After meeting residents this morning and feeding the ducks at Waddon Ponds, I headed to Croydon Bake Off, a seasonal competition organised locally by Christo Matthews through the Croydon Eats Out (CEO) group, which aims to bring residents together for food-based events throughout the year. The event takes place in the vibrant town centre in the courtyard by Matthews Yard and is staffed and supported by a series of local volunteers from across the Borough. Entrants into the competition are judged by professional chefs and can serve up sweet or savoury dishes for the members of the public to taste and enjoy throughout the day.
Tasty treats on offer included lavender flavoured cupcakes, homemade sausage rolls and freshly made quiche. The event attracted several hundred people throughout the day and everyone I spoke with thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were very supportive of the competition.
Many entrants for the competition had heard about it on Twitter and Facebook through Croydon’s thriving social media scene. Today’s Bakeoff was another perfect example of key members of our community coming together to organise great events that promote and publicise our town by showcasing our community spirit. It is this community spirit that I saw during the opening of Waddon’s leisure centre earlier in the year, and it is this community spirit that we must all continue to support to give our town the national recognition it deserves.