever had at the Bakewell Baking Festivall and I am really looking forward to seeing our stars on stage in our new

bigger marquee.

“As a family friendly event, we want people of all ages to have a great time so have added lots of fun activities for 2017, including children’s baking masterclasses and the World Alternative Games with worm charming and space hopper racing.”

There will also be a red bus bar, vintage DJ and brass band, games, comedy show, birds of prey, bouncy castles and donkey rides - plus the famous Mr Darcy Custard Pie fight.

Camping is available at the Bakewell Showground between August 12 and 13.

n In Doncaster, family run bakery, The Topping Pie Company, has achieved prestigious recognition for six of its handcrafted pies in the Great Taste food awards.

Organised by the Guild of Fine Food, the awards celebrate the best in food and drink.

The pies that won the prizes were apricot and cranberry, chilli pork pie, chicken and ham, traditional pork pie as well as Toppings’ Yorkshire Farmers and chicken and pancetta.

Roger Topping, managing director, said: “With more than 40 awards in our trophy cabinet, to win Great Taste is always a fantastic achievement for the team and continued testament to our products.”

n In Sheffield, the city’s newest restaurant has opened its doors.

Juke and Loe, on Ecclesall Road, is run by chef brothers Luke and Joe Grayson. The venue, in a former Indian restaurant, serves innovative brunch dishes and seasonal British bistro cooking.