Amazing sales on baking ingredients and equipment, a diverse array of bread, pastries, and cakes to discover, and exciting seminars and competitions made this year’s Bakery Fair a paradise for those who are passionate about baking, make a living out of it, or simply enjoy baked goods. It is, to paraphrase Sir Mixalot, for those who love big (bread) buns and cannot lie.
The Bakery Fair is a biennial event organized by the Filipino-Chinese Bakery Association, Inc. (FCBAI). Held for the ninth time this year at the World Trade Center in Pasay City, it has grown to be the biggest bakery and food service trade show in the country.
With the event, FCBAI also inspired and challenged local talent to come up with world-class baked goods, pasalubongs, and other products. There were contests such as the SAF GOLD 2017 BAKERS CUP (organized by Sonlie International, Inc., Lesaffre, and FCBAI, in partnership with Bacolod Negros Occidental Bakers Association, Davao Bakers Club, Inc., and Philippine Baking Institute), Angel Yeast Steam Buns Competition, and the 1st Philippine Pasalubong Challenge allowed professional bakers to showcase their skills while also giving enthusiasts ideas on how to improve their craft.
International master chefs and industry groups such as Bakels Philippines, Inc., Mix Plant, Inc., Commodity Quest, Inc., Angel Yeast Global Pacific Distribution Network Corp., Puratos Philippines, Inc., Atlantic Grains, Inc., Innovatrade Ingredients Corp., and Bakersfield conducted seminars on both the art and business of baking.
Last but not the least, over 200 local and foreign suppliers brought in the latest baking equipment and ingredients for exhibition and sale—with attractive discounts exclusive to the event—giving attendees with baking businesses a competitive edge.
FCBAI continues to hold workshops and competitions for both aspiring and professional bakers. Interested participants can check out www.facebook.com/BakeryFairPhilippines/ to see the schedule of events.