The Cake Festival, the first of its kind in Africa, is structured to help participants to break away from the circle of selling to only those they know, and launch them into a lucrative entrepreneurial path.
Launched on 30th May 2009, the Cake Festival stamped its authority in the food scene; food galore, hundreds of visitors and tons of delicious cake. Visitors’ sampled delectable cakes and desserts from 20 professionals, watched the amateur chefs having a go at the cake “cook off” and experienced the wonderful world of cake art and more while taking a tour of the Nairobi Safari Walk (KWS).
The Cake Festival 2010, saw 35 professional and amateur bakers bringing over 1700 kilos of cake that was enjoyed by over 3,000 guests at the Splash Water World. The “2010 FIFA World Cup” got the bakers on their creative edge with fascinating creations such as stadiums, soccer balls, soccer boots, fans watching a match and more, all recreated in sumptuous cake!
This was made possible by over fifteen sponsors who contributed greatly to baker’s ingredients and media among other efforts. Guests sampled over 120 types of cake and accompaniments such as tea, coffee, chocolate and nuts whilst enjoying DJ music and live band performances. The children were treated to a number of fun activities including swimming, water slides, face painting, bouncing castles and play station among others.
In 2011, the event got even more exciting with the launch of the souvenir Cakefest Magazine and a wider menu of over 150 cake varieties that were produced by the 42 bakers present. In the competitive categories, the “Dream Wedding Cakes” theme brought out an amazing amount of creativity and culminated in a draw where a lucky bride-to-be won a grand wedding cake. The event sponsors included Radio Africa Group, House of Manji, Hope FM, Premier flourmills, 1 FM and Skypex supplies amongst others. The event attracted over 3,500 guests and was featured by over 15 local media and 2 international TV stations.
In 2013, we hosted yet another exciting event with the incorporation of healthy options in The Cake Festival and Theme of celebrating various landmarks/creations from various counties providing a galore of the unique and scenic Kenyan sites all in edible creations celebrating our diversity.
The event saw 62 Home, Professional, Industrial bakers and culinary Institutes participate bringing about over 2000 kilos of cake that was enjoyed by over 3,500 guests. This was made possible by 15 sponsors who contributed through finances, baker’s ingredients and media coverage amongst other efforts. The event also saw participation of 17 exhibitors.
Participation increased to 75 Home, Professional, Industrial bakers and culinary Institutes bringing about over 2000 kilos of cake that was enjoyed by over 2,800 guests on an extremely wet day. This was made possible by 12 sponsors who contributed through finances, baker’s ingredients and media coverage amongst other efforts. The event also saw participation of 9 exhibitors. Baker coming from as far as Eldoret to showcase and compete.
The Festival has continually grown and in 2016 it saw 73 home, professional, Industrial bakers and culinary Institutes participate bringing about over 2000 kilos of cake that was enjoyed by over 3500 guests at the Kenya Wildlife Service. This was made possible by 14 sponsors who contributed through finances, baker’s ingredients and media coverage amongst other efforts. The event also saw participation of 20 exhibitors.