For cake enthusiasts, choices are often determined by a connection to a particular bakery or driven by a friend’s recommendation.
It is not often that you have a gathering of bakers, suppliers of bakery products and eaters all in one place. That is exactly what I chanced upon at the Kampala Cake Fair that took place over the weekend at the Uganda Museum grounds.
With more than 200 exhibitors of breads, cakes and pastries, the place was filled with revellers who had the opportunity to indulge their sweet teeth. There were also free trainings in cake-making, interaction with suppliers, displays of ceremonial cakes as well as discounted sales on products.
Personally, what charmed me most was the process of making wedding cakes, which is more complex than what one would ordinarily think. For instance, it is a delicate process to mix colours, where a simple drop of a dark food colour can spoil an entire cake decoration.
And there was also time for celebrity bake-offs in which Roger Mugisha’s team won ahead of Mark Kaheru and company. The fair turned into a party shortly after dusk when Vinka entertained revellers with her popular hits. It was a fun day out for families, as there was no ‘slaying’ or show-offs associated with similar gatherings.