Vegan Bake Sale 2016

Published 5 April 2016

Get ready for the annual Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale! Our annual Bake Sale features delicious cake and food stalls, a BBQ, food demonstrations, music and games. Help us fundraise by donating a cake or by entering your baked masterpiece in the Bake Off competition for a chance to win.

Bake sale and competition, Vegan Iron Chef, food stalls, BBQ and more! Enter your cake to win a spot as a judge and great prizes

This year one lucky festivalgoer will win the chance to be a judge in the Bake Off competition! Master chefs can also put their culinary skills to the test in a vegan Iron Chef style competition against food blogger David Nightingale.

Come along and enjoy some yummy donated baked goodies, enter your masterpiece into the bake off to win some great prizes, stock up at the ALV and Uproar stalls, grab something from the BBQ and watch some awesome cooking.

Bring a picnic rug with you. Make a day of it!

Bring your furry friend! Dogs on leads are welcome at CERES.

Entry by gold coin donation.

Please bring cash because there will be no ATM on site.

Sustainability: ALV’s vegan bake sale will use biodegradable plant-based plates, forks and napkins. Please help us by bringing your own reusable coffee cup and water bottle.

Check out some of the food from last year »


1 Entry to the event is by gold coin donation.
Please give generously!

2 Pick up your ticket for the queue.
After you have entered, head on over to the Bake Sale marquee where you can collect a free ticket for entry to the queue to buy some cake. The ticket will give you an allotted time to join the queue, so you don’t have to spend too long waiting.

3 Each person can buy up to three pieces of cake.
We have set a limit so that everyone can share in the sugar comas… but don’t worry, if you want to buy more than three pieces of cake, our event also features stalls from vegan cake businesses.

4 Make sure you bring cash – no ATM available!


11amRegister your cake entries at the registration table from 11am-1pm, get a ticket to the Bake Sale, enjoy food and drinks at the stalls and grab a spot by the stage with your picnic blanket.

Note: cake entries/donations are due by 12.30pm if you want to enter Iron Chef and the guest judge competition.

1pm – Vegan health and nutrition by Naturopath Candace Borg of Northcote Natural Therapies.

2pmDelicious food demonstration by Jess Spilling, the winner of Overall Best Cake at 2016 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale. Jess will discuss the science of replacing eggs in cooking and demonstrate how to make a vegan quiche.

3pm – Vegan Iron Chef: do you have what it takes to make the best dish from a vegan mystery box and be crowned 2016 Vegan Iron Chef? One lucky contestant will battle for glory against food blogger David Nightingale of A Fist Full of Hummus, Recipes of an Unconventional Vegan.

4pm – Bake Sale winners announced and prizes presented

6pm – Close


11am onwards – Vegan business stalls open, music and games kicks off

12pm onwards – Vegan BBQ and baked goods for sale

1pm – Bake Sale Opens! No more queues – our new ticket system will tell you what time to line up for quick service.


We’re keeping queues at the Bake Sale cake stall to a minimum this year with a new ticket system.

Take a ticket that tells you what time to enter the line and you’ll be served very quickly. The ticket holds your place in the queue. So instead of standing in line for an hour, the ticket will tell you to return at 2pm, when you’ll join a very short queue and be served promptly.

In 2015, our bake sale was epic and we had 10 times the number of people show up compared to previous years. We raised so much money for the animals, but unfortunately the queue for the Bake Sale and BBQ took longer than anticipated.

This year, we’ve brought in more food stalls, changed the queue arrangement for the BBQ and brought in a new ticket system for the Bake Sale so you can get your cakes fast!

Until your allocated Bake Sale time comes up, you can explore the festival, grab a sausage, check out the food stalls or watch a food demo.

If you don’t use your ticket, please return it to the Bake Sale ticket desk so that we can give it to someone else.

One ticket per person and three pieces of cake per person. Cakes available until sold out.


The categories for the vegan Bake Off are:

  1. Cakes and Cupcakes
  2. Other baked goods (eg: cookies, slices, sweet pies,etc.)
  3. Savoury
  4. Raw
  5. Gluten free
  6. Best presentation

Enter as many times as you like. One dish can be entered into multiple categories if applicable (e.g. raw and savoury). Entries will be served at room temperature and should not require refrigeration or heating.

How to enter the bake off

Register your entry on the day between 11am-1pm.

To enter the draw to be a judge or an Iron Chef contestant, your entry is required between 11am-12.30pm.

