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School children benefit from Bake A Building win!

Posted on: 4th July 2019

In June 2019 UAH were delighted to support the coach transport for the two school first place prize winners Our Lady and St Patrick Primary School, and Down High School to The National Trust’s Mount Stewart as an opportunity for young people to explore and engage with heritage outside of their curriculum. Feedback from teachers highlighted that the children thoroughly enjoyed their experience.

Entry into Mount Stewart was kindly donated to the Bake A Building competition by The National Trust.

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Down High School and Our Lady and St. Patrick Primary School Enjoying their trips to Mount Stewart

A baking challenge like no other! Back in October 2018 Ulster Architectural Heritage called on the public to step up to the challenge of baking their favourite building in Northern Ireland!

Held in St. George’s Market, Ulster Architectural Heritage and Food NI called on– professionals, amateurs, kids, school groups and organisations- to choose their favourite historic building, and BAKE! The project aimed to use the popular medium of baking to encourage people, of all ages, to take a closer look at our architectural heritage. Judged by celebrity chefs: BBC’s Paula McIntyre, Jane Allen, Jane’s Kitchen & Finbar Haughey, Andrew Ingredients and also UAH President Primrose Wilson. The judges were astounded by the level of skill and attention to detail and flavour that was presented by the competitors!

Categories included best amateur, professional, group, under 16 and primary/secondary school class. 35 competitors signed up to bake Northern Ireland’s built heritage. Each produced their interpretation of a different building and entries included: Belfast City Hall, the Albert Clock, Transport House, The Palm House, Stormont, and many others across Northern Ireland. Entrants included the National Trust Team at Castle Ward, the Titanic Foundation, Titanic Drawing Offices and in the professional category French Village baked Belfast City Hall. The Lanyon Building at Queen’s was baked by Jamie Smyth architecture graduate, brother of the NI Great British Bake Off finalist 2016, Andrew Smyth.

The winners of each category who clotted up the scores and whisked into highly commended were:

Amateur Winner: Christine McCrudden – A Belfast Terrace

Amateur Highly Commended: Ian Patterson – Crown Bar

Group/Organisation Winner: Castle Ward House Team – Castle Ward House

Group/Organisation Highly Commended: Mark Lusby – Derry Walls

Primary School Winner: Our Lady and St Patrick Primary School – Ormiston House

Professional Winner: French Village – Belfast City Hall

Professional Highly Commended: Yellow Door – St. Patricks RC Cathedral

Secondary School Winner: Down High School – Assembly Buildings, Stormont

Secondary School Highly Commended: Fivemiletown College – Enniskillen Castle

Under 16 Winner: Catherine Pollen – Palm House

Under 16 Highly Commended: Anna Hamilton – Mussenden Temple

Nicola McVeigh, Chief Executive of UAH said ‘Architecture is often looked at through creative mediums of the arts – in painting, drawing, sketching, poetry, design. In this case we are asking all the bakers to translate what they see in the physical detail of buildings into a creative representation in cake. We asked them to look closely at the buildings that form such an important part of our towns, streets and cities. We also asked participants to make those buildings taste great!’

Supported by Belfast City Council, Food NI, Andrew Ingredients & Neill’s Flour.

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