Exquisite Cakes by Lennert has lived up to its name at this year’s Sydney Royal Fine Food Show at Sydney Showground. The Cessnock bakery’s salted caramel slice knocked judges for six.
Not only did the delicious-looking slice win a gold medal in the Professional Bakery – Brownies & Slices category, it was also named Champion Cake. Rienna de Visser and her team at Exquisite Cakes by Lennert also won silver for their sticky date pudding, opera slice, profiteroles and their chicken, leek and brie sausage roll. They took home bronze medals for their strawberry and vanilla gateaux, traditional meat sausage roll and their pumpkin and fetta sausage roll.
Rienna told Food & Wine she and her team entered the competition “to challenge ourselves and compare our products against others in the profession and have industry experts judge them on an even playing field”.
“Everything we sell in-store is produced in-house by our team of pastry chefs and apprentice pastry chefs, who are all training at Hamilton TAFE. Winning the champion medal is great for our business and our town as it helps put us on the map and reinforces the Hunter Valley as a food and wine destination.”
You can find Exquisite Cakes by Lennert at 130 Vincent Street, Cessnock, or online at exquisite-cakes.com.
The Hunter also held its own when it came to puddings. Sandgate’s Pudding Lane won gold and three bronze placings, while Hunter Heritage Gourmet Foods at Cardiff took home two silvers.
Stunning Newcastle venue 48 Watt has hosted weddings, functions and musicians, and now it has set its sights on a street food feast to remember. March 17 is the date and FEASTival is its name. Sponsored by Six String Brewery, the event will feature a seven-course degustation from food stalls on site, music by the talented Sarah McLeod and a comedy stage. There will also be three bars to choose from. Food vendors already confirmed include Bao Bros, Ray Ray’s Road House, Apothecary Kitchen, Sukimama, The Cheese Mongrel and Choux Patisserie. Tickets are on sale now through Sticky Tickets.
Made with love
Fern Bay’s Sofia Stokes, who released her first cookbook In Sofia’s Kitchen: Mediterranean Flavours Down Under late last year, will be making two special appearances at this weekend’s Newcastle Regional Show lifestyle exhibition. On Saturday and Sunday, at 10.30am and 12.30pm, the home cook will be hosting two, two-hour cooking demonstrations, and if you’re lucky you’ll be able to sample some of her creations.
This year’s Trevor Drayton Scholarship winners were announced at Carrington Place on February 26. Chloe Jordan, of The Victoria Hotel in Hinton, and Hyein Park, of Noah’s on the Beach, won culinary scholarships, Crowne Plaza’s James Doyle won the hospitality scholarship and Kim Williams and Brent Hutton were successful in the winemaking division.
Mr Drayton was tragically killed in an accident at Pokolbin in 2008 and a group of his friends, including Scott Webster, Richard Jones and Paul Tynan, established a scholarship by holding an annual fund-raising luncheon. In 2016 the group formed a partnership with the Hunter TAFE Foundation to offer scholarships to students studying commercial cookery, hospitality and viticulture.
Tighes Hill village folk are offering coffee in the Kings Road park this Sunday, March 5, 11am to 1pm. The Commons will be pouring organic fair trade coffee and organisers say it will be an opportunity to “meet some good people”.
Run for Miles
The Standley family, of Valentine, are a rare breed. Their lives were turned upside-down when youngest daughter Thalia tragically lost an arm in a dog attack in 2015 but right now, all they can think about is helping a close friend down on his luck.
Former Newcastle Knight, Hunter Mariner and Lakes United footy player, Belmont’s Troy Miles, was seriously injured in a quadbike accident last year that left him a partial tetraplegic. The father of three is, Sally Standley says, unable to continue running his two businesses and will need constant care and assistance for the rest of his life.
Here’s where you can help.
Belmont 16ft Sailing Club is hosting the Running For Miles fund-raiser on Saturday, March 18. The aim is to raise money for an electric wheelchair and a vehicle, ongoing costs of care and for adjustments to be made to the family home to enable Troy to be able to live there comfortably.
Fox Sports’ Tony Squires is MC, with Alex McKinnon and Teighan Power already confirmed as guest speakers. There will be raffles, live entertainment and a three-course meal and beverage package to enjoy.
“Eighteen months ago our daughter was involved in a horrific dog attack which left her as a right arm amputee. We were so touched by the public, who helped our daughter in her recovery. It was more than money could buy,” Sally explained.
“Now I have a very dear friend who is in need of the community’s help and support. If you can help in any way towards auction items, raffle items or just spreading the word for me I would greatly appreciate it. These are hard-working, wonderful and loving people who deserve all the help that they can get.”
Contact email@example.com if you have raffle items to donate, are a business owner keen to be an event sponsor, or have any questions relating to Running For Miles.