Baking students’ holiday sale draws ‘sweet’ response from shoppers

Everyone was “dashin’ through the store” to fill their baskets with cleverly-decorated gingerbread men, hand-made chocolates and Christmas goodies galore Nov. 21.

SAIT’s annual Christmas bake sale, which is planned by first-year students of the Customer Relationship Management course and features the creations of students in the Baking and Pastry program, once again a large, enthusiastic crowd.

More than 100 people came out for the sale, in The Marketplace in the John Ware Building.

“The bake sale has been going on at the Baking and Pastry Arts program for about the last 20 years,” says Rose Warden, baking and pastry arts instructor.

Every year a new theme is picked, and this year it was “Stachin’ Through the Snow”  to recognize Movember and the cause of men’s health, she said.

This is the first year there will be two bake sales, and “Stachin’ Through the Snow,” was the opening event, Warden said.

The second and biggest Christmas bake sale will happen at The Market Place on Thursday, Dec. 12  between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Cookies, cakes, caramel popcorn, mustache-shaped cookies, stollens and numerous other products were beautifully displayed throughout the market. Shopping baskets filled quickly as eager shoppers prowled the store.

“Stollens are quite a popular product here at SAIT,” says Warden.

According to a Wikipedia entry, a stollen is a fruit cake containing dried fruit and often marzipan and covered with sugar, powdered sugar or icing sugar.

All the products in the sale were made by first and second-year baking and pastry arts students, Warden said.

“The items are made from scratch with love from the students.

“It is a wonderful spotlight of the talent of our students in the culinary arts program,” she said.

The reaction of customers was, uhh, sweet.

It’s great food, it’s wonderful sweets, and great presents. – Maxine McDowall

“It’s great food, it’s wonderful sweets, and great presents,” says Maxine McDowall, with Corporate Communications at SAIT.

Michelle Balko, a petroleum engineering technology student, attended the bake sale for her first time and said “there is a good array of products.”


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As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Rahima Anwar Khan worked as a reporter for The Press during the 2013-2014 academic year.