Whether your love of baking is getting hands on in the kitchen or simply devouring the results, you’ll find plenty to enjoy at The Cake and Bake Show at Manchester Central, 5-7 April. Described as ‘the UK’s biggest experimental event dedicated to all things baking’, there’s plenty going on, with live bake-offs, a fashion-themed cake competition and ‘Toppings Tables’, where you can decorate your own cakes or cookies. Plus enjoy talks and tips from celebrities such as Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, and peruse the huge array of artisan produce available at the marketplace. Find out more by clicking the link below.

Become a MasterChef

Whether you want to brush up on basics or get to grips with expert techniques, this book covers it all. Find over 120 recipes, from simple starters to elaborate dinners, plus useful tips.

MasterChef Cookery course, £13 (RRP £26) available in store from 1 April.

The Twitter food revolution

With the Twitter 100 list of the most influential tweeters announced in early spring, we got thinking about the meteoric effect tweeting has had on the food world. Just ordered wasabi-flavoured ice cream? You can tell everyone about it before it’s even melted on your spoon. We’re challenging ourselves to squeeze recipes into 140 characters, like these celebs have done*. Share your tweet eats at @MorrisonsMag.

Gok Wan’s congee
250g rice, 2.5l H2O. All in pan – bring 2 boil, simmer 4 40 mins, don’t burn.
Serve & add peanuts/soy/dried prawns/spring onion/chilli!

Liz McClarnon’s pork & veg kebabs
Cube 500g pork + 2tbsp oil, lemon, oregano, s&p – marinate. Thread pork on skewers w/peppers & courgette, brush w/marinade. Grill till brown

Cilla Black’s honey cake
Oven 140c. 225g butter, 250g honey & 100g dark musco sugar: melt, boil 1min, cool. +3eggs & 300g sifted SR flour. bake 50min. Glaze w/honey

*Recipes taken from Tweet Pie: The World’s Shortest Celebrity Recipe Book

Plants that perform

Did you know that a number of Morrisons plants have recently won awards from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)? Six varieties in the cottage garden perennial range won the Award of Garden Merit for plants that are readily available, healthy and reasonably resistant to pests and diseases. These are:

  • achillea ptarmica ‘the pearl’
  • geum Lady Stratheden
  • geum Mrs Bradshaw
  • primula vialii
  • trollius goldkonigin
  • verbena bonariensis

Meanwhile another six plants in the wildlife gardener range won the Perfect for Pollinators award for attracting and supporting pollinating insects:

  • centaurea montana
  • penstemon picotee red
  • echinops blue globe
  • eupatorium maculatum pink
  • fragaria woodland strawberry
  • agastache golden jubilee

Time to get planting! All of these award-winning plants are available in store now.

Dates for your diary

21 April - The Queen’s 87th birthday

Today is also the 33rd running of the London Marathon.

23 April - St George’s day
Grab your own knight in shining armour. Dragon optional.

3 OF THE BEST… spring food festivals

Porthleven ‘Sourced from the Sea’ Food Festival, Cornwall
20 April
More than a food festival, this free family day out includes live bands, buskers, dancers and a circus skills workshop. Antony Worrall Thompson & Jack Stein of The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow are among the celeb chefs demonstrating.  Find out more click below.

The London Coffee Festival, Old Truman Brewery, London
25-28 April
Watch world-class barista demonstrations, enjoy live music, visit the brew bar for your chance to taste great coffees, and graze your way through artisan food at street markets at this vibrant coffee and gourmet food culture festival.

Festival of South West Food and Drink, Exeter
26-28 April
Discover world-class West Country food and drink from over 100 local food producers. Families can get hands on with masterclasses and workshops in the ‘food is fun’ teepees, or dance the night away at the after-dark party nights. For more information and how to book tickets click below.