The Great Welsh Fairtrade Bake Off 2013

This year Wrexham celebrates 10 years as a Fairtrade Zone and Wales celebrates 5 years as a Fairtrade Nation. The Wrexham Fairtrade Coalition held a Great Welsh Fairtrade Bake Off to give secondary schools the opportunity to join in the celebrations!

All secondary schools were invited to hold an internal assessment/competition to identify their best baker, baking cupcakes using Fairtrade ingredients where possible, and decorating them to show the celebration of 10years of Fairtrade in Wrexham.

The Bake-Off Final was held on 27th June at Ysgol Bryn Alyn and it was amazing!
Samantha Curzon (St Christopher’s), Emily Harper (Ysgol-y-Grango) and Atlanta McCarthy (Ysgol Bryn Alyn) baked and produced cakes which showed how they had chosen their ingredients carefully and wisely!
The quality of the finished products was outstanding! There was innovative use of Fairtrade and locally-produced ingredients, and the decoration of the cakes, was awe-inspiring!

Winning cakes YBA         Grango



Our judges were:

• Yasmin Limbert who was a quarter-finalist in the Great British Bake Off in 2011
• Diane Culshaw and Mary Baxter, WI representatives – Home Economics
• And Irene Pendleton, Chair of the Coalition, who has baked all her life and spent too much time eating cake!

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The judges said afterwards ‘it was just such a pleasure to see those young cooks gain in confidence as the morning progressed, and it proved to us all how good Fairtrade ingredients are for cooking
It was a very close-run thing, and Atlanta’s incredibly light sponges, each one sporting the Welsh dragon, proved to be the winning choice.

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The Wrexham Leader reported on the event on Friday 28th June 2013.

Presentation to The Winner

The Mayor & Mayoress, Cllr I David Bithell and MrsVirginia Bithell invited us to the Mayor’s Parlour on Friday 5th July 2013 to taste the winning cakes again, and to present certificates and prizes to these wonderful Bakers!

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Family and DT: Food teachers attended too to join the celebrations!


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A good time was had by all!