The Great Bovey Bake Off

Home bakers from Bovey Tracey and around Devon will be competing in the Great Bovey Bake Off.

As part of Bovey’s Nourish Festival of food, craft and music, local bakers are invited to enter the competition, which has grown in popularity over the last three years since it started.

Previous festivals have seen a stream of competitors bringing their cakes for the official tasting, and the organisers anticipate more this year, as home baking continues to grow in popularity. This year’s categories for adults are: Victoria sandwich, chocolate cake, fruit scones and shortbread fingers. In the Junior Bovey Bake Off, young people are invited to enter their small cakes, flapjacks, fridge cakes and chocolate cakes.

Festival organiser Sarah James said:
“We're hoping to see as many people as possible volunteering their victoria sandwiches, flaunting their flapjacks and hoping to be crowned champion of the chocolate cake. So it's time to service your mixer and polish up your piping skills. Brush up your baking skills and astound the local community with your prowess!”

Information about the competition and an application form are available on the Nourish website.

The Nourish Festival will bring some of the region’s top food producers and craft makers to Bovey Tracey, alongside a programme of nationally and internationally renowned musicians.

This year, Nourish Festival launches The Devon Street Food Awards, a lively competition to decide who is the Best Street producer in Devon. Devon is packed full of inspirational and exciting street food producers and Nourish celebrates our Food Heroes.

The Nourish Food Fair will fill Bovey's high street with some of the best producers from the South West on Sat 3 September. Stalls will be selling a huge variety of locally produced food including artisan cheeses, preserves, handmade chocolates, oils, pies and speciality mushrooms.

A selection of street food will offer Caribbean, Spanish, Moroccan, wood fired Italian pizza, French crepes, Mexican, local seafood and the good old British Banger.

The Nourish Contemporary Craft Fair will be hosted in the Methodist Church Hall, showcasing beautiful handmade craft from across the South West with craft demonstrations and other events taking place at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen. Exceptional makers from across the South West will present an inspirational selection of jewellery, pottery, glass, textiles and wood.

The Nourish Music programme from 1-3 September will see the internationally renowned Brodsky Quartet return with Schubert’s Death & The Maiden.

The Festival also features the Westcountry debut of the Dutch group, Calefax Reed Quintet, who invented their own genre of music by bringing together an unusual combination of instruments. They have played all the great music festivals and venues across Europe, and for Nourish they present a fairytale-inspired programme, including Tchaikovsky, Ellington & Ravel, and featuring Bach’s iconic Chaconne.

Nourish Festival is a community initiative led by The Contemporary Craft Festival, The Devon Guild of Craftsmen and the Cheese Shed.

The Food & Craft Fair on Sat 3 Sept are free. Concerts on 1, 2 & 3 September will be ticketed. Full details and ticket information can be found at 

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