Avid theatre-goer, self-proclaimed foodie and crazy dog lady!
Founded in 1984, the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation works holistically to provide practical, emotional and financial support to people living with HIV in NSW. BGFs model of care empowers individuals to live well, with dignity and to lead healthier and more fulfilling lives.
But what is the bake-off all about? Picture this. The venue Upstairs Beresford Hotel in Surry Hills. A gorgeous man in speedos offered cupcakes to arriving guests. The music was pumping. Disco lights were flashing. There were drag queens, performing artists, games, celebrity judges – and most importantly, cakes!
The yearly event is the biggest fundraising opportunity of the year, and 2016 marked the 29th annual bake-off. Every year has a new theme, 2016 being "Spring Carnival" drawing inspiration from the iconic Springtime event. Prizes were on offer for guests wearing the best fascinator or hat.
Hosting the event was Vanessa Wagner, a long-time HIV advocate, and supporter of the BGF along with Maître D' Aunty Mavis. Entertainment for the day included performances by Coco Jumbo, Rosie Rivette, and Lucy Clifton.
The bake-off competition has prizes for the best cake, with auctions on offer for top winning prizes and proceeds going to the foundation. There are seven categories including Best Cake, Best Professional Creation, Best Decorated Cake (edible or non-edible), Best Cupcake, Best Fete Baking, Best Tart or Pie and Best Preserve.