Sunday, 1 March 2015

Call to arms for Solihull’s bakers at Fairtrade Cake Off

On Saturday 7 March, prepare for a baking bonanza as entrants from all over Solihull take over the Arts Complex studio.
 
The Fairtrade Cake Off – organised as a result of Solihull Council’s commitment to Fairtrade – is the perfect opportunity for budding bakers and competitive cupcake-creators to show off their skills.
 
The Cake Off is open to all ages and bakers should make sure to arrive on the day between 9am and 11am. Children up to the age of 11 can enter the contest with two decorated cupcakes, whilst 12-16 year-olds also have the option to branch out and create a celebration cake! Adults (aged 17+) can opt for a decorated celebration or novelty cake, or enter their own ‘family favourite’. But there’s one important rule – all entrants must use at least two Fairtrade ingredients!
 
The competition is open to everyone – as an individual or as a group, so if you wish to get together with family or friends and enter a combined effort, please do so. There can be no creative help from adults in the children’s category, though! 
 
Councillor Ian Courts, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Land, said: “Solihull is proud to be a Fairtrade borough and we want to do all we can to encourage residents and local businesses to buy Fairtrade and support marginalised farmers and workers the world over.”
 
Fancy getting involved? Take a look at the Solihull Arts Complex website (www.solihullartscomplex.co.uk) and search ‘Cake Off’, or instead, drop by the Box Office and pick up a leaflet.
 
Solihull was awarded Fairtrade Borough status in 2010. ‘Fair trade’ is the concept behind a global change movement working to get a better deal for farmers and workers. This means better prices, appropriate working conditions and fair terms of trade for the people cultivating the important produce we all use every day. It is represented in the UK by the Fairtrade Foundation.
 
To find out more about Fairtrade in Solihull, visit www.solihull.gov.uk/fairtrade . You can also follow the campaign on Twitter: @SolihullFTrade. 

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