Newcastle City Library serves up chance to learn from the master with Cakeboi book launch

07 Nov 2022

Novocastrians are used to City of Newcastle dishing up a great range of events across the Libraries network, but November's upcoming book signing quite literally takes the cake.

Hamilton business owner and MasterChef Australia favourite Reece Hignell will launch his first cookbook at Newcastle City Library on 19 November with a delicious high tea and "cake off".

City of Newcastle Director Museum Archive Libraries & Learning, Julie Baird, Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes, Cakeboi owner and cookbook author Reece Hignell and Councillor Carol Duncan prepare for the Cakeboi - Cake Off! high tea and book launch at Newcastle City Library this month.

The mouth-watering free event will give fans of Hamilton's "Cakeboi" the chance to learn a little more about Newcastle's rich baking history, savour some of Reece's top tips and sample a few of his favourite recipes.

Councillor Carol Duncan and Timberlina will join in the fun, helping Reece decorate a velvet cake masterpiece while discussing his new book, Cakeboi: A Collection of Classic Bakes, which provides step-by-step instructions on how to make the heirloom desserts passed down from his beloved Nan.

Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the city's libraries deliver a diverse program of free events and exhibitions to educate, entertain and enhance the experience of visiting your local branch.

"From supporting local authors with book launches and signings to collaborating with the community on art exhibitions and local history displays, our network of libraries provide a wonderful range of opportunities for lifelong learning and social and community connections," Cr Nelmes said.

"I look forward to learning the secrets to cake baking success from Reece, who is not only a whiz in the kitchen but is also a passionate advocate for Newcastle and a wonderful ambassador for our city through his work with the Hamilton Business Improvement Association."

The Cakeboi - Cake Off! high tea and book launch will be held from 1pm to 3pm at Newcastle City Library on Saturday 19 November. Entry is free however tickets are limited so registrations are required.

Fans will also have the chance to meet Reece at a separate book signing at Wallsend Library from 2pm to 3.30pm on Sunday 20 November. Copies of the cookbook will be available for purchase directly from Reece on both days.

Visit newcastle.nsw.gov.au/library for more details.