Ready, set, bake! You are invited to enter Solihull’s Fairtrade Cake-Off

20th February 2017

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Winners with Solihull Mayor, Mike Robinson and our Judging Panel

Thank you to everyone who entered, attended, helped and judged our 4th Solihull Fairtrade Cake off. As ever, standards were high and we have many talented chefs within the borough. Photographs from the event are available  to view here Our thanks to Chris Bowen for providing the photographs

See the Made in Birmingham TV news coverage on 6th March News at 1pm, 6pm and 9pm.

Read about all the Solihull Fairtrade Cake Off winners from Solihull Fairtrade and Solihull Council

A small sample of some of this years’ entries.

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The gloves are off…Oven gloves that is, for this year’s Great Solihull Fairtrade Cake-Off Competition.


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On Saturday 4 March, Home-bakers are being challenged to show off their most delicious baked creations as they compete against each other.

The baking bonanza will be held in the gallery at The Core. Entry is free and all ages are welcome to take part. There are a number of categories to enter, from cup-cakes and family favourites to show stoppers, all of which have to include at least two Fairtrade ingredients.

The judging panel will include Solihull Mayor, Mike RobinsonSteven Hearn, Head Chef at Michelin-starred Hampton Manor, Christopher Von-Landkammer, Executive Chef at Genting Hotel, Resorts World as well as Claire Donohue from Claire’s Quality Cakes  and Amari Koryang, winner of CBBC Bake Off 2015.

Councillor Tony Dicicco, Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities and Partnerships, said:

“This is another great Fairtrade event, getting the message about sustainable food, local shopping and food production out to the community. We hope that everyone who takes part enjoys it as much as I’m sure the judges will.”

A number of special prizes will be up for grabs for the best bakers who use Fairtrade ingredients with imagination, including afternoon tea at Michelin-starred, Hampton Manor, afternoon tea at Hogarth’s Hotel, afternoon tea at Encore, in The Core Solihull and afternoon tea in the Mayor’s Parlour. In addition other prizes included a gorgeous fruit hamper from Arthur Brett Fruit and Veg alongwith Fairtrade bananas for everyone, tickets for The Core, Solihull -Taming of the Shrew  (Shakespeare in the Park) 2x adults and David Walliams’ Billionaire Boy – family ticket , as well as support from Genting Hotel and Resorts World.

We are delighted that each adult cake winner will win a pair of tickets for the forthcoming Foodies Festival taking place at Cannon Hill Park on 23rd-25th June. Under 12 years old can attend free with a paying adult.

The drop-off time for competing cakes is between 11am and 12 noon, with judging taking place between 12 and 1pm. 


View last years winning cakes.

Solihull was awarded Fairtrade Borough status in 2010. ‘Fair trade’ is the concept behind a global change movement working to get a better deal for farmers and workers. This means better prices, appropriate working conditions and fair terms of trade for the people cultivating the important produce we all use every day. It is represented in the UK by the Fairtrade Foundation.


Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 takes place from Monday, 27th February until Sunday, 12th MarchFind out more about Fairtrade here

To find out more about Fairtrade in Solihull and how your business might get involved and for details how to enter the Cake Off, please visit

Go Bananas

Go Bananas Solihull Town Centre Fairtrade Trail taking place over this half term up to 4th March  find out more here