Festival Cake-Off


We love Bolton because... we want cake!

Following the successful launch of our first ever cake decorating competition in 2018 we’re delighted that this year it’s back and better than ever. We’ve got a strong focus on family involvement and a keen interest in giving budding bakers a platform to kick start their hobby or even potential career, so want everyone to get involved. 

This year’s competition takes its inspiration from the new ‘This is Bolton’ campaign (launched on 20th May) which is asking everyone in Bolton to shout about what they love about our great town. So bakers, young and old, are invited to create a cake that demonstrates their love of Bolton in a fun and quirky way! The cake needs to be a true celebration of what makes Bolton so special, be it our fantastic history, great outdoor spaces or wonderful culture the choice is yours – just make it great! To help you along the way we’re asking that your cake focusses on one of the following themes:

a) Family and community

b) Famous Boltonians

c) The great outdoors

d) Culture vultures – theatres, museums, historic halls

e) Sporting Greats

The competition will have two judges – Rose Cake Diva and Kay Gajra (Kaykes) both respected cake artists in their own right and friends of the festival, along with key representatives from our sponsor companies and Bolton Council.

The cake must be fully edible and on a cake board no bigger than 12″x12″ (ingredients to be listed and should include elements from Aldi – headline sponsor).

The cakes can be entered into one of three categories: beginner, novice and professional. 

Prizes will be given to the winner and runner up of each category.

How to enter:

This competition is open to all Bolton residents of any age. In order to enter we need you to send over your draft cake ideas by 9am, Friday 26th July.

Contact marketingeventsteam@bolton.gov.uk with the following information in an email:

  1. Name
  2. Age
  3. Address
  4. Contact telephone number
  5. Ability level (beginner/novice/pro)
  6. Size of board (maximum 12” x 12”)
  7. Confirmation that the cake will be fully edible
  8. Short description of the cake – including selected theme
  9. Labelled diagram of the cake

Make sure you put ‘Cake Competition’ in the subject title of the email.

*Please note – must contain at least one ingredient from Aldi*

Our judges will shortlist all entries received and we will contact all entrants by no later than Tuesday 30th July. Those successful will be put through to the final judging that will take place in the Family Zone at the festival on Monday, 26th August.