Another fun Apley event with great prizes – with free entry
The Second Apley Bake Off is an unmissable event for any keen bakers living in or around Shropshire, UK: Competition classes with great prizes, drop-in masterclasses & children’s activities too. It’s a great way to spend the May bank holiday weekend. It’s open to everyone & fine to just turn up on the day.
Come & get flour under your fingernails at the Second Apley Bake Off this Sunday 28 May 10-4pm.
Free entry, indoors & incredibly good value as a family day out.
For £10, you can enjoy a child’s activity (£1), a cake competition class entry (£2) & 7 masterclasses (£1 each).
Enter the competition classes & win great prizes, but also get a really fulfilling cooking experience with our 7 mini masterclass chef hosts. No need to book, just turn up on the day.
Get very personalized cookery tuition from some fabulous Shropshire chefs.
Learn hands-on how to make organic bread, Indian flat breads, Caribbean banana fritters, English cookies, Shropshire risotto, decorate a butterfly cakes & create party canapes.
For full details, click HERE or call 07739 320 314 or 01952 581 002
To enter classes, click HERE. There are 10 classes listed below. It’s equally fine to just turn up on the day with your entries. All ages are welcome ! Bring them by 12noon to be professionally judged 12-2pm. They can be taken away by 3pm.
Ten classes to enter, £1 each – enter online or on the day
Click HERE to download the entry form, print off & bring on the day. Or just fill one in on arrival.
|Class 3||Fruit tea loaf|
|Class 5||Other cakes|
|Class 6||Savoury muffins|
|Class 7||Sweet muffins|
|Class 9||Sponge cake|
|Class 10||Tray bakes|
Great prizes to be won
For each of the ten competition classes, there are Apley Farm Shop vouchers & mouth-watering Apley hampers to be won. For just a £2 entry fee, it’s worth having a go & being in with a chance of winning !
For just £1 per masterclass, you can take part in 7 mini masterclasses with some super Shropshire chefs. No need to book; just turn up, drop in & get your hands in the flour.
Learn how to make Caribbean fruit chow, Tropical crepes & banana fritters with Sabrina Zeif of Kitchen Thyme; Lajina Leal of Masala Magic will help you make flat breads; Make cookies, crumble & scones with Vicky Rance & Lynne Andreae of The Good Food School; We all need to improve our kneading skills with Phil Harrison of Just Bread; Adam Purnell will share his Shropshire risotto skills; Rae Parnham will get you making a chocolate roulade & sweet mini pastry cases; Perfect your Butterfly cupcakes with Sara Kearney; & if you have children with you, the Pigg’s Playbarn team will help them make rock cakes, paper cake baskets & decorate biscuits. There’s so much fun about to happen ! Come & be a part of it !
Apley Barbecue BBQ
Weather permitting, in the courtyard, pick up a delicious Apley Barbecue with succulent meats from a few metres away on the Apley Butchery counter. Enjoy an Apley beer from the bar & an icecream to finish off !
Jodie Leigh School of Dance
Watch dancers from the Jodie Leigh School of Dance at 11am & 12noon in the courtyard. If you’re inspired to get dancing, click HERE to sign up or call her on 07939 337 185.
Need inspiration for the competition classes ?
With 10 classes, there’s bound to be one you’d like to enter. If you need inspiration, here’s one we did earlier …
Apley Craft Fairs
There will be an Apley Craft Fair on Saturday 27 May, 10-4pm & for those who are too busy baking for the Apley Bake Off, there’s another on Monday 29 May, again 10-4pm. Entry is free. It’s a relaxing & inspirational way to shop, giving the chance to chat with some of Shropshire’s crafters & buy their work. Perfect place to find unique presents. The creators of the Apley chopping boards & these beautiful decorations, Jane Moller & Neill Mapes, will be at the Apley Bake Off.
A farm shop near Bridgnorth is hosting a Bake Off on Sunday 28 May. When Apley Farm Shop hosted its first Apley Bake Off last year, it proved more popular than imagined. “We had a great turn out in spite of torrential rain!” recalls Lady Hamilton, Marketing Manager.
“This year will be more focused on bread & cakes” she continued. “Instead of having chefs’ demonstrations, we’re just focusing on the cake competition & baking masterclasses run by local Shropshire chefs & baking related businesses.”
“We’ve booked some experienced cake judges & listed more baking classes than last year, which cost £2 to enter. The standards we saw last year were so high & there was such enthusiasm. ”
Though the whole Apley site is open 9:30am to 5pm, the actual Bake Off runs 10-4pm for which admission is free. The drop in masterclasses will be running all day & cost just £1 each. Chefs are given fresh, local & seasonal ingredients as required, from the Apley butcher, Apley delicatessen & Apley Walled Garden with which to work.
Lady Hamilton, Marketing Manager began “We’re sure it’ll be a hugely fun day for all the family – yet another free Apley event. As it’s all under cover, it won’t matter if there are some late April showers. If it’s a lovely day, the marquees will be open sided. I’m looking forward to smelling delicious wafts of wonderful culinary creations all over the site!
Lord Hamilton added “It’s something a bit different & is yet another way of increasing our customers’ knowledge of their food, its provenance & production. They get to meet talented local chefs & watch them at work“
John Wesley, General Manager explained “This is a unique type of cookery event – all the staff are really excited about it. We always organise something for all ages to ensure our events are family friendly – there’s something for everyone. “
“I want our customers to go away not only full of delicious food but also full of a wonderful culinary experience – to remember the day as one of the best in the year & to feel ‘culinary satisfaction’ ” concluded Lady [Harriet] Hamilton.
“All the chefs & businesses are incredibly busy, so we’re incredibly grateful for the time they’re giving to be at Apley for this event.
Being blessed with more than the UK’s fair share of great food & drinks producers, Shropshire is already widely known as the foodie county. In turn, that has attracted & developed some of the country’s top chefs.
As a small thank you to all participating chefs, Apley Walled Garden has offered our Grown to Order® service, so some of them have created recipes around what’s growing in the garden specifically for them.
Lady Hamilton continued “People learn best by doing, which is why I created the masterclasses. I don’t want to see them just standing & watching. The real fun starts when they get hands on experience ! Personally that’s the bit I enjoy the most – trying it for myself. I hope those who have a go will go home with a day full of satisfying experiences. “
The masterclass tasks have been chosen to meet the varying levels of experience. “We know some visitors will be talented cooks in their own right, whereas others will have very limited culinary skills.”
Charlotte Payton, Pigg’s Playbarn manager added “We’ve not forgotten the children – after all, that’s when a love of cooking often begins.“ Playbarn staff will offer a fun, cookery corner where children can experiment & create with their parents.
The event takes place on the Sunday of the second May bank holiday weekend, Sunday 28 May, 10-4pm, at Apley Farm Shop, on the A442 between Telford & Bridgnorth, TF11 9EF. www.apleyfarmshop.co.uk/whats-on