After like 22 revisions and edits, am proud to finally present to you all my Cake Bake and Sweet Show 2015 review!! 😉 It’s been a long process but fun, so from me to you- happy readings!!
How does one actually write an event review?
Do you share a bajillion photos?
Or do you write up a journey map of your day?
Or do you go that one step further and create an awesome video?
(* Forgive me for writing in a roundabout way, that sounds slightly poetic/olden day English with the use of the word one! I’ve been rereading Lemony Snicket’s novels and his style of writing seems to be rubbing off to me 😉
So the answer? All of the above! 😉
Kudos to Cupcake Central for sending a marketing email about their Cake Bake and Sweet show stall otherwise I wouldn’t have known about this event!
A taste of the event…
11:40am: Arrived at Southern Cross Station and got a little lost on the trams to take us to Crown. Really should have read the tram signs, it’s been a while since I caught a tram to Southbank! (*Thought I still knew my way around XD)
It’s been a few years since I’ve been to the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre so it was surprising that it was a bit of a trek down the hall! Yay to having a cloak room there ( I’ve been to the Taste Festival in Albert Park a few years and it was a pain having to carry everything especially after the food purchases like the 20kg of cherries!) In fact the event was so well set out that we could go back and forth from the event exhibition and the cloak room 😉 Went there so much that I knew the cloakroom people on a first name basis (Thanks Ross and Sharon!) * After your friend buys a bunch of cookbooks and for me needing to get water, you’ll understand why 😉
Thanks to today’s smartphone world- the need for printing tickets and buying them on the spot (while saving $$) made entering a breeze =) Yes! Finally made it to the show by 12pm, and surprisingly it was pretty quiet not crazily filled with people. Winning already.
Navigating the map felt like we were on an adventure in the forest – as the map was kind of strangely set out. XD After finding where Miguel was for book signings- we headed straight there but turned out that it was only for 30 mins and we missed it! Gasp! No matter though, we still had the arvo to meet him (Christina was the huge fan 😉
With an hour to wonder around stall holders before meeting the Masterchef crew (yay to meeting Dani and Michael my 2 favourite contestants in 2011 =)
I must say that the marketing of the products were super strategically thought out. A book store near the book signings corner, Coles new products in front of the Coles Masterchef stage, Cadbury chocolate near the super big high chair 😉 you get the drift very smart. The book store was pretty awesome filled with books of every type of cooking/baking imaginable (it’s actually been ages since I’ve been to a book store since Angus and Robertson and Borders no longer exist ;( Only Dymocks is left!) And the man selling the books was particulary happy when we came back to buy the books (we wondered off around the stall making him think we weren’t buying!)
Next up was the Tea Blossoms stall 😉 I actually never heard or seen this type of tea before until just this mid year in my office! You know how there’s tea bags and tea leaves? Well say goodbye to boring tea! Tea blossoms are here to steal the show 😉 Head to their website to order a free sample! (*with a small postage fee).
It basically looks like a small flower with it’s petals all closed up. But put it in water for the next 3-5 mins, a pretty flower will blossom before your very eyes! This is best done with a clear tea pot 😉 I tried the sample of the green tea and peach and it was delish very natural and not too sugary (sorry T2) My mum is a big fan of tea (you should see her tea collection) so it was no surprise that I ended up bagging all these 3!
(* Just wish I took a pic of them blossoming- time was running short in the last hour of the event)
Liquid Nitrogen Ice cream at 196 degrees below 😉
Ever since Heston Blumenthal got Australia hooked on liquid nitrogen to make ice cream- there’s been an explosion of many companies taking a leaf out of his book. Who knew that in a few years time there would be people making ice cream like they were in a science lab complete with a lab cost and glasses? I actually haven’t heard of this gelato brand before (and the only thing I would say is that I wished they had more variety only 3 types of flavours- salted caramel (like caramel but not the salted one), red skin and macaron and blood orange sorbet also available as cookies ice cream =p I’m a huge fan of cookies but after the previous day of having a cinnamon scroll and green tea latte (my sugar tolerance levels went downhill). Pictured below is Christina’s red skin ice cream and my blood orange sorbet both delish!
1pm: Meet Dani & Michael season 3 Masterchef contestants 😉
It wasn’t very long until it was time to meet Dani and Michael from Masterchef! =) woohoo and again very smart marketing with having the product stands right outside promoting their new short bread biscuit boxes for $2 😉 Surprisingly the seats were pretty empty, so we basically could sit anywhere we liked! I was just expecting to see Michael host the food demo but turns out it was a co-host situation with Dani and Michael duo =)
Yay! It was definitely really interesting to see them both live (you actually realise how laid back they actually are in real life when they’re not under the Masterchef clock! They were both so down to earth and Michael at times were slightly comedian in his commentary. 😉 especially with his comments about the cake table wheel (if you didn’t know, he’s a novice baker and just trained up specially for this event and according to him- he was one of the few people to make it to the finale without making too many desserts through the competition!
