The Bake Sale is a hugely popular part of the Fair and amazingly sells out every year. We couldn't do it without the help of the amazing CIS community and the wonderful bakers: mums, dads and kids! Here we speak to Carrie Seto and Lisa Ma who are heading up the Bake Sale this year.
Hi ladies! Thank you for volunteering! Tell us a bit about yourselves and why you volunteered for the Bake Sale!
Lisa and Carrie has been friends since 1996 (we’re both CIS alumni from class of ’00!) From college to starting a career and our own families, we’ve both been there to support one another through the good times and the bad. This is what makes CIS a great community – the friends you make here are for life!
Carrie was involved in the Bake Sale last year and was asked to participate in the Bake Sale this year again. Lisa’s older son, Lucas, has just joined reception this year and being a new CIS parent, is eager to be involved in the CIS community, so we immediately joined forces to volunteer for the Bake Sale. It’s a big responsibility as it is such a big part of the Fair, but hey, who doesn’t like to be surrounded by baked goods and sweets all day?
The Bake Sale has to be one of the highlights of the Fair. What kind of items do you have at the stall and which are the most popular?
We have everything from cakes, cupcakes, cookies, pies, brownie, muffins… And it’s not all about sweets, there are savory items too! The CIS community is certainly a talented bunch! Everything is popular as we always sell out but the brownies, chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes seem to be particular favourites. Over the recent years more and more people have been looking for healthier choices such as granola, or alternative diets such as vegan and gluten free items. We have a section dedicated to these specialist diets too!
There are donations from professional bakeries too?
Yes there are! Make sure you come early because the goods sell fast! In previous years we have had donations from Tai Tai Pie Pies, Sift and more!
Where is your stall?
Our stall is located at the entrance of the parking lot, so come grab a mid-morning snack when you arrive, or stock up on baked goods just before you leave (if there’s anything left!!). If you buy a large amount of items you can even leave it with us for pickup later. Our stall will also include the lemonade stand, and situated next to a small café area where you can grab a cup of coffee of tea to enjoy with your baked goods.
How can people volunteer to contribute or sell items on the day?
If you are interested to donate or help out with the bake sale, please take a look here. And don’t forget, we welcome all parents, teachers, students and alumni to help and support! Even if you’re not much of a baker, come sign up and help to sell!
What is your favourite part of the Fair?
Our favourite part of the Fair is definitely being able to spend time at the school with our friends and families, see familiar faces from teachers to old classmates to meeting new friends, young and old. There’s always something for everyone at the Fair and the atmosphere is wonderful. The CIS community is really like one big family.