The South Australian Baking Show 2023

On Saturday August 5, the South Australian Baking Show was hosted in Mitchell Park in Adelaide. The event was put on by the Baking Association of Australia (BAA) South Australia in conjunction with the state baking show.

“The committee really got to work this year with a full revamp of classes and the dates so that bakeries could enjoy a Saturday evening together. This hasn’t been done for a long-time in South Australia,” said Tony Smith, the executive officer of the BAA.

This year, the event has the added bonus of hosting the first-ever Australia’s Best Sausage Roll Competition, which was very popular with entrants and attendees.

“81 bakeries participated from as far as Moree and Tasmania. Overall, the judges tasted 378 pieces of product on the day,” said Tony.

“110 people booked tickets to attend the cocktail-style presentation, with giveaways [and games] during the night… Everyone celebrated into the night.”

The inaugural accolade for this competition went to Banana Boogie Bakery in Belair, SA.

The new category of Australia’s Best Kitchener Bun was also added to this year’s line-up, with the title being taken out by Justin Dellow from Pik a Pie Bakery in Meadows, SA.

“The Champion Cake and Pastry was named last year in Honour of Margaret Davey after her passing of a long illness. Margaret and her family gave so much to the industry and her husband Nick continues to do this at their bakery The Orange Spot in Glenelg.

“The official winner of the Champion Cake and Pastry of the Show was Andrew Sutton from CJ’s in Christies Beach SA,” said Tony.

The Champion Loaf of the Show was also named in honour of a highly respected South Australian baker, whose sudden passing this year shocked the industry.

“Jan Huis in’t Veld was highly regard for his technical ability in the baking industry many times,” said Tony.

“Jan was called upon for costings and also fault in bread production that no one else could figure out. Jan’s wife Harriette and family along with friends were invited to present the very first trophy of its kind.”

This trophy was ultimately won by The Village Baker in SA.

A full list of the results can be found here.


Image: Banana Boogie (winners of Australia’s Best Sausage Roll)

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