The baking industry has a busy year ahead with a host of events, conferences, and awards to inspire and inform.

To help keep track of them, British Baker has compiled the below list.

Note: These dates were correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.

2020 winner Alan Pirie of James Pirie & Son with Carol Smillie

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2020 winner Alan Pirie of James Pirie & Son with Carol Smillie


24 January – World Championship Scotch Pie Awards

Location: The Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld

Hosted by Scottish Bakers, pie makers far and wide will be recognised for their outstanding products and the 2022 World Scotch Pie Champion will be crowned.

31 January – The Artisan Collective

This inaugural, invite-only event is hosted by British Baker and sponsored by Bako, Brook Food & Bakery Equipment, Craggs & Co, and Dawn Foods. It is a celebration of artisan bakeries and the people that make them so special, and comprises demonstrations, discussion panels and awards.


Two Cornish pasties on baking paper

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9 February – 2023 Trends for the Baking Industry

Location: All Nations Centre, Cardiff

ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre will be joined by several industry partners to showcase 2023 trends in bakery.

18-26 February – Real Bread Week

Hosted by the Real Bread Campaign, the week celebrates additive-free loaves and the people who make them.

25 February – Scottish Real Bread Festival

Location: Bowhouse

The first-ever Scottish Real Bread festival includes an awards ceremony, real bread focused market stalls, a chance to try different grains and more.

27 February-5 March – Cornish Pasty Week

Cornish Pasty Week returns for 2023 with a new initiative which will raise funds to help alleviate food poverty. Anyone making or selling genuine Cornish pasties is invited to donate money from every Cornish pasty sold during the week to charity Devon and Cornwall Food Action.


Large chicken pie cut into four

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6-12 March – British Pie Week

Celebrating all things pie-related, the British Pie Awards are at the centre of the week with judging on the 8 March and the awards lunch on the 10 March

21 March – Bakers Roundtable

Location: AgriFood Centre, Plumpton College

This community focused evening will see bakers join together to discuss staffing and recruitment, and how to plan for the future. Speakers include Nick Harris from the Craft Bakers Association, Plumpton College’s bakery curriculum manager Anthony Gaston, and Allan Hancock, employment advisor at Brighton Job Centre Plus.


Britain's Best Loaf 2022 winners

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19 April – British Society of Baking Spring Conference

Location: Tythe Barn, Bicester

The conference will feature discussions on key topics impacting the baking industry.

24-26 April – UK Food & Drink Shows

Location: Birmingham NEC

Foodex Manufacturing Solutions, Food & Drink Expo, Farm Shop & Deli Show and National Convenience Show will be held in unison in 2023, encompassing food development, manufacturing, grocery, specialist retail, wholesale, and foodservice.

25 April – Britain’s Best Loaf

Location: Birmingham NEC

The competition features a morning of live judging in which each loaf is carefully considered by a panel of industry experts. In the afternoon, winners will be announced in seven categories – Gluten Free, Flavoured Sourdough, Innovation, International, Plain Sourdough, White and Wholegrain – before the champions battle it out for the ultimate title of Britain’s Best Loaf 2023.


Colourful doughnuts on a wooden background

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5-6 May – Scottish Bakers Annual Conference and Awards

Location: Hilton, Glasgow

This two-day event includes the Scottish Baker of the Year Awards as well as the annual conference.

19 May – The 2023 Baking Forum

Designed to bring people together, The Baking Forum is endorsed by the Federation of Bakers and the Association of Baking Ingredient Manufacturers in support of the Bakers Benevolent Society. Topics up for discussion include sustainability and net zero, how can the government help and other challenges facing the baking industry.

20-28 May – National Doughnut Week

Sponsored by CSM Ingredients, National Doughnut Week sees businesses including bakers and coffee shops sell lots of delicious doughnuts to raise funds for The Children’s Trust.

22-28 May – British Sandwich Week

Organised by The British Sandwich & Food to Go Association, British Sandwich Week celebrates the humble sandwich as well as the contribution the industry makes to the economy.

31 May – British Society of Baking Golf Day

Location: Forest of Arden Golf and Country Club, Warwickshire

The British Society of Baking’s golf day helps to raise money for charity while providing an opportunity to network on the green.


A woman sprinkling flour on dough

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14 June – Craft Bakers Association Business Day

Location: Euston Square, London

More details on the event will follow shortly.

16-18 June – Alliance of Bakery Students and Trainees (ABST) conference

Location: Alton Towers, Staffordshire

The 92nd annual conference will include a packed programme alongside a host of competitions including the ever popular ‘Lob the Cob’ final.



There are currently no bakery-related events happening this month.


Afternoon tea

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7-13 August – Afternoon Tea Week

Afternoon Tea Week celebrates the great British tradition with venues across the UK running a selection of discounts and activities.


Three slices of grilled sourdough

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1-30 September – Sourdough September

Run by the Real Bread Campaign, Sourdough September is an opportunity for genuine sourdough bakers and baking teachers to showcase what they do.



22-26 October – IBA

Location: Munich

The international baking, confectionery, and snack exhibition will feature a programme of presentations and discussions alongside the exhibition.


Winners celebrating at the Baking Industry Awards 2022

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7 November – Baking Industry Awards

Location: The Royal Lancaster, London

Hosted by British Baker, this black-tie event celebrates the best people, products, and businesses the baking industry has to offer. There’ll be entertainment, a three-course dinner and plenty of opportunity for networking with peers and potential customers.



There are currently no bakery-related events happening this month.