Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Taste of the Country; Landmark in Art of Baking

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Taste of the Country; Landmark in Art of Baking

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Byline: Sarah Scott

LANDMARKS from around Britain were good enough to eat after cooks re-created them in cake form on Tyneside. Bakers from across the region brought their creations together for CakeBook Britain, part of NewcastleGateshead Initiative's Eat! Festival.

As they were assembled throughout yesterday at Gateshead International Stadium, crowds watched in awe as cake forms of the Baltic, The Sage Gateshead, Toffee Factory, South Shields beach and the Spanish City took their place on the map of the country.

But it wasn't just North East landmarks which made the cut, with famous sights from all over England and Scotland also being created by talented bakers from the region.

Glastonbury Festival, Buckingham Palace, Cardiff Castle and the Olympic Stadium were among more than 60 British spots baked and iced to perfection.

The event, which was due to take place at Saltwell Park, Gateshead, was moved indoors at the last moment due to poor weather but still attracted more than 2,000 cake lovers.

Simon Preston, director of Eat! Festival, said he was delighted the event had gone ahead at the new venue after all the hard work of the bakers.

"There was never a question of canceling it. Everyone pulled together to make the event happen," he said.

"It has given the whole thing a really great family feel. It has been wonderful and all the bakers are really happy and everyone watching is happy. It is a very joyful event.

"It is lovely for two reasons because the bakers are a particular breed, full of the joys of life. They do not ask questions, they just say yes and that's wonderful.

"I have worked with them for months, they are a great group of people.

"Then they have created a spectacular thing which thousands of people want to come and see. The children cannot believe what they are seeing. …

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