This weekend sees the first Cake and Bake Show at London’s Earls Court. Mr CC and I went today (on the Saturday). Mr CC came along, in good spirits, in his three-pronged role of favoured companion, bag carrier and photographer. Needless to say, all the photos in this post are his...I was too busy cooing at cupcake cases.
The reason I wanted to visit the show was to see the retailers’ stalls and buy stuff. I don’t live near any shops where I can buy baking wares so most of my purchases come from the internet; the possibility of being able to touch things and peruse large displays was most alluring. As you can see, I wasn't the only one who thought so:
2. Take your own packed lunch, snacks and beverages. There were nowhere near enough catering staff on hand. Mr CC needed a break from my feverish shopping and joined the queue for coffees while I continued around the show. When I rejoined him ALMOST ONE HOUR LATER he had only just been served. Two sandwiches, a coffee and a diet pepsi cost nearly £15. This is a photo of barely a quarter of the queue for refreshments (photo taken at about 11.30am):
3. If you are a lady, drink nothing before the event- dehydrate yourself like a Formula 1 driver preparing for a Grand Prix. God forbid you need the loo when you are there. If you think you might need the loo, start queuing a good 10 minutes before the need arises and you should be alright. Alternatively, pack a false beard in your handbag and walk into the gents where no doubt you will be the only one in there! (I tried to get Mr CC to photograph the queue for the ladies loo but he feared he might be reported to officials for pervy practices and refused)
4. If you have a padded coat or jacket wear it. It will help protect you against the sharp elbows that most people have no problem in deploying to try and push you out the way should you be standing anywhere near something they wish to look at.
5. Take all the above as advice from someone who is known for being grouchy and don’t let it spoil your enjoyment of what is actually a fab show. I loved the stalls and the wares available – and I will book to visit again should the show return next year.