Bakers across the capital have come together to host a virtual bake sale in honour of Black History Month.
Organised by London Bakers Against Racism, the event will give people the chance to purchase all sorts of delectable treats with all proceeds going towards teaching children and young people Black British history.
There are some very fanciful cakes up for grabs – such as delights from Oliver Costello, the pastry chef at Ottolenghi and chocolate babka from the Middle Eastern restaurant chain, The Good Egg.
And of course, cookies, brownies, pies and macarons from other bakers.
Pre-orders for the bake sale are already open and will run until 3pm tomorrow (Saturday 10 October) on the organisation’s website.
Buyers can then pick up their goods on Sunday 11 October between 11am to 2pm from two locations in London; The Hearth near Queen’s Park and Esters in Stoke Newington.
But you can also pop in to have a look around on the day too, as there will be extra baked goods available to buy for those who haven’t pre-ordered.
‘I’d heard about Bakers Against Racism in the US on social media, so when one of our regulars, pastry chef Adri, said she was organising bakers here in east London for a July sale, offering up our space and donating bakes felt like the least we could do,’ Nia Burr, co-owner and chef at Esters, told Time Out London.
‘North east and north west London had separate bake sales last time, and we raised £3,000 each. We’re hoping to double our impact now that we’ve joined up.’
The funds will be given to Black Curriculum, an organisation that aims to improve how Black British history is taught in UK schools.
‘It’s so important that the community comes together to pitch in and bake sales are incredibly accessible and heartwarming,’ said Oi Leng Lui, co-founder and director of The Hearth in Queen’s Park.
Not only do they make the most delicious treats, the bakers are also helping to raise awareness of the important work of charities like The Black Curriculum.’
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Black History Month
October marks Black History Month, which reflects on the achievements, cultures and contributions of black people in the UK and across the globe, as well as educating others about the diverse history of those from African and Caribbean descent.
For more information about the events and celebrations that are taking place this year, visit the official Black History Month website.
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