Bakers Journal

Register now for Bakery Showcase 2024

February 1, 2024
By Bakers Journal

Artisan baking, education and cutting-edge technology, ingredients and services will come together at Bakery Showcase May 5-6 in Toronto. Register now!

Bakery Showcase promises to be a beehive of activity for the baking industry. Here is a sneak peek of what – and who! – you’ll find at this key industry networking, learning and shopping event.


Baking Association of Canada Annual General Meeting and Meet-and-Greet

Find out what the hardworking BAC has been up to on your behalf and meet board members over morning coffee!

Update on BAC Food Policy and Sustainability Committee

The Baking Association of Canada’s Food Policy and Sustainability Committee will provide an information-packed update on their advocacy activities on behalf of the BAC members in the baking industry.

Culture Talk: Celebrating Diversity with Up-and-Comers in Canadian Baking, sponsored by FCC

Chef Tammy Maki of Raven Rising Global Indigenous Chocolates in Sudbury, Ont., and Maria Janchenko of Janchenko’s Bakery in Toronto, are among panellists who will share cultural insights, values, and community experiences shaping their baking businesses. We’ll hear about moments and decisions that helped launch signature products, and how they contribute to the expanding consumer appetite, palate and tastes. Join us as we explore a definition of success that goes beyond a healthy bottom line.

Q-and-A: Transitioning Your Bakery to the Next Generation

Get ready for an in-depth conversation with Tabitha Langel and Ryan Stoesz of Tall Grass Prairie Bakery in Winnipeg and discover their unique path to making the transition of ownership of this beloved and constantly evolving bakery business.

Panel: Strategies for Facing Adversity

Change is inevitable in any industry. Many factors affecting your bakery’s operation and future are out of your control. Successful bakery owners will share their experiences of overcoming adversity and continuing to thrive. Gain insights on how to control what you CAN change, plan ahead, and make your business, your team and yourself resilient. Panellists will be Dufflet Rosenberg, Dufflet’s Pastries; Joseph Montinaro, Dolcini by Joseph and West Finch Bakery; and Tom Mattes, Del’s Pastry.

Panel: Careers in Baking Panel and Networking

Celebrity Chef Anna Olson joins us as we delve into unique careers in baking whether it be through an artisan bakery, a large industrial bakery or an unconventional career path. ! Students and aspiring entrepreneurs looking to enter the baking industry will have a chance to ask questions and talk with bakery owners, managers and other professionals . Join us!

Panel: Artisan Baking Into the Future

A diverse group of bakers dedicated to the preservation of artisan baking techniques and the cultivation of high-quality ingredients will explore the future of artisan baking. Panellists will be Karen Bornarth, Executive Director, Bread Bakers Guild of America (moderator); Simon Blackwell, Owner, Blackbird Bakery, Toronto; Issa Niemeijer-Brown, Owner and Founder, Gebroeders Niemeijer, Amsterdam; and Dawn Woodward, Co-Owner, Evelyn’s Crackers, Toronto.


Kneading, Folding and Shaping: The Development of Flavour

Issa Niemeijer-Brown, founder of Gebroeders Niemeijer, Amsterdam, will present a lively demonstration.

Innovation in Pizza

Chef Ali Isitmezoglu of Pizza Boat of Burlington, Ont., placed third at the Canadian Pizza Chef of the Year Competition in 2023 with a Turkish/Mediterranean style pizza crust (pide). Watch Chef Ali and owner Yesim Erkus prepare this unique boat-shaped crust and enjoy samples!

The Art of the Seasonal Fruit Tart with Pastry Chef Joanne Yolles

Seasonal fruit tarts are Joanne Yolles’ favourite things to make and eat! Follow along with this creative, groundbreaking pastry chef as she demonstrates techniques for making the different components of a seasonal fruit tart and shows you how to put it all together with a flourish! Enjoy delicious samples!

Dawn “My Canada” Student Cake Competition

In this unique competition, organized in collaboration with the Baking Association of Canada, and sponsored by Dawn, college-level baking and pastry students will illustrate what Canada means to them by presenting a themed, tiered cake and plated dessert to be finished a la minute! Students may highlight any aspect(s) of Canadian regional foods, ingredients and culture. Experience the creativity of the next generation of professional bakers!


Baking Association of Canada Ontario Chapter dinner and social event

The BAC is planning an entertaining and relaxing social event giving bakers, instructors, manufacturers, suppliers and all involved in the baking industry a chance to connect and spark lasting relationships.


Official Opening

At 11 a.m. at the trade show entrance, Honourable Rechie Valdez, Federal Minister of Small Business, will join the BAC in opening Bakery Showcase!

International Visitors Meet-and-Greet

From 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., international attendees are invited to join members of the Baking Association of Canada in the Visitors Lounge for networking opportunities and a tour of the show.

Meet the Celebrity Authors!

Come to the BAC booth to meet celebrity chefs Anna Olson and Issa Niemeijer-Brown and get your copy of their latest books signed while talking all things baking!

Anna Olson may be Canada’s baking sweetheart but she’s an accomplished savoury chef as well, and with her positive and common-sense approach in the kitchen, she has become one of the country’s most recognizable television chefs. Anna has appeared for two decades on The Marilyn Denis Show and Food Network Canada shows like “Bake with Anna Olson” and “Great Chocolate Showdown.” Her Oh Yum YouTube channel, which now has over 1.4 million subscribers, features her classic content, livestreams and fresh series such as “Food Travel Diaries.” An expert in writing recipes with a practical sense, her work appears in magazines and best-selling cookbooks. Anna’s newest cookbook, Anna Olson’s Baking Wisdom: The Complete Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Make You a Better Baker became an instant bestseller upon release in 2023, and her previous book, “Baking Day,” received a gold medal at the Taste Canada cook-book awards.

Issa Niemeijer-Brown, cofounder and owner of Gebroeders Niemeijer bakery in Amsterdam has just published A Book About Bread: A Baker’s Manual in English! Be one of the first to snag a copy of this artisan must-read and winner of a Gourmand Award Gourmand World Cookbook Award in the Bakery Pro category that’s been called exceptional, surprising, accessible and clear.

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