Some of the contestants had been baking since they were kids, others for only a couple of years.
Most bake only for family and friends, and many had never entered a baking competition before.
It took a British TV show to bring these 33 amateur bakers from across the region together in the spirit of friendly competition this past weekend in Willow Street.
On Saturday, the competitors filled tables in several rooms of the Cultural Center at Willow Valley Communities with intricate cakes and savory pies, shortbread and scones, decadent chocolate bites and mini cupcakes.
In conjunction with its sneak-peek screening of the first episode of “The Great British Baking Show’s” new season, public TV station WITF organized the contest, called the Star Baker Awards. It was named for the honor the winning British bakers receive on the show.
Bakers from Lancaster County and other parts of the region competed in four categories, named after the challenges on the British baking competition show: both sweet and savory “signature treats” — presented in sample sizes for tasting by the public — and sweet and savory “showstoppers” that concentrated on their dishes’ overall presentation.
Their treats were prepared ahead of time, for display and tasting by a panel of judges.
LNP Media Group, publisher of LNP, was one of the co-sponsors of the competition.