PRESS RELEASE: Introducing Oswestry’s Heritage Bake-Off finalists

Excitement, pride and a touch of trepidation are the overriding feelings of the finalists in Oswestry’s Heritage Bake-Off who were announced today (Tuesday 6 September).
Following a call-out for designs to compete for the coveted finalist places, the three hopeful contestants will do battle this Friday to clinch the crown of Oswestry heritage bake-off champ.
Their cake creations will each interpret an aspect of Oswestry Borderland heritage with special meaning to them.
Louise Taylor-Kennett, an assistant at Oswestry Library, will be baking a literary tribute, designed with a little inspiration from her library colleagues.
Keen home-baker Pip Davies will be weaving her love for vegan and gluten-free cooking into her heritage bake.
Completing the line-up is Alex Jamieson, a seamstress by profession whose showstopper will celebrate a heritage asset right at the heart of Oswestry.
The competition will unfold over two days, with judging taking place next Saturday as one of the many attractions of the town’s Heritage Open Days (HOD) festival running Thursday 8 to Sunday 11.
All residents of the Oswestry area, the three ladies are looking forward to the experience which will see the story of their heritage-themed baking efforts captured on film.
Produced by the HOOOH Community Group, the film is being directed and edited by Oswestry born and bred film-maker Joey Edwards who is currently based in Wrexham. With the aim of engaging wider interest in Oswestry’s heritage, it will be premiered at kinokulture, the town’s independent cinema, later this autumn.
Oswestry’s acclaimed HOD programme this year includes an impressive line-up of heritage related events and activities, giving the public unprecedented access and opportunities to discover the area’s colourful history.
Events include train and canal boat rides, guided walks, talks by history experts, film showings, a World War One trench life re-enactment, heritage market, and archaeological dig at Oswestry Castle.
In total, the programme includes almost 100 different time-tabled sessions at some 25 venues across the four days of the festival, with most activities free of charge. There are plenty of hands-on activities for children as well as a free minibus to ferry people between key sites.
Part of an annual national celebration of heritage, Oswestry’s festival is put together by organisations and volunteers that make up the Oswestry Heritage Forum with the support of Shropshire Council and Oswestry Town Council.
Following the bake-off at North Shropshire College this Friday, judging and display of the finalists’ cakes will take place in a tent at Oswestry Castle Bank on Saturday morning from 10.30am. The winner will be announced just before midday and presented with their trophy by Oswestry town mayor, Paul Milner.

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