Australia’s Best Bakers to Compete in Shepparton


The Baking Association of Australia’s (BAA) annual Baking Show will once again be held in Shepparton next weekend.
The Baking Show is celebrating a landmark tenth year in Shepparton and has now outgrown its previous location, the GOTAFE Fryers Street Campus Baking Facility. This year, the McIntosh Centre at the Shepparton Showgrounds will be transformed into a hub of flour and yeast for the very first time.
The event has been hosted by GOTAFE Baking Department for many years and have been witness to a number of ‘bake offs’, including Mooroopna Bakery reclaiming their title of Australia’s Best Hot Cross Bun in 2015, explained GOTAFE Baking Teacher, Kim Banfield.
“Over the years the competition has recognised many of our talented local bakers and apprentices who have successfully taken out a number of categories most notably Tatura Hot Bread and Mooroopna Bakery both winning the major prize of Australia’s Best Hot Cross Bun,” said Mr Banfield.
“Many employers and bakers look forward to the event not only to compete but also to learn from other bakers as well as participate in live demonstrations throughout the day. I would strongly encourage any apprentice, qualified baker, restaurant or employer to register in any of the 34 categories. Entries can be registered enter via the BAA website or on the day.
“We love having this event in Shepparton because it brings together bakers from all over the nation in one location and gives them the ability to compete against the best our industry has to offer.
“Our apprentices also get invaluable experience by attending our event, mingling with other bakers and attending demonstrations by industries experts and suppliers.”
Along with the search for Australia’s Best Hot Cross Bun, the remaining competition categories include pies and pastries, cakes, artisan breads and pizza.
The event kicks off on Saturday 20 February 2016, with doors open to the public at 2pm followed by the judging. The Awards Dinner will take place at the GV Hotel Shepparton on Saturday evening where Australia’s Best Hot Cross Bun winner will be announced. The event concludes on Sunday 21 February 2016.
To attend the Victorian Baking Show as a member of the public, or enter the competition, visit www.baa.asn.au and click on the Victorian site or call Tony Smith on 0410 511 414.