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Natasha Brownfield icing her baked goods.She will offer workshops in decorating at the Mundaring Arts Centre.

Mundaring bakes off to CWA high standards

By Sally McGlew

HILLS bakers will be honing their skills in the kitchen this week as they prepare to take part in the Great Bake-off as part of the Food for Thought project celebrating Australia’s food heritage.

 The Great Bake-Off pays homage to the historic tradition of showing off your culinary skills by creating a cake to a set recipe, entering the creation to be judged by the knowledgeable Country Women’s Association (CWA) judges and then waiting for the winner’s announcement. 

 There are three cake recipes to choose from, you can enter one cake in each category or only one cake. 

 Bakers are invited to donate their cake to the community to taste after judging or take it home to enjoy.

 Entry forms need to be submitted by Tuesday, June 1 and cakes need to be delivered between 8.30am-9.30am on Saturday, June 5.

 The Food for Thought program was created to increase participation in, and access to, arts and culture in the Hills region. 

 Shire President, John Daw, said the Food for Thought program offers learning opportunities for all ages. 

 “The Food for Thought program offers the opportunity to learn from outstanding WA artists who are well recognised in a range of different media,” he said.

 “Food is the ultimate connector and symbol of change. 

 “It is central to our lives and our survival and has dominated social media platforms in recent times and traditional art forms throughout history.”

 The Food for Thought event and exhibition at Mundaring Arts Centre will showcase results from skill sharing workshops between master artists and the local community and will kick off with an Open Day on Saturday 5 June from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

The program will also provide mentorship to local art tutors and help them deliver a range of specialist and community workshops. 

 “I am looking forward to seeing a new level of energy around locally run art workshops in the future,” he said.

 Cr Daw encouraged residents with a passion for food, culture, and the arts to attend the Food for Thought Bazaar and learn more about the program which runs until August and pre-register for demonstrations and workshops. 

  Food for Thought is an ambitious program, delivering 60 workshops in a variety of media including woodwork, ceramics, writing and poetry and woven fibre craft.  

   Shire President, John Daw, said the exhibition would launch with an array of activities on offer at the Mundaring Arts Centre and Mundaring Adult and Creative Learning Centre. 

“Visit the quaint and historic setting of the Mundaring Adult Creative and Learning Centre on Craigie Place.

“Wander through as local artists such as the well-respected Bernard Kerr open their studios to showcase the courses on offer and what participants have been creating during the Food for Thought project,” he said. 

From 10.30am to 2.30pm there will be a cake decorating demonstration with pastry artisan Natasha Brownfield. 

This will complement the Devonshire Tea available on the Verandah Café and the display of cakes from the Great Bake Off. 

Cr Daw said the Shire was proud to work with, and for its community to deliver inclusive cultural events such as the Food for Thought program.

The exhibition will feature the creations from over 60 sessions with local artists and residents across a variety of media including ceramics, upholstery, wood, creative writing, sewing and more. 

The Food for Thought exhibition will run from Saturday June 5 to Sunday August 1, at the Mundaring Arts Centre.

The Food for Thought program is sponsored by the Shire of Mundaring with a $50,000 Culture and the Arts WA Outer Metro Arts grant from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and in partnership with the Mundaring Arts Centre. 

The program is also supported by Mundaring Adult Creative and Learning Centre and Katherine Susannah Pritchard Writers Centre. 

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