Three awards were given at the festival: best cake, best design and best confectionery. The best cake laurel went to the Aprel bakery, best design to Michelle Bakery and best confectionery to the Madlen confectioners shop. The three won certificates and prizes.
Twenty of the capital’s bakeries took part in the event, displaying cookies, cakes and pastries for sale and for sampling. Amid an entertainment programme including singers, dancers, crowd games and a contortionist, capital residents tasted the products on hand and stocked up on treats for later.
This is the second time the festival has been held, said Rizgul Kalgabayeva, deputy head of the department of business and industry of the Astana Akimat (city hall), the organisers of the event. “It has gained a lot of attention and today we can see a lot of confectionery producers, as well as coffee house and confectioners shop representatives. Two months ago we started our preparations for this event, so I think everything is well organised today.”
A 30-kilo birthday cake was also presented to Astana on the city’s birthday.