The Great Hastings Bake Off

Published on by Sophie Weaver (editor), Lauren Roberts (writer)

Special guest, Great British Bake Off 2016 Runner up, Jane Beedle attended the event to announce the winners (photo: Lauren Roberts)
Special guest, Great British Bake Off 2016 Runner up, Jane Beedle attended the event to announce the winners

Forget the Great British Bake Off, Hastings Pier is turning up the heat with its latest “Neverland at Christmas” addition. Families from across the 1066 area dusted off their aprons, and took to a gingerbread baking battle with whisks in hand this Saturday (10th December). ‘The pier, or sea life around the pier’ was the competition’s theme, which lead to an array of aquatic masterpieces and proud pier tributes.

Hastings Pier CEO, and judge of the gingerbread competition, Jo Stewart praised the “high standard” of entries. Jo said, “they’re all amazing and if I could’ve given a prize to everyone I would of”.

Despite the tough competition, amongst themselves Jo and Jane did manage to agree on the winning submissions, crowning ‘Hastings old pier at Christmas’ by Rebecca Abbott (and family), and ‘The Giant Shark’ by Jane and Ellie Taylor, victorious. The lucky winners were awarded a signed copy of ‘Great British Bake Off – Perfect Cakes and cakes to make at home’ and £10 - £25 vouchers to spend in the Pier shop or Pavilion restaurant.

Scroll down for a picture gallery featuring just a few of this year’s gingerbread competition:

Gingerbread design inspired by Hastings Pier, and the creatures in the big blue

Gingerbread design inspired by Hastings Pier, and the creatures in the big blue

More aquatic themed bakes

More aquatic themed bakes

Participants of all ages enjoying the creative event today

Participants of all ages enjoying the creative event today

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