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Calling all bakers – your country needs you!

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Last year's Cakebook North saw many iconic regional landmarks brought to life in sponge and icing


If you’ve ever fancied picking up a palette knife and trying your hand at a bit of creative cake decorating then EAT! NewcastleGateshead wants to hear from you.

The annual food festival, produced by NewcastleGateshead Initiative (NGI), is looking for budding cooks and food fanatics to take part in one of the festival’s highlight events, Cakebook Britain, which will see the creation of a 100sq metre map of the UK – made entirely of cake.

If you’ve ever looked at St Paul’s Cathedral and wondered what it might look like made out of sponge, or marvelled at Stonehenge and thought how tasty it would be made out of Rocky Road, this is the perfect challenge for you.

Cakebook Britain is part of the London 2012 Festival, a spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration running between June 21- September 9, bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK.

Simon Preston, Festival Director of EAT! NewcastleGateshead said: “We are seeking 100 teams of amateur and professional bakers from across the region to build their favourite UK landmark heritage site out of cake to bring along to our Cakebook Britain event on Sunday July 15.

“The final creations will be placed on the edible map, which the public will help to build, to create our very own Cakebook Britain.”

The event, which will take place in Saltwell Park, Gateshead, will include the best local producers selling picnic food, giant foodie games for all the family, kids cooking workshops, a schools competition and farm animals.

Last year’s Cakebook North event saw more than 3,500 people flock to the National Trust’s Gibside property at Rowlands Gill, to see the edible map created.

This year’s event in Saltwell Park will be the biggest yet.

Anyone interested in taking part in Cakebook Britain should visit www.cakebook.org to register and name the heritage landmark they want to make out of cake.

The website also includes instructional videos and acts as a community for fellow Cakebookers to share pictures, cooking tips and advice.

Tickets to the event are priced at £4 for adults with free entry for children aged 14 and under and those that have made a cake.

EAT! NewcastleGateshead is celebrating its sixth year. An ambitious programme of events has been organised that make “the hipster capital of the North East” one of the most popular city break destinations this Olympic year.

EAT! NewcastleGateshead takes place between July 13-29. Tickets for all events can be purchased from the EAT! NewcastleGateshead website, www.eatnewcastlegateshead.com,  or from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 from June.

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