CakeFest5 2018

Friends of Seaton Park : CakeFest 5


Cakefest 5 took place on Saturday 24th March at Dunbar Street Halls.  The event was attended by over 100 people who were able to sample a selection of the 32 cakes entered for judging.

We held the first ever CakeFest in March 2014.  The original concept was a Bake Off similar to the Great British Bake Off.  However, the idea evolved so that the event become a unique experience much loved by everyone who attends.  Preparation begins in April each year as we debrief from Cakefest and note what worked and what did not and how to improve for the next year.  Later in the year we will identify a date and early in 2019 a small group will meet to plan the finer details.

Bakers are asked to submit their best bakes.  We don’t usually have specific categories.  The judges are the paying public who can choose three pieces of cake and vote for their favourite.  At the end of the morning, the cake with the most votes wins.  This year’s winner was Graeme Stephen with his “Prodigious Pavlova”.  Second equal was Neil McMillan (New York Cheesecake) and Maria Morales (Tablet Cheesecake).  Third prize went to Elaine Cordiner for her “Hummingbird Cake”.  The first prize of the coveted CakeFest apron was a special triumph for Graeme – his wife won CakeFest 4.  A very talented team!  Their grandchild won the decorate a cup cake competition so it looks like the Stephens will be keeping it in the family!

As well as eating cake, CakeFest patrons could visit the craft stall where various hand made items could be purchased.  A raffle was held with all prizes donated.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank the many members of the public who donated prizes and everyone who purchased tickets.  A special thank you goes to local businesses (Brig o Don, Shish Tandoori, Casa di Gelato, Morrisons and Websters Pharmacy) who all donated splendid prizes.

We would also like to thank the volunteers, friends and family who helped on the day – Mary Mac, Alexis, Diane,  Iris and Kelly, Tracey and Linda.  You are all stars!!!

After a short pause to gather strength, we will soon begin planning our next big event which is ParkFest 4.  ParkFest will be held in the park on Sunday 9th September from 1.00 – 4.00 p.m.  We are planning a similar programme to previous years.  If you have an idea for taking part, then please be in touch.  Also if you would like to help with the planning of the event, we’d love to hear from you.  Finally, if you know where the form to apply for a lovely sunny day is located, then please forward it to me immediately!

CakeFest on 24 March 2018!

000 Cakefest 5 ABS ABS FINAL version_edited-4CAKEFEST 5

24th March, 2018, 10–12 noon

Dunbar St. Hall, Old Aberdeen

Thank you for requesting more information about the 2018 Friends of Seaton Park CakeFest. More questions? Please contact or send us a message on Facebook.

What is it?

The CakeFest concept is a coffee morning with a difference—think British Bake-Off meets Beer Festival! On entering the hall you will be overwhelmed by the selection of delicious, mouth-watering, homemade cakes on offer for you to eat and judge! £3 will buy you a cup of tea/coffee (juice for kids also available) and three pieces of cake. Vote for your favourite by putting your token in the cup next to it. Want more cake? Then buy more.

So You Want to Enter a Cake?

 Cakes must be homemade. There are no categories—cakes, traybakes, fruit loaves, tarts, meringues, are all suitable—just make your favourite bake(s) and bring it (or them) along by 9:30 am on the day. We’ll ask you to fill in a wee card with the name of the cake, any dietary information you can include, e.g. gluten, vegan, contains nuts, dairy free, and your details.

Please note that, although we do not discourage you from spending hours decorating your entries, cakes will be cut before public judging and therefore any decorations may be damaged (we’ll do our best not to though!)

Presentations for the winners will take place at approximately 11:30 am. The first prize will be the coveted CakeFest apron.

NEW! Cupcake decorating competition for 2 -12 year olds.  Cupcakes and decorating materials supplied.

Parking and Transport 

Dunbar St. Hall is located on the right-hand side of Dunbar Street, coming from St Machar Drive direction, about 50m. from the road junction.

Limited parking is available free of charge on Dunbar St. Dunbar St. is a narrow residential street, so please park courteously. There is also parking on The Chanonry, a short walk away.

The Number 20 bus stops on St. Machar Drive, just 50m. from the Dunbar St. Hall. There are also many buses which stop at the St. Machar roundabout on King St., next to the Spar, a 5 minute walk from the hall.

Barkathon – volunteers needed! Saturday 3 February 10am.

Friends of Seaton Park have been asked to spread bark in the central and eastern sections of the Walled Garden on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th February.  This greatly helps our two hard working gardeners.  We aim to start at 10 am on Saturday in the central azalea garden, and if the work is not finished then, continue on the Sunday.

If you would like to help you would be made very welcome. Please bring a rake if you have one, also DIY safety glasses or goggles, as we will be working among low bushes. If you do not have goggles, we will have some to hand out. Rakes and barrows will also be made available.
You do not have to be a member of the Friends to join in; all volunteers welcome. From an hour to an afternoon, all help is valuable

Newsletter 3 January 2018

To view our latest newsletter please click here, the content is below.

Friends of Seaton Park Newsletter : 2018

Seaton Park has just had a very successful year winning 6 awards in 2017 and we invite you to join us in celebrating these achievements on Monday 22nd January in the Leslie Room, Dunbar Street Hall, Dunbar Street, Old Aberdeen  AB24 3UJ at 7.30 p.m.  There will be a fine piece and a free raffle.

In 2017:

The Green Flag was retained.  The Green Flag is a nationally
recognized standard for parks and green spaces.  There are 73
Green Flag parks and green spaces in Scotland.

Seaton Park, as part of the ACC team, won gold in Champion of Champions competition held by Britain in Bloom.

The ACC team, and our park, won the City category in Keep Scotland Beautiful,

The Judges Discretionary award for Parks and Green spaces in Britain in Bloom Competition was also given to the park.

Friends of Seaton Park achieved an “Outstanding” award in the It’s Your Neighbourhood scheme run by Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Finally, the Seaton Park Wetland Project won the Herald society Award for Best Environment Initiative.

At the meeting on 22 January we will also look forward to 2018 with a number of activities and volunteering opportunities, some of which are:

Helping the gardeners lay bark.
Removing shoots of Himalayan Balsam which was brought into the park with the 2016 floods.
We would like to conduct occasional headcounts of visitors, to quantify the increased usage of the park.
The fruit trees we planted last year will require some weeding  and maintenance.

All of these activities are weather dependent, so please refer to our website –   or you can join our Facebook Group for more details.

We are currently planning CakeFest 5 which will be held on Saturday 24th March.  To help celebrate 2018 as The Year of Young People, there will be a new cake category for 2 to 12 year olds featuring a decorated cup cake.   More details to come.

We will also start working soon on ParkFest 3.  The date is 9th September.  Anyone who wants to get involved, please contact the Friends

We welcome your interest and support, please get in touch with any feedback, suggestions or ideas.