Hostess with the mostess, Emma Tolliday is the founder of Sweetsalt Bakery, a gorgeous cafe on Fraser Street in East Van. Driven by a passion to fuel kids’ interests in baking, we asked Emma to share with us what she does and why she does it.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m married with three children, ages 8 to 14. I live in East Vancouver within walking distance of the bakery. I graduated from the baking and pastry program in 2015 at Vancouver Community College.
What is Sweetsalt Bakery’s mission?
Sweetsalt is a neighbourhood bakery with a focus on baking education for kids.
Tell us about the types of workshops you host.
I am currently hosting pie, cupcake and cookie classes and I will be adding regional and country specific baking workshops in the fall.
What do you love about teaching kids?
Kids are so enthusiastic about getting hands on experience. They haven’t formed any judgments or opinions. They are totally free to enjoy the experience.
How can baking help inspire creativity in kids?
Kids are able to be creative because they are more interested in the moment and what their input is going to create. As opposed to feeling like they are being graded or tested.
What inspires you?
The kids. I’m constantly thinking up new ways to improve their baking experience. I plan all of the workshops with several stages to keep them moving and engaged.
For The Love of Cupcakes workshop is happening on July 21, & 27 at 1:30pm. Tickets are $30/person. Sign up here!