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Hong Kong International Bakery Expo: The Sweetest Event of the Year!

By Sophie Pettit 28 November 2016
Whether you're planning to surprise your loved ones with edible treats this year, looking for some inspiration to make your festive dessert table stand out from the crowd, or simply a sucker for cake, the Hong Kong International Bakery Expo, which opens from December 1 to 3 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, is one sweet-toothed bonanza which you don't want to miss. So what can you expect? Cake, yes - but that's just the start of the story. In addition to mind boggling displays of delicious artistry, there will be hands-on workshops, live demonstrations, and vendors from around the world showcasing their baking goods and services at wholesale prices - and all for just a $50 entrance fee!

[su_note note_color="#ff9900"]FREE TICKETS are available for collection at Complete Deelite, 2/F On Lan Centre, 11 - 15 On Lan Street, Central![/su_note]

And there's more! This feast for the eyes and the tastebuds has another very special addition to the schedule. For the very first time the Edible Artist Global Awards (EAGA) is coming to Hong Kong, with 15 of the world's most talented edible artists in tow. This is your chance to come face to face with these talented individuals, and get hands-on in the kitchen under their guidance. That's right cake-lovers, there is an extensive selection of workshops planned right through the weekend! The chance to learn from these masters is one not to be missed - especially with classes costing under half of what they would normally. Before you know it you'll be casually handcrafting sugar flowers, modelling 3D cake decorations, and adding pearlised finishes to your culinary creations. Just imagine how popular your bakes will be when they look just as good as they taste! Fancy learning more about the award-winning artists? Feast your eyes on the creations of our 5 favourite bakers, and make sure reserve your spot at the demonstrations, mini-classes, and workshops before they fill up!

1. Faye Cahill: Wedding Cake Artist

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Setting global trends with her silver and gold leaf embellishments and pearlised finishes, Faye Cahill is a leading lady in the wedding cake world. Jetting over from Australia for the IBE, delicate handmade flowers, decadent finishes, and shimmering icing are Cahill's forte - bag a spot at her workshops to find out just how she does it.

[su_spoiler title="Workshops with Faye!" style="fancy"] Demonstration: Pearling Technique When: December 1, (2:30pm - 3:15pm); December 2, (10:30am - 11:15am); December 3, (3:45pm - 4:30pm) How much: $200 per person Click here to reserve your spot Mini Class: Silver Leaf and Peony Rose When: December 1 and 3, (10am - 1pm) How much: $780 per person Click here to reserve your spot[/su_spoiler]

2. La Belle Aurore: Sugar Modelling Artist

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Forget Dorothy's ruby slippers, there must be magic in the fingers of the La Belle Aurore team to create sugar models like this! Talented trio Aurore, Cristina, and Massimiliano specialise in dolls and figures, which are guaranteed to transform any cake into a showstopper.

[su_spoiler title="Workshops with La Belle Aurore!" style="fancy"] Mini Class: Tinker Bell and Kitty Baby Modelling When: Tinker Bell, December 1, (1.30pm - 3.30pm) Kitty Baby, December 2, (10.30am - 12.30pm) How much: $780 - $880 per person Click here to reserve your spot Modelling Day Class: Lecce Girl When: December 3, (10am - 6pm) How much: $2,480 per person Click here to reserve your spot[/su_spoiler]

3. Catalina Anghel: Sugar Flower Artist

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You'd be forgiven for mistaking Catalina Anghel's floral masterpieces for nature's own, but we promise they're made out of sugar. The most amazing part of these colourful garlands and blooming bouquets is that Anghel crafts them all by hand, without a stencil or cutter in sight! Do you want to find out her secrets? Take your pick of her Apple Blossom Branch demonstration and Free Form Clematis workshop!

[su_spoiler title="Workshops with Catalina Anghel!" style="fancy"] Demo: Apple Blossom Branch When: December 1 - 2, (3:45pm - 4:30pm); December 3, (11:45am - 12:30pm) How much: $200 per person Click here to reserve your spot Mini Class: Free Form Clematis When: December 1, (10:30am - 12:30pm) How much: $600 per person Click here to reserve your spot[/su_spoiler]

4. Berna Garcia: Sculptured Cake Artist

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Now that's what we call a cake! The incredibly talented Berna Garcia will also be joining the fun at IBE. Andy Warhol, Wolverine, Santa Claus, and even life-size Star Wars figures - you name it, this award-winning cake artist has whipped it up in the kitchen. Sign up now to see Garcia in action!

[su_spoiler title="Workshops with Berna Garcia!" style="fancy"] Demos: Modelling Chocolate (Andy Warhol) and Airbrushing When: Modelling Chocolate, December 1, (11.45am - 12.30pm) Airbrushing, December 2, (3.45pm - 4.30pm) How much: $200 per person Click here to reserve your spot Mini Class: Introduction to Modelling Chocolate, Monkey When: December 1, (1:30pm - 5:30pm) How much: $1,800 per person Click here to reserve your spot[/su_spoiler]

5. Frederica Cipolla: Sugar Modelling Artist

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The distinctive style of Frederica Cipolla's sugar modelling really make her stand out from the crowd. Bright colours, wacky designs, and a meticulous eye for detail - it's truly amazing what this Italian artist has achieved in just 3 years. Sign up for her workshops to learn how to make Snow White, Christmas Balls, and Ariel the mermaid her way.

[su_spoiler title="Workshops with Frederica Cipolla!" style="fancy"] Demos: Snow White, Christmas Balls, and Ariel Sugar Modelling When: Snow White, December 1, (2:30pm - 3:15pm) Christmas Balls, December 2, (11:45am - 12:30pm) Ariel, December 2, (5pm - 5.45pm) How much: $200 per person Click here to reserve your spot Mini Class: Olimpia's Face When: December 1, (10:30am - 12:30pm) How much: $680 per person Click here to reserve your spot[/su_spoiler]
Read more! Check out 12 Festive Things To Do This Christmas in Hong Kong or 12 Cupcakes That You Need to Try.

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Sophie is always on the lookout for a great story and her next big adventure and loves nothing more than discovering the city’s hidden gems—and most delicious cocktails. When she’s not exploring new places, she’s off travelling and ticking countries off her bucket list.

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