Victoria Square joins forces with Women’s Institute to find the best Victoria Sandwich in NI

Pictured are Victoria Square Bake Off judges Michelle Greeves, Victoria Square Centre manager, Elizabeth Warden WI Federation chairman and Northern Irish cook Jenny Bristow, who are on a quest to find the best Victoria Square Sandwich baker in Northern Ireland. One representative from each of the 21 Area Groups of Womens Institutes across Northern Ireland submitted their very best four-egg sponge, and six finalists from across the province were crowned semi-final winners and selected to compete in the grand final taking place this weekend in Victoria Square on Saturday 4 March. Starting at 12pm on the Lower Ground floor, the six lucky contestants will bake against the clock to create and decorate their own unique Victoria Sandwich showstopper in front of a live audience for the chance to be crowned Victoria Square Star Baker. For more information about the event, including the centres opening hours, can be found at www.victoriasquare.com
Pictured are Victoria Square Bake Off judges Michelle Greeves, Victoria Square Centre manager, Elizabeth Warden WI Federation chairman and Northern Irish cook Jenny Bristow, who are on a quest to find the best Victoria Square Sandwich baker in Northern Ireland. One representative from each of the 21 Area Groups of Womens Institutes across Northern Ireland submitted their very best four-egg sponge, and six finalists from across the province were crowned semi-final winners and selected to compete in the grand final taking place this weekend in Victoria Square on Saturday 4 March. Starting at 12pm on the Lower Ground floor, the six lucky contestants will bake against the clock to create and decorate their own unique Victoria Sandwich showstopper in front of a live audience for the chance to be crowned Victoria Square Star Baker. For more information about the event, including the centres opening hours, can be found at www.victoriasquare.com

On Saturday 4th March Victoria Square, together with cook Jenny Bristow and the Women’s Institute, will complete their quest to find the best Victoria ‘Square’ Sandwich baker in Northern Ireland.

Six skilled bakers from the Women’s Institute who were chosen at the semi-finals in January will bake against the clock to create their own unique Victoria Sandwich showstopper live in Victoria Square under the watchful eye of host and judge Jenny Bristow.

Baking appeals to all ages, especially now since the growth in popularity of baking TV shows, so this will be a lovely fun family event. There are many great home bakers here and I’m sure many of us can recall our favourite treats baked by family or friends at special occasions.

Michelle Greeves, Victoria Square centre manager

The event will be taking place on the Lower Ground Floor, beginning at 12pm with the Victoria Square Bake Off winner being crowned that afternoon. Expert cook Jenny Bristow will also provide a live home baking demonstration, sharing her top baking tips to shoppers and passers-by.

Michelle Greeves, Victoria Square centre manager, is thrilled to be hosting an event like this at Victoria Square.

She said: “Baking appeals to all ages, especially now since the growth in popularity of baking TV shows, so this will be a lovely fun family event. There are many great home bakers here and I’m sure many of us can recall our favourite treats baked by family or friends at special occasions.

“The WI members in particular are famously known for their baking and cooking talent so we’re really excited to get together to have some fun with our own bake-off with a Victoria Square twist.”

Jenny Bristow said: “The Victoria Sandwich has been around for hundreds of years and while basic recipes haven’t changed and may have been handed down through generations, there are lots of variations in terms of fillings and decorations and there may even be some ‘secret’ ingredients used.

“I will be looking for all the traditional qualities you’d expect from a sponge – light and tender – but there needs to be a good balance of flavour with the sponge and jam and of course, no soggy bottoms allowed.”

The winner will be crowned the coveted title of Victoria Square Star Baker and will take home a bundle of premium baking equipment and treats courtesy of House of Fraser as well as a place at the ‘Jenny Bristow Cookery School’ experience. The runners-up will receive a £50 Victoria Square gift card to spend under the dome at Northern Ireland’s leading retail destination.

All information about the event, including the centre’s opening hours, can be found at www.victoriasquare.com.