Baker at food festival

Anne Scott
Anne Scott

A Daventry woman will be bringing her repertoire of gluten-free baking to the inaugural Towcester Food Festival next month.

Anne Scott, who has been runing Anne’s Home Baking from her home on The Stour on the Grange estate, will be at the festival on Saturday, June 7 and Sunday,June 8.

It is a business which she has been running for nearly two years but has been an interest of hers for a lot longer.

Anne said: “I have beenbaking for pretty much all of my life.

“I remember making apple pies and that is my first recollection of baking.”

She spent years working for one of the UK’s largest contract caterers – first as a chef and then in HR - but decided on a change when she turned 60.

Anne said: “From launching the business, I was able to get a place at Rugby Farmers Market.

“I had some gluten-free items on the stall and these were very popular so I kept making more of them.

“I have had to learn a lot of new skills to do the gluten-free baking and so it will be great to have an entirely gluten-free stall at Towcester Food Festival.

“I am lucky in that my husband bought me a gluten-free baking book for Christmas and have been baking a lot of things out of that book.”

A lot of the success from the business has come from word of mouth and recommendations.

Anne added: “I have a few regular customers who come to see me at Rugby Farmer’s Market and then from there, people have been in touch with me to ask me to make birthday cakes, wedding cakes, anniversary cakes etc.

“It is a hobby which gets me a little bit of pocket money on the side.

“Baking is something that I find very relaxing and very therapeutic. It is just something that I really love doing and was determined to do when I reached the age of 60.

More than 5,000 people are expected to attend the festival at Towcester Racecourse on Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8.

Festival chief executive Crispin Slee said: “We already have plenty of food and drink stalls booked and they will be bringing an array of mouthwatering treats.”

Anne will be one of at least 70 artisan food and drink stalls at the festival, street food vendors, chef, demonstrations, food workshops, crafts, and live entertainment.

Fringe events are also being organised in the town, including a fringe food festival and real ale trail.

Masterchef judge William Sitwill is to open the festival, tour the stalls and take part in a 45-minute Q&A with one of the country’s most celebrated interviewers - broadcaster, journalist and author Mark Lawson.

The event runs from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday.

Tickets for the show cost£5 for an adult for one day’s entry to the festival. A family ticket consisting of two adults and up to three children can be bought for £10.

To buy tickets or for further information about the event, visit www.towcesterfoodfestival.co.uk.

For more information about Anne’s Home Baking and to see some more pictures of visit www.facebook.com/AnnesHomeBaking.