A fabulous time was had by a new generation of mini Bake Off stars as they decorated cupcakes for a competition held during Nelson Food and Drink Festival.
First prize was presented this week to the winner of the “Cakelicious” children’s cake decorating competition and a fantastic sweetie hamper went to nine-year-old Francesca Haynes, from Nelson, a pupil at Park Primary School in Colne.
Accompanied by mum Julie Haynes, Francesca was thrilled with her prize and might just be persuaded to share it with niece Isabella and friends Jack and Alex.
Children who took part were given a plain cupcake to decorate in whatever style they liked before having their photo taken with the finished cake.
Parents could then upload the photos to Twitter and the one with the most retweets won the first prize.
The Cakelicious competition was sponsored by renowned Nelson-based family bakers Oddie’s, which has branches across East Lancashire.
It supplied all the plain cupcakes and decorating materials, as well as providing the first prize, while students from Nelson and Colne College were on hand to help the children decorate their cakes.
Speaking at the presentation, Lara Oddie, Oddie’s Director, said: “The Cakelicious stand was busy all day and it was great to see so many children having fun creating their own delicious decorated cakes.
“At Oddie’s we specialise in beautifully hand decorated cakes for all occasions, so it’s encouraging to know there’s no shortage of upcoming talent in the local area!”
The cake decorating competition was just one of the many attractions at Nelson Food and Drink Festival, which saw around 9,000-plus locals and visitors fill the town centre throughout the day.
As well as a busy worldwide food market there were live cookery demonstrations with celebrity chef Richard Fox, a bhangra dance display, free face painting, henna art and much more.
For a flavour of the festival, including a photo gallery and videos showcasing Nelson’s array of shops and businesses, visit its website at www.nelsonfoodfestival.co.uk