Kimberley City Bakery Wins Prestigious 2017 Jake the Baker Award

On April 24th, Bakers Journal, a publication of the Baking Association of Canada, named the winner of the magazine’s 2017 Jake the Baker contest. This years winner is Kimberley City Bakery. Owners Eric And Michelle Forbes were ecstatic about the recent win at the Vancouver Baking Congress.

 

Michelle and Eric Forbes show off the Jake the Baker plaque

Michelle and Eric Forbes show off the Jake the Baker plaque

 

For Eric Forbes the award is “like the Junos for us.” He added winning the award “gives us street cred.” All of the dedicated staff at the bakery are under 44 years old.

 

According to Brian Hartz, Interim Editor of Bakers Journal, the Jake the Baker award is based on how well a bakery does in four categories: 1 – product innovation, 2 – marketing mastery, 3 – community involvement, and 4 – innovations in running the bakery.

 

Hartz said, “We got so many great entry’s from across Canada.” A panel of three judges reviewed all sixteen (16) contest entrants and their contributions to each of the categories.

 

While contestant bakeries did well across the board in all categories which made it “extremely difficult to chose” a winner, Hartz said, “Kimberley City definitely rose to the top, all three [judges] were really impressed with them.”

 

We were really impressed with the way they came up with the Medieval Festival. The way they rallied the whole town, creating a new event for the town. We were really blown away by the marketing of that and how innovative it was.”

 

As far as the nuts and bolts of running a bakery, they do everything from pastries, breads to wedding cakes and savory meat pies. They’ve gone to great lengths to make their products without additives and preservatives,” said Hartz.

 

Eric with winning plaque inside the Kimberley City Bakery

Eric with winning plaque inside the Kimberley City Bakery

 

Forbes purchased a special leavening machine from Italy. Its one of three in North America. The machine allows them to create products without preservatives.

 

Hartz, “Of the ones who entered the contest they were a cut above. They had a great story to tell.”

 

Check out all the great photos on their Face Book page. Then travel to Kimberley BC to taste what all the fuss is about.

 

Custom cake made in their honour provided by Pikanik Bakery in nearby Surrey, B.C. – last year’s winner of the Jake the Baker contest

Custom cake made in their honour provided by Pikanik Bakery, Surrey, B.C. – last year’s winner of the Jake the Baker contest

 

Kimberley City Bakery – the best bakery in Canada for 2017.