The Great Fairtrade Bake Off

PICT1599The Sheffield Winter Gardens recently hosted a baking competition with a difference – The Great Fairtrade Bake Off.  On Monday March 3rd, during Fairtrade Fortnight, keen bakers of all ages brought along cakes, brownies, biscuits and buns which they had cooked from favourite recipes using as many Fairtrade ingredients as possible.

PICT3572Throughout out the morning anyone passing through the Winter Gardens could sample the entries and offer their opinions, before the verdict came in from judges Angela Powell of CAFOD and District Chair Vernon Marsh.

The event, organised by the Sheffield Methodist District, celebrated the annual Fairtrade Fortnight promoting the use of Fairtrade goods and ingredients.  There were prizes in two categories, for bakers under 13 years old and for those aged 13 plus.  These were awarded for the tastiest entry and the one with the most Fairtrade ingredients.

Over half the entries were in the junior category, as a number of pupils from  St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School had been hard at work baking for the event, and three of them were very worthy winners.


Head judge Vernon Marsh, said, “I am not sure if tasting all the entries was good for my waistline, but I enjoyed it enormously.  Many churches across Sheffield are committed to Fairtrade, because buying and using Fairtrade goods helps support small farmers across the world to get a fair deal and live better lives”.

“The Fairtrade movement is constantly expanding, and a fun event like this helps people to see what can be done with the wide range of Fairtrade goods which is available in the shops today.”