Queensland bakers were out in force inMay, putting their best bread and pastry forward at the Baking Association of Australia’s (BAA) state show.
With almost 30 classes, including caramel slice, banana bread, sausage rolls, and plated dessert, a cross-section of the state’s independent and franchise bakeries were well represented.
BAA executive officer Tony Smith said the association made a conscious decision to invite exhibitors to the show, so they see the judging process first hand.
“We really encouraged those who had entered in the awards to see exactly what goes on in the judging area – and it proved to be very positive, as the exhibitors sat and watched the judges taste and comment on look, taste, smell and texture,” he said.
“The exhibitors then have time after the presentation to actually talk to the judges, and head judge Stewart Latter said it was a great way to engage with the industry.”
Ferny Way Bakery stood out from the crowd in the bread categories, taking home places for its white loaf, white hi-top, five-strand plait, along with accolades for its decorated sponge, and a selection of meat pies.
Not one to miss out on the competition spotlight, Old Fernvale Bakery was again on the leader board, placing highly for its wholemeal loaf, grain rolls, sourdough rye, pane di casa and pull-a-part loaf. Westbrook on the Rise was also a strong contender, taking home first place in the white loaf and white strand plait.
On the sweet side of the competition, Bev Ward from Brumbys Head Office impressed judges with her mud cake, vanilla slice, caramel slice and banana bread.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CATEGORY WINNERS:
Champion loaf of the show:
Champion cake/ pastry of the show:
Emma Paff, The Cake Lady
Most successful pastry exhibitor:
Ferny Way Bakery
Most successful bread exhibitor:
Matthew Brown, Old Fernvale Bakery
Queensland baking show perpetual trophy:
Rob Reeves, Great Country Pies and Bakery.