The big night is finally here, the 27th Baking Industry Awards kick off tonight at the Park Lane Hilton Hotel.

Bakers have been excitedly preparing for months, but if you are unable to attend, do not fear, you can still get involved in the glitz and glamour of the night via social media.

Follow the hashtag #BIA on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with what’s going on LIVE. Don’t forget to tweet your support to the finalists.

We have also asked attendees to post selfies of themselves at the event with the #BIA hashtag. We want to make this year’s BIA the most interactive yet, so be sure to follow online for the next best thing to actually attending.

Bakers and finalists have already been getting involved on Twitter, so we can’t wait to see what is posted tonight.

This year’s finalists are:

Baker of the Year

  • Mark Bennett, Patisserie Mark Bennett
  • Cyril Denecheau, The Bread Factory
  • Dominic Salter, The Sandwich Box

Bakery Manufacturer of the Year

  • Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery
  • Rich Products
  • The Village Bakery 

Celebration Cake Business of the Year

  • Brown’s Handcrafted Cakes
  • Shuga Budz
  • Slattery Ltd

The Craft Business Award

  • Bettys Craft Bakery
  • Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery
  • Sally Clarke Bakery

The Customer Focus Award

  • JG Ross
  • Pretty Witty Cakes
  • The Bread Factory

Free-from Bakery Product of the Year

  • White Bread (Gluten, wheat, dairy and egg free)
    Just: Gluten Free Bakery
  • White Wrap (Gluten and Wheat free)
    Newburn Bakehouse, Warburtons
  • Slow Cooked Steak and Mushroom Pie (Gluten free)
    No.G - Too Good To Be Gluten Free

In-Store Bakery Retailer of the Year

  • Morrisons
  • Sainsbury’s
  • Tesco 

The Innovation Award

  • The Orange, Cinnamon Square
  • Fruit and Vegetable Cupcakes, House of Cuckoo
  • Sourdough Viennoiserie, More? The Artisan Bakery

Speciality Bread Product of the Year

  • Organic Chocolate Puffed Brioche, Daylesford Bakery
  • Roasted Hazelnut & Raisin Sourdough Bread, Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery
  • Pain Ancien Couronne, Paul UK 

The Rising Star Award

  • Lucie, Bennett, Fleur de Sel
  • Hannah, Conneely, National Bakery School
  • Tom Thexton, Wild Thexton