Local business Mooroopna Bakery took out the title of the Nation’s Best Hot Cross Bun at the annual Baking Show in Shepparton held on Saturday, 21 February.
GOTAFE Baking Department hosted the event the Baking Association of Australia (BAA) event and GOTAFE Trainer Kim Banfield said he was thrilled that Mooroopna Bakery took out the title.
“I am excited to have the trophy back in the Goulburn Valley,” said Kim.
“Mooroopna Bakery won the national title two years ago in 2013 and Tatura Bakery won the title in 2012 and 2011, last year it went to Stawell’s Waaks Bakery so we have had great regional success with our locally produced hot cross buns” said Kim.
“It also sweetens the win because GOTAFE has had a lot to do with Mooroopna Bakery over the years and has trained a number of their apprentices.
“Aside from the title of Nation’s Best Hot Cross Bun there were 36 competition categories including pies and pastries, cakes and variety of breads including artisan breads and awards that recognised outstanding exhibitors.
“We had a record number of entries and attendees with 97 exhibitors/bakeries entering 543 pieces of product along with 122 people attending demonstrations and the awards dinner on the Saturday.
“This year the event was open to the public, it was great for the community to be involved, see the local talent in action, even take home some tips for themselves and have the opportunity to view our facilities, unless you are a student you might not even realise what baking and hospitality facilities we have at GOTAFE.”
During the event, GOTAFE staff were on hand to assist with demonstrations and displays as well as providing use of the GOTAFE baking facilities. The weekend comprised of presentations from specialist bakers, demonstrating their skills with artisan breads and also workshops focussed on assisting bakers with the running of their business.
The event provides an ideal opportunity for bakers and employers to attend, compete and test their skills at one location over one weekend and during the two days they also get to learn from other bakers as well as participate in live demonstrations presented by industry representatives.
For a comprehensive list of winners and for more information visithttp://www.baa.asn.au/VIC/index.html