The Final Bake Off posterThe Final Bake Off event raises money for PLHIV

While representations in popular media might suggest that HIV positivity is a thing of the past, gone the way of 80s synth beats and acid wash denim, the truth is that in NSW alone, there are more than 10, 500 people living with HIV.

Bobby Goldsmith Foundation (BGF) is Australia’s longest-running HIV charity. Founded in 1984, BGF undertakes a range of support and interventions that address key determinants of poor health outcomes for people living with HIV (PLHIV) – i.e. long-term social and economic poverty.

To raise money to help these people and their families, the first BGF Bake Off was held in 1987.

This year marks the 30th and FINAL BGF Bake Off. The event will be held on Sunday, 10 September 2017, upstairs at The Beresford Hotel and this year’s theme is Throwback to the 80s which acknowledges the event’s heritage.

BGF Bake Off is a wacky, colourful, community-focused event, where professional and amateur bakers can enter their baked delights in 6 categories being best cake, best decorated, best professional creation, tart and pies, preserves and fete baking. This fun-filled afternoon culminates in an auction where the winning cakes are auctioned off along with some amazing donated prizes.

Judges and panellists will include Claire de Lune (aka Marc Kuzma), Director and Executive Chef of Claire’s Kitchen at le Salon, Darlinghurst. Lauren Eldridge joins the team as former Head Pastry Chef at Marque, Surry Hills. the gorgeous Christina Batista, who was a runner up contestant in Masterchef 2013 and has supported BGF since 2014, will also be ready to rise like a soufflé to the occasion. And a particularly special guest will be Mark Olive (aka the ‘Black Olive’), Australia’s most celebrated and renowned Indigenous chef and host of The Outback Café series.

Aunty Mavis, Joyce Mange and the hilarious Adam Richards will be hosting the afternoon with lots of laughs and some quirky performances. Guests will be entertained with 80’s hits from DJ Mark Alsop MA15+.

During the afternoon guests can take a spin on the chocolate wheel, buy tickets in the raffle, enter the lolly guessing competition or get in the groove by entering the best 80’s dress-up competition – all with fabulous prizes up for grabs. On sale will be delicious cupcakes courtesy of the renowned Black Velvet, Darlinghurst.