Can you cook up a wartime winner for the Tamworth in Bloom Bake Off?

May 28, 2015

IF you’re a wizard in the kitchen, we need you to rise to the challenge and take part in the Tamworth in Bloom Bake Off – 1915 style.

As part of this year’s Tamworth in Bloom campaign, we are calling on bakers, cooks, jam makers and general kitchen stars to enter their produce into the Bake Off, which is being held in Tamworth Town Hall from 1pm to 3pm on Friday July 3.

This year, Tamworth in Bloom has teamed up with the Women’s Institute (WI) to continue the commemoration of the First World War. The WI was founded in 1915 to revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in producing and preserving food during the war.

We are working with the local WI to mark their centenary and this is reflected in this year’s Tamworth in Bloom theme – Keep the Home Fires Burning.

As part of Tamworth’s partnership with the WI for this year’s In Bloom campaign, the Bake Off will challenge Tamworth cooks challenged to produce a dish from 100 years ago. It can be a cake, a pie, jam, chutney – if it could have been produced in 1915, it can be entered into the competition.

The Bake Off is open to anyone, of any age – although Tamworth Borough Council staff and members and their immediate families are not allowed to take part.

Anyone who would like to take part is asked to email Diane Wells on to register and let her know what you will be entering.

Then all you need to do is create your dish and take it along to Tamworth Town Hall at 1pm on July 3. All the entries will be judged by a representative of Tamworth in Bloom and the WI, and there will be a cash prize for the winner.

The lucky Bake Off winner will also be invited to recreate their dish and take it along to the lunch at the Almshouses following the Tamworth in Bloom judging on Tuesday July 14, where the Heart of England in Bloom judges will be able to sample the winning entry.

Cllr Michelle Thurgood, Cabinet member for Housing & Waste Management, said: “We hope to encourage residents of all ages to enter the Bake Off – and we are excited to see what the people of Tamworth can be inspired to produce. We hope there will be many exciting entries on a 1915 theme.”