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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jan 22, 2019

Showbiz Baking Enthusiasts Should Join The Bakery Fair 2019 Trade Show At World Trade Center On February 15 To 17

DO YOU KNOW that a lot of stars are into baking cupcakes, like Marian Rivera, Jennylyn Mercado, Bea Alonzo, Ara Mina and Bettina Carlos? This should not be a surprise as it can be a good business, as seen in the case of James Anton Uy, winner of the Bakery Fair Cake Display in 2013. He’s a food tech graduate who used to work with a big donut company when he joined the Bakery Fair contest for the first time and won over more established bakers. He now owns Cubcakes Bakery and you can order from him in bridal fairs and online.

Now, he’s designing the 7 ft. tall and 4 ft. wide giant cake that will usher in the fair this year, Bakery Fair 2019, to be held at the World Trade Center from February 15 to 17, a perfect post-Valentine and post-Chinese New Year affair. The giant cake he’s making is a cute pig as this is the Year of the Pig. He brought a sample during the Bakery Fair 2019 presscon, hosted by Shirley Pizarro and Wilson Flores at the Oriental Palace, and the piggy he made is just so cute.

The Bakery Fair is held every two years, organized by the Filipino Chinese Bakery Association Inc., with Peter Fung of Ling Nam as current president, to be succeeded by William Ong of Baker’s Fair. “The fair began in 2001 to foster awareness on the importance of updating our industry on the latest trends in baking technology and ideas, equipment, ingredients, latest packaging concepts,” says Mr. Fung. "We hope the Bakewry Fair can promote, strengthen, and elevate standards of the Philippine bakery industry not only as part of the country's dietary, lifestyle and culinary culture, but also to help boost economic development through expansion of small and medium scale enterprises."

If you want to attend the 3-day fair for free, you can do so by registering on line. If you’d go there as walk in, the registration fee is only P100 per person, no kids allowed. There will be cake baking competitions, one for more established bakers and one for first time homebakers. For the latter category, 67 new bakers have already registered to join. The prize is P80,000 and there will be 6 foreign judges from Hongkong, Vietnam, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia and China.

There will be 187 exhibitors of different baking products, equipment, supplies, packaging services and various baking seminars conducted by local and international experts during the weekend. For February 15, the seminars are Going Guiltless with Sugarlyte Baking Competition by Peotraco and Premixes for Better Quality and Cost Control by Southeast Asia Wheat Foods.

On February 16, they have Classic Filipino Pastries by Chef RV Manabat, Divine Confection by Chef Gene Gonzales, Chocoholic Recipes by Clyden San Pedro and Bake To Go by Chef Wim de Smet by Puratos.

On February 3, they have Artisan Cookies and Tarts by Chef Bam Soliman, Chocolate Cakes Love Affair by Chef Dan Basilio, Familiar Filipino Flaors by Tenten Casasola and Bakeology by Dr. Wilfredo Bejar of Artistan Baking Institute and Matt Galang of Atlantic Grains.

For details, check out the FCBAI facebook account at fcbai.ph or their website, bakeryfair.com.ph and fcbai.com.ph.