The weeks leading up to the show were a whirlwind, with videotaping my Sweet Pro promo to preparing my demonstrations for the show. I was scheduled to do two demos each of three days - Introduction to Decorating and Intermediate Skills using the theme of this year's Baking and Sweets Show, The Wizard of Oz. I baked more than one hundred cookies, decorated about 40 for displays and the remainder I prepared to use at the demos. I also made a large amount of royal icing which I prepped in all the colours I needed. I packed my spatulas, paint brushes, food colouring, bowls, piping bags, couplers, whisk, scissors, lustre dusts... yes, it was like I was moving house.
|Here is my car ready to drive to the "Big Smoke"|
After the first demo, I was so relaxed it was all about having fun! On the second day my family came to watch. This might surprise you, but they don't know a lot about the process of making cookies. You see, they rarely see any part of it, mostly because they are not allowed in my Sweet Handmade Cookie kitchen. You read that right - that is my rule. It is a health board approved kitchen and I keep everyone out. Also, they are not very interested in the subject of cookies. I thought the demonstrations would be boring for them, but my family (my harshest critics) were fabulously complementary! It made me feel terrific.
I also met a lot of local people who came to the show. One of my friends won tickets to the show in fact and we had lunch together. One local baker won the theme cake competition for the third year in a row!! There was so much to see and do. So many great famous chefs and bakers were there giving demonstrations. And so much yummy food! I finished my last demonstration on Sunday, packed up my things and headed for home. It was a weekend I won't soon forget. The Redpath crew were incredibly fun, kind and generous; the crowds were receptive, happy and inquisitive. When I arrived home, my family had made me a beautiful and delicious dinner!
As a result of the positivity I received from the audiences, I am launching a new website feature, called Tuesdays Tips. Watch this space every Tuesday for a new tip on how to make beautiful cookies easier than ever! See you next Tuesday right here for a helpful and easy tip.
P.S. Don't forget to follow me on Instagram for behind the scenes pictures as well as some more pictures from the show.