Apologies for the horrific quality and lack of photos from the show, but it was so crowded I didn’t take many.
I really can’t comment on the rest of the show because it was so ridiculously crowded and poorly laid out that I couldn’t muster up the energy to push my way through the crowds. In the end I spent the majority of my time waiting for and watching a couple of the smaller demonstrations, which also allowed me to sit down. I did explore the retail stalls nearer to the end of the show once the crowds had thinned out. The retails stalls were a lot of the same ones I’d seen at Cake International earlier in the year, but with a much smaller selection of products and mainly geared to cupcakes, and a bit of sugarcraft. Aside from a few specialty flour sellers, I saw very little in the way of baking anything other than cupcakes. I will say that I was very impressed with the colour range of the Squires Kitchen cupcake cases though.
Negatives aside, I accomplished what I wanted to get out of the show. I managed to purchase Edd Kimber’s new book, and have him sign it. I even got to see Marry Berry up close before she was whisked away by her team of security (15 minutes prior to the scheduled end of her book signing I might add). I got to sit in on two excellent flower demonstrations by Peggy Porschen and her team – both free, and in a more private setting with better lighting than the rest of the paid classrooms. And I really did enjoy the hand painted cakes class instructed by Natasha Collins of Nevie-Pie Cakes. I came away with a clear understanding of what materials and techniques are involved in order to create gorgeous hand painted cakes and cookies, but I only wish we would have had a chance to put some of those techniques to use on a fondant covered cookie.