The first ever Celebrate Oadby Curry and Cake Off event took place on Saturday 25th February and it was a huge success with a steady stream of visitors and a great deal to see and do.
The first 150 visitors were treated to delicious free curries from Oadby’s popular Swatland’s restaurant and the queues for this really did go out the door. As people walked in the smells of the curries had people’s mouths watering. Cake was provided by Icingcloud.co.uk cakes and there were similar lines for her generous, free slices of Victoria Sponge.
The central part of the day was competitive cookery and the tables in the main hall soon filled up with a range of decorated cakes, cupcakes, and Victoria sponges. The curries on offer were based around chicken, seafood, and vegetarian. Judging was done by Beauchamp’s Rikki Khakhar, chair of governors Chris Swann, and Oadby and Wigston’s deputy Mayor, Samia Haq. After a lot of tasting and deliberation the eventual winners were announced as Alina Amara (under 12 cupcakes), Jay Patel (13-18 cupcakes) and Bhavna Mapara (adult’s cupcakes). Victoria sponge prizes went to Nieve Sood (under 12s), Ajeet Samra (13-18), and Fiona Holder (adults). The winners for decorated cakes were Kushi Patel (under 12s) and Pratham Patel (13-18). Under 18 curry winner was Karam Dosanjh and adult winner was Jay Dave.
As well as the food visitors were treated to performances from the Chaines Dance Academy and a team of volunteer dancers from the audience, music was provided by Beauchamp student Virdivinder Gill.
Younger visitors enjoyed biscuit decorating, bouncy castle, and face painting as well as a very well attended series of cookery workshops with Beauchamp food technology teacher Helen Cunningham.
Thanks to Knightsbridge, Intoto Kitchens and Paul’s Kitchen for sponsoring the Bake-off & Curry-Cook off prizes prizes.
Do not miss the next event, The Great Oadby BBQ & Fashion Show on Saturday 1st July 12pm – 3pm.