The Bakers’ Fairs are back for 2012 and this year they are bigger and better than ever before.

Organised by British Baker, the first one in the calendar, our Baker’s Fair Summer, takes place at Kempton Racecourse on Sunday 24 June. Special guest at the show will be TV personality and presenter Anthea Turner. The former Blue Peter and GMTV star will be on hand to meet attendees and stall holders, and present awards.

The National Association of Master Bakers (NAMB) has once again pledged its support to the show, which will be run in conjunction with Butchers’ Fair, and details of the competitions to be held at the Bakers’ Fair Summer will be released shortly.

With a range of exhibitors and plenty of live activity, Bakers’ Fair Summer promises to be a great day out for craft bakers, café owners, patisseries and sandwich, cake and coffee shop proprietors looking to learn and be inspired. Registration for the Bakers’ Fair is open now – see for details.

Martyn Leek, editor of British Baker, said: “Last year’s two fairs were the best yet, with people turning out in their hundreds to take part in competitions, watch demonstrations or just meet fellow members of the baking community. But this summer’s event will be our best yet, as the team here at British Baker work to put the finishing touches to what we hope will truly be a stellar fair. I hope to see you all there and urge as many of you as possible to pre-register.”

Gill Brooks-Lonican, chief executive of the NAMB, added: "The NAMB is happy to support the Bakers’ Fair this summer at Kempton Racecourse. Whether you are new to the industry or a veteran, these fairs help bring the community of baking together and we hope to see as many of you there as we can."

Last autumn’s show, held at the Bolton Arena in Lancashire, saw more than 400 people attend and guests watched demonstrations by Bako and the Soil Association. The event also saw a special Generation Game-style contest, with butchers decorating cakes and bakers making sausages.

Coming up

The launch of Bakers’ Fair Summer marks the start of another action-packed year for British Baker. In our next issue (24 February) we launch our prestigious Baking Industry Awards (BIA), now in its 25th year, with 2012’s event set to be one of the best ever.

Also in our next issue, look out for our supplement on Bakery@Foodex, the UK’s premier food and bakery exhibition, which takes place at the NEC on 25-27 March. Our definitive show guide will be your must-have accessory for Bakery@Foodex, highlighting all the exhibitors via a bakery trail and giving a timetable of events.

Also coming up is BB75, the only industry-wide authoritative report and league table of the leading bakery retailers, which is revealed in March. And this year, for the first time, British Baker is holding an invite-only, networking lunch to celebrate the launch of the BB75 league table and data.