Budding bakers needed for Cake Fest at SO Festival 2017

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Published 24th February 2017. The AMAZING outdoor arts extravaganza, SO Festival is set to return to East Lincolnshire this summer for a packed programme of incredible performances and visual arts.

SO Festival is excited to announce that on Sunday 2nd July, Skegness will host a giant edible map of East Lincolnshire - made out of cake!

Cake Fest is seeking 100 teams or individuals of budding bakers to claim and recreate their favourite building or place. The aim is simple; to create a 100 square metre fully-edible map of East Lincolnshire. The cake sculptures will be produced all over the region and will be placed together to create a true visual feast.

SO Festival has been working with County Care, a local community group, who one afternoon, talked about their favourite places of Skegness and thought of which landmarks they would like to see baked as part of Cake Fest. The places they chose were;

  • Giant Wheel at Bottons Pleasure Beach

  • Driving around Big Kidz Karting

  • Pyramid at Fantasy Island, Ingoldmells

  • Jolly Fisherman Waterfall, Compass Gardens

  • Jolly Fisherman at Skegness Train Station

  • Diamond Jubilee Clock Tower

  • Lincolnshire Poacher Lifeboat and RNLI

  • Skegness Pier

  • Fairy Dell Paddling Pool

  • Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve

  • Natureland Seal Sanctuary

  • Embassy Swimming Pool

  • Big Top Tent at Butlin's

  • The Embassy Theatre

They also said they would like to see Donkeys, Wind Turbines, Caravans and Sticks of Rock represented on the map.

Mandy Andrews, Community Project Lead of County Care said "We had a great afternoon choosing the land marks for SO Festival's cakes. We are all really excited that County Cares' service users  are taking part in this amazing event and look forward to seeing it all in action and baking our chosen landmark of Skegness.

CountyCare have chosen to bake [the landmark] which means there are many others up for grabs.

Lorna Fulton, the festival's Artistic Director mentioned "We're so excited to bring Simon Preston and his amazing creations made of cake to the festival for 2017. Not only does this project provide an opportunity for all of the visitors to SO Festival to come together to eat cake landmarks of Skegness from an edible map, anyone can get involved in the creation of the cakes."

Cake Fest: We Need You!

Don't panic! We're not looking for perfectly scaled masterpieces, everyone is welcome to take part regardless of ability and we'll advise you throughout the challenge. We are looking for adventurous spirits, up-for-it attitudes and a passion for local landmarks and landscape but we're sure you've probably got that in abundance.

DO you want to get involved? Your first step is to pick a landmark to bake. A full list of chosen landmarks by County Care will be available on www.sofestival.org/cakefest. Get in touch to tell us your first and second choice of the landmarks listed. We will then confirm your selection and tell you what happens next.

If there's a building or place you love that isn't on our Skegness list, feel free to make a suggestion and we'll consider it. And remember, we are not only baking Skegness, we want market towns and villages represented too so if you want to bake Alford Windmill, Tattershall Castle, Gunby Hall, Harrington Hall, Bolingbroke Castle, Alford Manor House, Tattershall College, Alvingham Watermill, the Beach Chalets of Mablethorpe or your village church, go for it! Taking part is rewarding, fun and free.

One more thing, in case you were wondering - yes, when the map has been completed and suitably admired by the crowds, we'll eat the lot.

SO Festival is bringing this project to you working with Head Baker, Simon Preston of Grace Food Innovation.

To get involved, contact Head Baker Simon at simon@cakefest.org.uk.

You can also contact the SO Festival Team at katie-louise.green@mvtlc.org or 01507 613449.

Image © Cake Fest Edinburgh, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Image © County Care (SO Festival Coordinator Katie-Louise Green, Nicole Cooper, Joseph Humphrey, Chelsea Cran and Support Worker Helen Redford.)