READY, Steady, Bake will be the cry from Alcester as the town holds its Great Cake Off.
The contest is being held as part of this year’s Alcester and Forest of Arden Autumn Food Festival which takes place on Saturday, October 18.
Bakers will be hoping to avoid a soggy bottom as they produce their variation on a traditional winter fruit cake.
There are just 15 places available, 12 of which have already been filled with the youngest entrant 11 and the oldest 89. Hannah Bayes, from the Dog and Partridge in Bleachfield Street, will be hoping to make it a hat trick of titles after being crowned the baker of the best apple pie and traditional pudding at previous events. Coffee@26 in the High Street will be hosting the competition again which is sponsored by the Redditch & Alcester Standard.
It is the second year Alcester has held an Autumn food festival to add to the original event in May, which this year was attended by an estimated 20,000 people.
There will be more than 100 stalls packed into the High Street and surrounding roads selling everything from gourmet coffee and heavenly fudge to artisan breads and venison. Healthy cooking lessons will also be available in the Town Hall while the free park and ride will once again be running from the industrial estate.
Budding bakers can enter the Great Cake Off by visiting Coffee@26 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. for an entry form. Entries will be closed once 15 cakes have been submitted for judging.
Visit www.alcesterfoodfestival.org.uk for more information.