A few weeks ago, I attended the British Sugarcraft Guild Region 8 Exhibition in Brighton. This usually takes place every couple of years for each region. As this was the first time I have attended and taken part in this particular sugarcraft event and competition, I have to say that I was really impressed with the warm welcome I received.

All the Guild members were so willing to guide, assist and introduce me to other like-minded people within my area. Unlike other shows, the atmosphere of this event feels extremely personal and social.

Elaine Thomas stand @The British Sugarcraft Guild Exhibition 2013

Elaine Thomas stand @The British Sugarcraft Guild Exhibition 2013

Throughout the event, there were small workshops and demonstrations taking place. This year one of the demonstrations included Elaine Thomas – aka mystical mischeif! Elaine is well-known for her modern take on creating beautiful character models and cute dragons.

In addition to the usual Individual Competition Classes, there was also a Branch Competition Area, whereby each Branch of The British Sugarcraft Guild had their own display table. Members of that branch were able to make a small piece; Either following a theme or scene. Personally, I thought this was a great idea to get everyone involved and working as a team.

Below is a little slideshow of photos on the Exhibition. Click on any image to view large.

My Butterfly Fairy!

My Butterfly Fairy!

Furthermore, both Trainee and Accredited Demonstrators were given an area to display a chosen piece of sugar art. The models and flowers displayed were amazing and of a very high standard! This was a wonderful opportunity for other members and non-members to see and experience some of the upcoming demonstrations and workshops taking place throughout the year.

As a Trainee Demonstrator for the British Sugarcraft Guild, I was able to display one of my favourite designs – my lovely Butterfly Fairy! I am looking forward to running Classes and Workshops as well as  Demonstrations for the British Sugarcraft Guild in the near future.

My competition piece for the British Sugarcraft Guild Exhibition

My competition piece for the British Sugarcraft Guild Exhibition

The competition I entered was – Ladies Day at the Race’s! I was so chuffed when they announced that I not only had won Gold, but also a trophy for ‘Best In Class’. Hard work really does pay off!

Now I can’t wait to get started on my next competition pieces for November. I will be entering into three different classes at the Cake International in Birmingham.

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