Expert brings a royal touch to the cakes
ROYAL wedding cake maker Fiona Cairns will be giving a talk and judging the cake competition at Wells Food Festival on October 20.
"It will be exciting to see Wells celebrate its foodie heritage," she says.
Her parents live in the area and she likes to drop in to the Queen Street Deli when she visits, for its amazing selection of local cheeses.
"I'm always interested to keep up with what local food producers are up to in Somerset, so the food festival with be a great opportunity for me to do that," she says.
She is also much looking forward to Pearl Lowe's vintage tea party which will be taking place at the newly-renovated Fountain in the afternoon.
Fiona will be giving a talk about baking, and sharing stories of her own projects and triumphs, including how she came to make the royal wedding cake.
She is adamant that there are no great secrets to making a perfect cake, just three simple rules.
"Use the best ingredients, follow the recipe, attention to detail," she said.
She'll then be judging the Food Festival's cake competition, in which there are two categories, one for baking and one for decorating.
"In the baking competition, I will be looking for a cake that has been really well executed.
"So each contestant has to really stick to the recipe."
In the cake decorating category, she will be looking for a design that really shows an entrant's creative flair and eye for detail.
"It's important to remember that a well-decorated cake doesn't have to be covered in things.
"A few well-chosen colours and shapes can work just as well," she points out.
Fiona Cairns will be giving a talk and judging the cake competitions at The Fountain, Wells, at 2.30pm.
For tickets and further information about how enter the cake competitions, visit www.wellsfoodfestival.co.uk.