Oh right! forgot to introduce them to you all XD If you didn’t know- both Dani and Michael were finalists in Masterchef season 3 (which of course I followed every single ep in VCE) Both were my absolute faves and the ones that I was rooting for to win 😉 Dani’s speciality was her spin on Vietnamese food and I always remembered her for her perky personality =) While Michael was great at country style cooking and his comedic moments of course! And both have come so far since Masterchef!
Dani– known as the Whole Hearted Cook with a website focused on wholesome and natural food includes home catering, interviews, recipes and a blog 😉 She even hosts the Weekend Feast TV show on channel 10 of course!
Michael- ditto to having his own website which is currently under works XD and recently started up his own food consulting company called Wel-done food (see what he did there with his surname?) Officially became head chef for the Crab Shack bar and grill in Adelaide a few weeks ago 😉
You can follow their social media pages right here 😉
They were in the best season ever! Going to New York, cooking for the Dalai Lama, the environment friendly challenge crazy crazy crazy amazing! I actually was quite lucky to meet them twice, since it was quiet and all 😉 Had photo ops at the first session and chatted to Dani (commented on her creme brûlée Mother’s Day YouTube video) and she flattered that I checked it out even though it was a few years ago!
And second time round, got to have a great insider conversation with Michael about life after Masterchef, what it was like being a contestant and of course agreeing how their season was the most awesome one 😉 Even got their autographs (hehe, so old school- everyone does selfies these days) and aw no had no pen! But lucky backstage, Michael was able to rummage one for both him and Dani to sign my Coles recipe book 😉
And here it is!
For the rest of the day…
Stopped by the giant Cadbury big comfy chair 😉 and had a phone dropping incident from a great height (but all good, phone is till working! Thank you Sony for making durable phones!
Wondered around food stalls
Plenty of cupcakes, ice cream, cookies and macarons to go around but I was on the hunt for New York food. Namely pretzels 😉 The one thing that this event needed was an app to tick off the places that we’ve been, as me and Christina felt that we didn’t see everything even though we went around in circles! The food stalls marketplace was the tricky place to navigate (I think you can tell we both have a bad sense of direction!
After going back and forth, we finally found the Pretzels!!! Yay! Big, soft genuine pretzels =p They were so good and only $5! 😉 I’ve been looking for authentic pretzels for ages so was stoked to have finally found them! I ordered the traditional salted pretzel (a little too salted for my liking, would have liked to squeeze so mustard on like the New Yorker) but still fresh and delish. And before leaving for the day, I had to come back for more 😉 ordered the cinnamon sugar one and traditional again. And now I’m craving them all over again. Sadly since I don’t drive I won’t be having it any them again soon…
But if you do, you can check out Bretzel Biz at Kingsville, and market places. Actually got chatting to the owner who was very friendly and was ecstatic that I loved the pretzels. Turns out that he actually went to Germany to do market and food research which has clearly paid off. (*Cue oh, wait pretzels originated from Germany?! All this time, I had it wrong!) We both agreed there were funny companies out masquerading their pretzels as the real thing but they weren’t as they were hard, and impossible to bite. Ooh and there was actually a German festival (Oktoberfest) after this event, which he was planning to head off to so busy day for all those stall holders!
We were planning to see Reynold (this year’s Masterchef dessert guru) and he was hugely popular. All the seats were taken! But we didn’t stay for long to make time to meet Minguel for Christina in the Super theatre. 😉
To our surprise the super theatre (which was mega was pretty empty 😉 sparse crowds. So we actually ended bagging really good seats in the theatre without paying the extra $20! We unexpectedly saw Tim Clark (as everyone knows him head chef of Cacao known for their chocolates and macarons- well I figured out I did know the chef after 5 mins). You know how you have a déjà vu that you know someone? That was the case here! Must have saw him on YouTube, Taste or Masterchef, one or the other 😉 Anywho, he made his piña colada custard buns and at the end of the session he was throwing away free goodies of macarons woot! Here they are:
Kinda ducked away for Minguel’s sesh to make last minute purchases for pretzels, tea blossoms, and photos of the Art of Cake competition by Loyal- they’re all so talented people! *Minguel’s food demo was a whole different world, loads of women fans and screams and he even had a kid come up for the food demo aw 😉
😉 This is an interactive gallery so click ahead to see closeups!
Ended the day with taste testing Caramelious caramels (sadly, couldn’t buy it- public transport would just disfigure the whole thing) ><”
Blossom treats jelly– amazing flower art work intricately developed
Check it out here 😉 we had..
Caramel popcorn from Dickins’s Delights where I got side tracked in paying and talking to the owner that I forgot to take them with me XD didn’t realise until I was collecting my stuff from the cloakroom and we were exchanging stuff. Not to worry though. The owner kindly came out cause he noticed that I left them!
Overall an amazing day out and loads of goodies! Surprsingly, we didn’t eat much… It was all about meeting people 😉
See you next year where I’ll hopefully be volunteering!