Kids ready to Bake or Burn

Calling all young master chefs.

The popular Bake or Burn cooking competition will be back at the 2013 Tocal Field Days next month and eight-year-old Emilee Kirkman and her brother Darcy, 6, of Bolwarra, are the first two entrants.

Co-ordinated by Hunter Valley Slow Food, the competition encourages students of all ages to enter and show their skills in the kitchen while using some of the region’s finest fresh produce.

The challenge for the young chefs will be to ­create a culinary masterpiece using dairy products as the key ingredients.

Dairying, together with innovation in agriculture, are the twin themes for this year’s field days, to be held from Friday, May 3, to Sunday, May 5.

The Bake or Burn competition is open to high school students who will cook on the Friday, with children 12 years and under competing on Saturday morning and young adults aged 13 and over in the afternoon.

Winners in each of the three categories will win a range of electrical appliances including a mini food processor, pizza maker,milkshake maker, sandwich toaster and juicer.

Tocal Field Days manager Wendy Franklin is excited about the line-up of attractions for the rural event, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

Ms Franklin said farming and agriculture has been the mainstay of the Tocal Field Days and for past 30 years people have been able to experience a variety of displays, demonstrations, innovations and equipment.

“In 2013 patrons will experience all this and more with the introduction of an extensive program that includes activities for kids, foodies, students and craft enthusiasts,” Ms Franklin said.

“With a growing number of exhibitors each year, Tocal Field Days will continue to mature and attract all kinds of people who want to experience a taste of country life,” she said.

To enter the Tocal Field Days Bake or Burn competition check out the website at

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