There’s a busy year ahead for the baking industry with a host of exhibitions, competitions, and conferences to inspire and inform, as well as several chances to celebrate.

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

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


Aidan Monks Lovingly Artisan and Amy North

Aidan Monks from Lovingly Artisan collecting his Bakers’ Dozen award at The Artisan Collective in 2023

30 January – The Artisan Collective

Location: The Compound, Birmingham

British Baker’s invite-only event is a celebration of artisan bakeries and the people that make them so special. Sponsored by Angel Refrigeration, Craggs & Co, and Rondo, it features networking, live demonstrations, and community learning as well as the reveal of the 2024 Bakers’ Dozen – the top 13 bakeries in Britain as voted for by the community.


Three Cornish pasties on an oven tray

Source: Cornish Pasty Association

17-25 February – Real Bread Week

The annual, international celebration of additive-free bread and the people who make it returns for 2024. Managed by the Real Bread Campaign, it encourages consumers to buy ‘real bread’ from local, independent bakeries or have a go at baking their own loaves.

26 February-3 March – Cornish Pasty Week

Cornish Pasty Week returns for 2024 and this time it is raising money for school cooking activities. So far more than £15,000 has been pledged by pasty makers and bakers to the cause, who will donate an amount for every Cornish pasty sold during the week.

27 February – Baker’s Roundtable

Location: AgriFood Centre, Plumpton College

Suppoted by the Craft Bakers Association and the Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees, the event will see attendees shown around the new Centre inclduing its state-of-the-art training kitchen by bakery programme manager Anthony Gaston. As well as networking opportunities, there’ll be talks on training, recycling, and sustainability, with the chance to learn about the college’s new Level 3 Bakery apprenticeship. 


A cherry pie with a lattice pastry top

Source: Getty Images / DebbiSmirnoff

4-10 March – British Pie Week

British Pie Week is an annual celebration of all things pie-related. The British Pie Awards are at the centre of the week with judging on the 6 March and the winners revealed on the 10 March.

8-9 March – Western Region CBA Dinner

Location: Thurlestone Hotel, Kingsbridge

Back after a four-year break, this Western region Craft Bakers Association event features a reception, a 3-course gala dinner, an awards presentation ceremony, a prize auction, and live entertainment. Additionally, a special guest speech will be given by AB Mauri sales manager Glen Winterflood, who previously held senior roles at Dawns Foods and JF Renshaw and is flying in from his base in Dubai.   

8-12 March – Internorga

Location: Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH

Internorga is an international trade fair for hotels, restaurants, caterers, bakeries and pastry shops.

13 March – Welsh Baking Conference

Location: All Nations Centre, Cardiff

Experts from Tesco, the American Bakers Association, the Craft Bakers Association, and Fosters Bakery are among the speakers set to share their knowledge and experiences at the Welsh Baking Conference. Organised by Zero2Five Food Industry Centre, the 2024 iteration will offer an overview of the industry’s past, present and future. There is also a pre-conference dinner taking place the night before.

25-27 March – International Food & Drink Event (IFE)

Location: ExCel London

Part of Food & Drink Hospitality Week, IFE and sister shows IFE Manufacturing and HRC offer networking opportunities and access to products from across the food and drink sector.


A match and white chocolate brioche loaf with two rosettes next to it

17-18 April – British Society of Baking’s Spring Conference

Location: Cotswold Hotel, Golf & Spa, Chipping Norton

The conference will feature discussions on key topics impacting the baking industry. This year, it is paired with the BSB Golf Day, which takes place on 17 April. Following the golf (or optional spa afternoon for non-golfers), attendees will be invited to a networking dinner and drinks reception.

29 April-1 May – UK Food & Drink Shows

Location: Birmingham NEC

Organised by British Baker publisher William Reed, the UK Food & Drink shows comprise the Food & Drink Expo, Farm Shop & Deli Show, National Convenience Show, The Forecourt Show, and The Restaurant Show. They encompass food development, manufacturing, grocery, hospitality, specialist retail, forecourt and convenience retail, wholesale and foodservice.

29 April – Britain’s Best Cake

Location: Birmingham NEC

British Baker has introduced a new competition for 2024 celebrating all things cake! The event takes place at the UK Food & Drink Shows in Birmingham and features a morning of live judging before the winners are revealed in six categories – Classic Cake, Free-from Cake, Fruit Cake, Individual Cake, Occasion Cake, and Traybakes. The winning cakes will then go on to battle it out for the title of Britain’s Best Cake 2024. Entries are open until Monday 18 March and cost £30 plus VAT.

30 April – Britain’s Best Loaf

Location: Birmingham NEC

Britain’s Best Loaf is back! 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 eight categories – Gluten Free, Flavoured Sourdough, Innovation, International, Plain Sourdough, Seeded Sourdough, White, and Wholegrain – before the champions battle it out for the ultimate title of Britain’s Best Loaf 2023. Entries are open until Monday 18 March and cost £30 plus VAT.


A box of six glazed doughnuts

Source: Getty Images / sara_winter

10 May-11 May – Scottish Bakers Annual Conference and Awards

Location: Glasgow Hilton Hotel

This two-day event includes the Scottish Baker of the Year Awards as well as the annual conference. More details on the line-up of speakers will be announced nearer the time.

18-26 May – National Doughnut Week

Bakeries, cafés, bistros, and other small businesses are encouraged to join the week-long celebration of doughnuts by donating a portion of their doughnut sales to charity The Children’s Trust. In 2023 the event, sponsored by CSM Ingredients, raised just over £43,000.

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.


A baker taking a tray of seeded brioche buns out of the oven

Source: Getty Images / Zinkevych

5 June – Craft Bakers Association Business Day

Location: The Hilton Wembley

Returning for 2024, the Craft Bakers Association Business Day will include masterclasses, demonstrations, and presentations relevant to bakery businesses. Full details will be revealed nearer the time, but speakers currently include inspirational customer service speaker Geoff Ramm and Bread Ahead founder Matthew Jones. The event will also include dinner in the evening.

14-16 June – Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees Conference

Location: Alton Towers

Networking opportunities and competitions form the centrepiece of the ABST annual conference. There will also be a fancy dress dinner on the Friday evening which embraces the theme astronauts and aliens.


An afternoon tea stand loaded with macarons, cakes and sandwiches

Source: Getty Images / molishka1988

12-18 August – Afternoon Tea Week

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


A baker holding a freshly baked sourdough loaf

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1-30 September – Sourdough September

Organised by the Real Bread Campaign, Sourdough September encourages consumers to bake sourdough and buy sourdough from small, independent bakeries.


Baking Industry Awards trophy on a table

9-10 October – British Society of Baking Autumn Conference

Location: Ardencote Hotel & Spa, Warwick

The conference will feature discussions on key topics impacting the baking industry. As usual, there will be a dinner for attendees on the evening of the 9 October.

24 October – Baking Industry Awards 2024

Location: The Royal Lancaster, London

Another night of celebration awaits as the industry gathers to celebrate the people, products, and businesses that make it such a special place. The winners will be presented by a yet-to-be-revealed celebrity host with awards given in categories including Baker of the Year, Bakery Retailer of the Year, and Rising Star Award.