Fri Deig at the Festival
What fun the festival was! I enjoyed every minute of it, from the preparation to the baking, crafting, decorating and serving. In addition to my passion for home baking (and eating), I also love to bake for others who struggle with food intolerances, as I know the joy it brings. It was so meaningful to build on the awareness of food intolerances at the festival, as they are more common than we realise. Whether someone was born with them or they developed later on in life, it can present its difficulties, for instance being at a food festival and finding nothing suitable to eat. This was my main motivation to be at the festival, to show not only those who have food intolerances, but those without, that you can make anything! I would have loved to have made a larger selection of both sweet and savoury goodies, however time and space limitations made this slightly impossible. Perhaps next year - any volunteers to join my team?!
In order make everything on time, I started baking one week in advance, storing my cakes in the freezer until the day before the festival*. I begun baking the cookies two days before the event, with the last batches being baked only hours before we setup. I was lucky enough to have my parents visiting for the weekend. My Mum and I work so well as a team, she was my partner on the morning of the festival, helping me bake six trays of cookies and decorate my cakes. We were joined by the boyfriend, my father and my good friend, H, to setup the stand. It was so great to see everything come together: the cakes and cookies, decorations, signs and taster stations. We made an effort to decorate each product with its own ingredients, for example: we decorated the Chai Cookies with fresh ginger and big cinnamon sticks and the Coconut Cookies with coconut flakes. To brighten up the table, we dotted around lots of coloured Gerbias and pink Roses.
*Cakes store very well in the freezer, a good tip is to bake an extra cake whenever you have a baking session, then you always have a treat in the freezer, in case an unexpected guest pops over, or maybe you just fancy cake!
We had several curious visitors whilst we were setting up and many interested customers throughout, (I even got to meet the mayor of Drammen and serve him a slice of Lemon Drizzle Cake, thumbs up from him!) Many people were surprised that the entire table of cakes and cookies were wheat-, gluten-, maize- and dairy free; you really can make anything allergy friendly! We served customers of all ages and were sold out after three hours! At the very end, we were visited by six children, all wanting cake, we managed to scramble together six tiny pieces/crumbs for them to try! That is what it is all about, bake, taste, enjoy.
Many thanks to my team (who were all wearing items of pink to match my brand): my parents, for their never-ending support. Without my Mum I wouldn't have been baking in the first place, (we even baked the morning after, as we had a cookie craving!) When my parents arrived two days before the festival, my Dad asked if I had made a coffee cake. Of which, I had not planned to do. But, it is a great cake so I decided to last minute bake, great idea Dad! H, who helped with tasting, giving feedback, tasting again, complimenting, setting up, promoting and selling to customers; I'll be using your help again! My two wonderful volunteers that helped me sell out, telling all customers:
I am so proud to have had them as part of my team. The boyfriend, who amongst bucket loads of support, was my personal photographer, capturing many lovely moments. And, finally - all my customers, thank you for your support! I absolutely loved serving you, and I hope you will visit me again next year.
Globusfestivalen, see you next year <3
Flick through the picture reel below to see more pictures of preparation, the festival and everything in-between!