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On the hunt for region’s best bakers

Dust off those cake tins and fire up the oven: Cessnock Performing Arts Centre is on the hunt for the region’s best bakers.

Before Margaret Fulton burst into the nation’s kitchens in 1969 with her burnt orange crockpots and chunky stoneware, encouraging housewives to try their hand at Nasi Goreng and Apricot Chicken, Australian food was bland, boring and British – or overly fussy, fancy and French.

The first Margaret Fulton Cookbook, with hundreds of recipes, tips and full-colour pictures, transformed a generation of Australian housewives into elegant hostesses, serving Chicken Liver Pâté, Sweet and Sour Pork and Chocolate Self-Saucing Pudding.

Follow the journey of this culinary icon, from her humble beginnings to super-stardom, next month as Cessnock Performing Arts Centre presents a delightful musical romp based on Margaret Fulton’s bestselling autobiography, I Sang for my Supper.

Melbourne-based theatre reviewer Simon Parris describes it as “a joyous celebration of the life of a great Australian, and the country that grew up with her, Margaret Fulton the Musical is 80 minutes of delectable enjoyment, as lightly whipped and deliciously sweet as any of the pavlovas on display.”

To celebrate this heart-warming night of theatre, CPAC invites you to channel your inner Margaret Fulton by trying your hand at whipping up the perfect Butter Cake.

Bring your cake down to CPAC on Wednesday 31 March between 10am and 6pm.

Entries will be judged by Ellice Schrader, Vice President of the Cessnock Country Women’s Association (CWA) prior to the performance at 8pm.

The winning entrant will receive a copy of The Margaret Fulton Cookbook 50th anniversary celebratory edition, a hamper of selected goodies, and a beautiful Margaret Fulton-inspired apron.

Visit CPAC’s website for full competition details, including judging criteria.

Tickets to Margaret Fulton the Musical are on sale now at the CPAC Box Office, from the CPAC website, or by phone on 4993 4266.

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