Bakers Journal

VIU to delight with diverse demos at Bakery Showcase

March 1, 2023
By Bakers Journal

Top chefs and instructors from Vancouver Island University’s professional baking and pastry program will present demonstrations on beekeeping and the baker, bi-colour lamination and bespoke chocolate for attendees on Day 2 of Bakery Showcase in May.

Aron Weber, chair and instructor, will present “Beekeeping and the Baker: Sharing my insights and experience keeping bees as a pastry chef.” As part of the demo, Weber will craft a delicious dessert for sampling.

Pastry and baking instructor David Nolan will present what is sure to be a multi-layered, eye-catching demonstration, “Bi-Colour Lamination, Rose and Strawberry Croissants.”

Attendees will get an up-close look at bespoke chocolate through Ken Harper’s Chocolate: More than just Bean to Bar.” The pastry chef instructor will tell the story of how students helped made a custom chocolate for VIU’s Professional Baking and Pastry Arts Program.


“Making chocolate is a process that many, even those in the industry, may not fully understand,” Harper says. “Through the custom chocolate program of Cacao Barry called Or Noir, our students and faculty visited a factory outside of Paris, France, to create 500 kilograms of a unique chocolate only available and made especially for VIU.”

Attendees will be able to sample the chocolate and products made from it.

These are among many more demonstrations – including international flavours on pizza and sourdough – happening at Bakery Showcase May 14-15 in Vancouver.

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