Baking is a time-honored tradition in many cultures of the world. Today’s baker is limited only by his or her creativity in the field of baking and pastry making and this makes baking competitions a thrill to participate in.
Baking contests are held for different audiences and participants. There exist baking challenges for children, professionals, special themes such as birthdays, Mother’s Day, holiday celebrations, and many others.
All these competitions call for careful planning and execution. Following are a few tips to keep in mind when thinking of conducting a baking competition.
What is the Reason for the Baking Contest?
The reason you hold the baking competition will help you clarify the target audience and contestants. A baking challenge for children for example will require consideration for appropriate work surface heights and extra vigilance on safety measures.
Pay attention to the ambience of the venue with creative props or decorations depending on the reason for the baking competition. One example is to keep it fun, colorful and lively for children or creatively inviting.
Do You have Enough Time to Prepare?
It is always essential to plan early for any event especially where a large number of people gather. Will it be outdoors or indoors? If it is an outdoor event with good weather you need to visit the venue to plan the layout of the workstations.
What will you need to consider as you survey the venue of the event? You may for example keep in mind that trash bins need to be provided for each contestant as well as a sink area. You will need to ensure movement is efficient within the workstation.
There will be judges for the baking competition. A display area for the baked dishes must be factored in.
Thinking through such questions will enable you to contact relevant suppliers for your needs and firm up when and how they shall make deliveries. Remember that suppliers require time and early notice to make or prepare what is needed.
Plan your budget
With the information you have on the baking competition, it is crucial to sketch out a budget that you build on as you get into finer details of the planning. Do not forget to factor in your team members as you budget because you will delegate work in the execution of the event.
Finally, remember that competitors and judges alike, as well as the public invited, appreciate a well planned and executed baking competition.
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