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Queens Birthday Tea Party

Saturday 11 June, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Queens birthday tea party at roman road yard market

Cakes and Crowns for the Queen’s Birthday Tea Party

H.M. the Queen is having a particularly fine run for her birthday this year and on the weekend of June 11th to 12th she’s having a last blast for her illustrious 90th with a whole weekend of parties and pomp.

We want the good people of Bow to join in the fun so Roman Road Trust is hosting a celebration in honour of Her Maj’s 90th on Saturday 11th June and you’re all invited!

Cakes and Crowns will be a full day of regal fun from 11-5pm at the Yard Market on the corner of St Stephens Road and Roman Road.

At the heart of it all will be tea and CAKE, lots of cake.

Roman Road cafés and cakeries G. Kelly and Fika and Tesco in Bromley-by-Bow are baking cakes for you to buy from our Scout-run cake stall. Meanwhile local Woodcraft Folk children will be serving perfectly crafted afternoon tea sandwiches (no crusts) to complete your tea party plate. Eat your birthday tea at our communal tea table; just pull up a bench to share cake and chat.

There’ll be fun, free craft workshops to dive into; you can decorate a cupcake or make yourself a crown with the East End Church and make yourself a fabulous medal with The Create Place. Why not award a medal to someone deserving on the day.

At 11.30am percussionist Jo May will round up the troops for a spoons playing workshop. Come and join Jo to learn this most traditional of instruments. She might bring some washboards too. Everyone is welcome and there will be spoons for all, including joined up ones for little kids. Just drop in anytime from 11.30. The workshop will be followed by a short concert at about 1pm performed by the brand new Roman Road Spoons Orchestra.

At 1.30pm our knees up takes a different turn as you are invited to roll up your trouser legs and enter our knobbly knees contest, the like of which has not been seen on the Roman for a very long time. There will be prizes of course and everyone is welcome.

If your knees aren’t up to much there’s a fantastic opportunity to show us your own baking talents instead, in our Right Royal Bake-off Competition. Bake at home and bring your homemade treat along to the Yard Market Bake Off tent between 1.45pm and 2.15pm, ready for formal judging at 3pm. There’ll be a people’s vote too, at 2.30pm so stick around and cast yours before our illustrious pro-judges move in.

Showstoppers or scones – they all have a place at the Roman Road Right Royal Bake-off. We’d love to see entries from children and adults, or how about forming a team? You could bake together at home, school or your favourite club or group. The theme is ‘Royal’ so if you can weave that into your creation so much the better, but the most important thing is having fun and taking part and we hope you’ll do both.

Our judges include local foodie Sorella Le Var, a Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Ambassador and our very own newly crowned East End WI Secretary Heather Qualtrough. What these two women don’t know about baking isn’t worth knowing and at our bake off they’ll be just as interested in the efforts of new and inexperienced bakers as the creations of the pros amongst you. They will be joined by Chris Rawlins, the Chair of the Trustees of Bow Foodbank, to whom we will be donating a proportion of the day’s profits. Chris does not claim to know everything about baking but he does love cake.

There are top local prizes for adults and children and of course everyone who enters will win the warm glow that comes from making something, taking part and maybe showing off a bit too.

The prizes are:

  • Dinner for four with a bottle of Prosecco at Roman Road’s new and incredibly popular Bacaro Restaurant.
  • Cake and coffee for four at Lily Vanilli in Columbia Road. Lily will also give you a signed copy of her book Sweet Treats, you lucky peeps.
  • An hour-long soothing massage – either clinical or relaxation with local massage therapist Casey at Revive Therapy.
  • A year’s subscription to Cakes and Sugarcraft magazine by Squires Kitchen.

And meanwhile especially for our young bakers:

  • La Table Des Saveurs on Roman Road are offering an amazing pizza and pop party for eight kids to enjoy.
  • Bow-based children’s entertainers Tillie and Matt’s Parties are offering a private face-painting session for the winner & five lucky friends.
  • The Half Moon Theatre for children has four tickets to a show of your choice next term.

So please, whatever your skill level or age, don your pinny, fire up the oven and BAKE! We can’t wait to see your creations.

After the judging you can take your cake home, share it right there at the tea table or let us sell it for you to raise more money for good causes. So if you do nothing else please be around to put your hand in your pocket and buy some cake made by all our fabulous local home-bakers.

Profits from all the food we sell on the day will be split between Bow Foodbank and the local Scouts and Woodcraft Folk troupes, both working with us on the day and fundraising for their summer camps. The whole event has been kindly sponsored by JB Riney & Co. Ltd.

We can’t wait to see you on the 11th. Drape yourself in a Union Jack, pop your crown on and keep your tummies empty to enjoy afternoon tea, CAKE and Roman Road natter at our Yard Market right royal knees up.


Saturday 11 June, 2016
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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