Community stall

In my last blog I mentioned that we hoped to join forces again with other groups in Piddington. This idea has borne fruit, and at the next market (8 June), we’ve planned to allocate a stall to other village ‘worthy causes’ so that they can sell goods to raise funds. At the summer market, the stall will be run by members of the church and the village hall management committee. All the money raised on this community stall will be split between these two groups, and will thus benefit the village as a whole.

Naturally, as it was inspired by the Bake Off, this first community stall will be featuring a host of delicious homemade cakes and bakes – and we know just how good the Piddington Bakers are! I’d say it’s worth visiting the summer market for this stall alone – but of course, we’re planning lots more to tempt you …

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Piddington Bake Off

Not much activity recently on The Pantry blog as I’ve been sampling the local produce in Devon, but we’re gearing up to our summer market now, so we’re starting to put in orders for summery products (remember, our theme this time is The Great British Picnic, so expect to find lots of tempting picnic goodies) and firm up bookings with stallholders. I’ll let you know more very soon.

The only disadvantage to being in Devon, though, was that I missed the Piddington Bake Off last weekend, which by all the comments I’ve heard since my return was a great success. For a mere £2, everyone got to taste all the delicious cakes and bakes and then judge them. One person told me it was the best £2 they’d ever spent! Everyone had a fantastic time, and the event raised some money to help support the village hall, so the organisers are keen to hold a similar event in the future. I’m definitely going to try not to miss it this time! You can read more about the Piddington Bake Off on the village website: http://www.piddingtonvillageoxfordshire.org.uk/noticeboard.html

The Pantry took a stall at the Bake Off, and this has sparked the idea that we might join forces in other foodie events, which would be great for the village. Meanwhile, here’s a photo of our stall plus a few of the delicious entries.

The Pantry at the Piddington Bake Off, with the Under 16 entries in the foreground
The Pantry at the Piddington Bake Off, with the Under 16 entries in the foreground

Pantry summer market

The theme this time will be The Great British Picnic – so let’s hope for a heatwave on 8 June!

We’ve got lots of ideas to make this a lovely, summery event, with many delicious products to tempt you to put together your own picnic – or just enjoy them at the market.

There’ll be deckchairs, bunting, even ice cream.

More news soon …

More news about the Bake Off

There will be two demonstrations on the day:

12.00 – Maria Chambers will be demonstrating Super Serviette Folding and offering you a chance to have a go. Prepare to be amazed.

2.00 pm – Maria Chambers will give a Creative Cupcake Decorating demonstration.

Kitchen Jumble Stall
Among some other lovely stalls you’ll have the chance to grab a bargain from the Kitchen Jumble stall.  If you have any unwanted kitchen/cooking items in good condition that you can donate please let Deborah Harman know or bring it down to the Village Hall Friday evening or Saturday morning before 10 am. If you need something to be collected, please contact Deborah on 01844 238172.

Children’s Class
Every child entering the competition gets a prize … Best Bake or Best Decorated, something for ALL ages.

If you would like to enter one of the Baking Classes details shown on the notice (in yesterday’s blog), please enter soon and collect your guidelines.

Finally, please come along on the day and take part in the judging. Vote for your favourite bake and browse the stalls, or simply enjoy a tea or coffee.

Piddington Bake Off

If you’re missing The Pantry, you might like to know that Piddington is hosting another foodie event in the village hall – the Bake Off on 20th April.

If you don’t feel your culinary skills are good enough for you to be Piddington’s own Mary or Paul, please come and support the brave bakers who are up for the challenge.

You can find all the details in the notices below, together with guidelines on how to enter.

Good luck, and remember – no soggy bottoms!

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