The Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees’ (ABST) Annual Conference is to take place over the first May Bank Holi- day weekend.

Students and members of the baking industry are encouraged to take part in the three-day event, from 2-4 May 2009, to be held at the TLH Leisure Resort in Torquay, Devon. The conference will include the live judging of bakery and confectionery competitions, banquets, live bands and the AGM.

There are cash prizes available for the competitions, which include the British Confectioners’ Association Award, the Innovation Trophy, the Slattery Trophy and the President’s Cup.

ABST general secretary David Mizon said: "We have nine colleges interested in attending this year, which is more colleges represented than any year in the last 10." However, he is keen to get more colleges involved.

Tickets for students cost £75 and include accommodation, access to all activities and competitions, and free transport from six pick-up points across the UK. The conference is supported by the California Raisins Admini-strative Committee.

l For more information or to book tickets, please email David Mizon on