Get baking for Fairtrade FortnightBy Linda Fort
February 21, 2012
Chocoholics and gifted cake-makers are invited to get baking for a competition to mark Fairtrade Fortnight.
Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC), in London Street, is organising a chocolate cake competition next month and the icing on the gateau will be a talk on the work that goes into producing cocoa.
Only 25 entries will be accepted because the judge can only take so much of a good thing.
Chocolate cake taster for the evening will be chef Paul Clerehugh, who owns London Street Brasserie and The Crooket Billet, in Stoke Row.
He said: “The prospect of eating chocolate cake for an hour, frankly, is unsurpassable. I am already beside myself with excitement.
“Very flattering to have been invited by the lovely people at RISC to join them during Fairtrade Fortnight to judge Reading’s best chocolate cake.
“As a busy chef, it’s easy for me to be complacent about where my ingredients come from, their provenance, the blood, sweat and tears those amazing producers endure in bringing their goods to market. Humbling to be reminded how hard farmers work, sobering how major food conglomerates treat the farmers.
“How privileged I am to be involved in Fairtrade Fortnight.”
Fairtrade producers Agnes Armah and Elias Mohammed, of Kuapa Kokoo Fairtrade Co-op in Ghana, will be at RISC on the night to show how much work goes into producing the cocoa and what a difference being involved in Fairtrade has made to their lives.
There are two categories in the competition:
The Best Fairtrade Cake:
- Best tasting and well presented cake
- Must contain Fairtrade chocolate plus a list of ingredients and where they come from.
Best Ethical Cake:
- Other Fairtrade/organic ingredients like sugar, spices, nuts or fruits
- Organic/and or local ingredients such as cream or flour
- Organic/and or locally produced free range eggs plus a list of ingredients and where they come from.
The winner of the first prize for the Best Fairtrade Cake will have their recipe published in the new RISC Fairtrade recipe book and an Ethiopian meal for two with Fairtrade wine in the Global Café.
The prize for the winner of the Best Ethical Cake Prize is an ethical hamper.
To register for the competition, contact Bente T Madeira, RISC 35-39 London Street RG1 4PS, call her on (0118) 958 6692, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The competition is at 7.30pm on Friday, March 2, and the closing date for entries is Thursday, March 1, or when 25 cakes have been entered.