Please bring two printed copies that list all ingredients used in your entry so that we can advise people of any allergens.

All entrants and people donating food for sale will be asked to sign a form confirming that all ingredients are vegan. Please bring two printed copies of your ingredients.

What plate should I put my cake on?

If you clearly label your plate, you can pick it up at the end of the day. Otherwise, we encourage you to put your entry on a recyclable plate/tray or on a plate that you are happy to leave behind.

Judging criteria

Entries will be judged on:

  • Name of creation
  • Presentation
  • Texture
  • Flavour balance
  • Creative flair

At the judges’ discretion we may also give away prizes for ‘highly commended’ entries that achieve one of the following: best icing, best garnish, best use of tiers and more.

Conditions of Entry

Entries must be made with only vegan (i.e. non animal) ingredients. We ask that no alcoholic ingredients are used.

Looking for some ideas?

Check out our Vegan Baking Cheat Sheet. Vegan baking is easy. You can achieve fantastic flavours by using cruelty free ingredients.

Submit Early

Make your morning quick and easy by submitting your entry details in advance!

To submit your entry early, please answer the following questions and email them to by 9pm Saturday. We will have two copies of your entry ready and waiting to sign when you arrive at the submission desk.

(Please Copy & Paste this form into your email)

2016 Vegan BakeSale
Early Entry Form



Phone number:

Name of cake:

Submission categories: Cakes and cupcakes, other baked goods, savoury, raw, gluten free, best presentation (you can enter more than one category.)

Please list all ingredients:

I confirm all ingredients are vegan and that my entry has been made and stored safely: Yes/No

For gluten free entries: I confirm all ingredients are gluten free and that no contamination has occurred: Yes/No

I would like to be in the draw to be a guest judge: Yes/No

I would like to enter the Vegan Iron Chef competition: Yes/No


Judges for the Vegan Bake-off competition are:

David McArthur Nightingale – Fire fighter and vegan food blogger from A fist full of hummus, recipes of an unconventional vegan

Zoe of Vegan Mum, who is raising three happy, healthy lifelong vegan children who are 14, 13, and 2 and has plenty of great advice and ideas after 24 years of veganism

Noah Hannibal – President of Animal Liberation Victoria

Lucy Stegley (aka SmoothieGirl) from Raw Events Australia facilitates engaging food and fitness presentations that showcase the world’s best and brightest wholistic vegan health entrepreneurs, experts and enterprises. @raweventsaustralia

Kate Woodd & Jade Would of Panaceas Pantry are recipe developers, photographers and wholefood lovers. Their motto is: eat plants, buy less, give love and promote equality



CERES Environment Park
Cnr Roberts and Stewart Streets, Brunswick East.

The Bake Sale will be held in the Energy Park at the front entrance of CERES.



Take the Number 96 tram to East Brunswick from the city (from Bourke St, travelling up Nicholson St) all the way to the end of the line (the intersection of Blyth and Nicholson Streets). CERES is about a 5 minute walk from the tram stop. Turn right down Blyth St (which becomes Arthurton Rd) and take the second street on the left (Roberts St) – CERES is about 100m up Roberts St on the right – you can’t miss it. Turn right at Lee St and walk in.
Bus: Take the 503 Essendon to East Brunswick bus. Departs from Essendon Station and runs via Russell St, Napier St, Brewster St, Pascoe Vale Rd, Albion Street, Nicholson St, Stewart St, Roberts St and Arthurton Rd to the terminus at the corner of Blyth and Ryan St. Get off at the Lee St stop and you’re right out the front.


Limited parking is available on site. Parking is also available on side streets (please read the street signs) and in the Cretan Brotherhood car park on Stewart Street.


The Merri Creek bike path runs along the edge of CERES, so it’s very accessible for walkers and cyclists. You can enter via the gate closest to the Blyth St/Arthurton Road bridge in Brunswick East. Simply follow the green council signs along the path to CERES. The Merri Creek Bike Path also connects to the Capital City Trail.

If you get lost you can ring the visitor centre for directions on 9389 0100.


Animal Liberation Victoria has been saving lives for more than 35 years. All proceeds of the Bake Sale will go towards ALV’s life saving work of rescue teams and campaigns to end animal abuse.

Want to be involved?

If you would like to take part in this event, volunteer or make a donation to ALV please email

The 2016 Vegan Bake Sale

SUNDAY 24th APRIL 2016
11am – 6pm

(Cnr Roberts and Stewart Streets, Brunswick East)

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