The countdown is on for the Home Cooking Show and Cake, Bake & Sweets Show at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). Kicking off on 5 July until 7 July, 2024, these events promise a weekend packed with food galore, expert demonstrations, and hands-on workshops.

These shows offer a unique opportunity for food enthusiasts to explore and sample an extensive range of new food products and drinks. Also included are live demonstrations from some of the brightest stars in the culinary world, including popular personalities like @tigga_mac, @dimsimlim, the Twindians—Radha & Prabha—last year’s MKR winners, David Tan from Masterchef, and other notable chefs like Monica Cavallaro, Catherine Zhang, Bridget Forehan, and Cas Watene.

Highlights include the Super Theatre, the Creative Kitchen Stage, and the Cake Decorating Stage, where top industry professionals will share their secrets and techniques.

In addition to these main attractions, the shows feature specialised areas such as Wine & Cheese Alley and the Flavours of the World Stage, where chefs will present authentic multicultural cuisines. Home cooks can also participate in a thrilling ‘mystery box challenge,’ adding a competitive edge to the event.

For those seeking a more personalised experience, the Make & Take classes and Hands-On Workshops provide an excellent opportunity to learn new skills and leave with a delicious creation. The Art of Cake Competition offers a visual feast, with a cake maze showcasing the talents of Australia’s best cake decorators, who will compete for cash prizes and sponsored gifts.

The Sweet & Savoury Marketplace is another must-visit area, featuring a range of treats from renowned vendors such as Yummy Cannoli, The Confectionist, Gotham Donuts, Juicello, Twista Bros, Local Brewing Co, Rewine, and Got Cakey. 

Throughout the weekend, attendees can participate in competitions and giveaways, with prizes including Kenwood Appliances, food hampers, and cookbooks. The Cake, Bake and Sweets Show auction will also take place, where visitors can bid on impressive Art of Cake creations. General admission fee starts at just $19.