Bakers’ Fair Spring was a great success on Sunday, with a huge numbers of visitors from across the country making the trip to Newbury Racecourse.

Linda Lusardi received a warm welcome from both visitors and exhibitors, before she took to the stage to announce the winners of the National Association of Master Bakers’ Bakery Competitions, and the bakers versus butchers classes.

The Stage saw a wide range of talks and demonstrations, with Baking Industry Awards Confectioner of the Year Mark Legg, of Dunn’s Bakery, kicking off proceedings.

Talks also came from both Sara Reid and Colin Lomax of Rank Hovis, and Baking Industry Awards Celebration Cake Maker of the Year Amelia Nutting, Shugabudz, demonstrated a number of the techniques she used to create her winning cake.

National Cupcake Champion 2009 Kevin Sibley, also took the crowds through how to make his winning Black Forest Gateau recipe.

Among the winning firms in the bakery competitions were: David Jenkins, Greenhalgh’s, Dunn’s Bakery and Brucciani (Midlands). For a full list of all the winners and a review of the event, see the next issue of British Baker, out 22 April.