Get your mixing bowls and wooden spoons out folks because the 20th Annual Sportsman Hotel Charity Bake Off & Auction is just around the corner!

To be held Sunday 23 August, the bake off and auction is always one of the most enjoyable events on Brisbane’s LGBT calendar and each year raises much needed funds for local LGBT community services that do not receive any government support.


The day works like this: People enter their baked delights, craftware etc into a competition before lunch, the judges go crazy sampling the goodies and awarding $7000 worth of prizes across the categories. Then everything is auctioned off later that afternoon along with a number of desirable items donated by local businesses with the money going to really worthwhile causes, which this year will be PFLAG & The Australian Transgender Support Association QLD. There are also great raffle prizes to be won, entertainment and a whole lot of fun thrown in.

Sportsman Hotel owner Neil McLucas told QNews that he and the Sporties team couldn’t be prouder when they think about how much money the bake off has raised for the community over the last 20 years.

It’s really quite an achievement that the bake off has been able to be so successful for so long,” Mr McLucas said.

“Of course that success is really down to our amazing patrons who have always dug deep on the day to support all of the community groups, and of course the businesses which year after year blow us away with their generosity. And, finally the man who has been integral in holding the day together over many years is our auctioneer Paul Kratzmann who will be volunteering his time yet again this year.”

The categories for this year’s bake off are: Death By Chocolate, Condiments, Pickles & Preserves, Breads, Desserts Rich & Famous, Cakes of all shapes & sizes, Needlework, and Arts & Crafts.

The Sportsman Hotel Annual Charity Bake Off and Auction will be held Sunday 23 August. Doors open at 10am with entries needing to be submitted by 2:00pm. Judging is scheduled to begin at 3:00pm.

Entry is by gold coin donation with proceeds going to the PFLAG and the Australian Transgender Support Association QLD (ATSAQ).