You’d expect people to retreat and recover post any big festival. But when you have an irresistibly inspiring baker visiting your country…

The year has been a buzz with amazing events hosted by The British Council as Connect/ZA, of every art form, and since my other love is music #futuremusicza (the culmination of an electronic music exchange) makes me really excited.

Another massive explosion is the Spier Secret Festival, a weekend of inspiration, food dreams and parties in your mouth. With speakers from local and abroad, workshops, pop-up dinners, a market and all-round jollification. This year the festival was in its third year and took place at Spier Wine Farm on 25 and 26 October.

When Hannerie Visser, mastermind and driving force behind the Spier Secret Festival, mailed me to host a Baking Jam in collaboration with Lily, I read the mail past midnight, post-service at the restaurant I’m apprenticing at. At first I didn’t believe my eyes.

Lily presented a workshop at the Spier Secret Festival courtesy of The British Council. What really made me excited for this jam besides it being all things sweet, is that Lily is self-taught from the school of Youtube, and her work is just like she is – honest, out-of-the-box and ridiculously good-looking.

Thanks to Zaid of Connect/ZA and Hannerie Visser for creating a day where we really could “rather fall in chocolate, than fall in love”, to Mpumelelo Macu for the photographs and to everyone for coming! The best of luck to Lily – she’s off to Australia to open a bakery and then to India for the next adventure.

Here’s a little taste – for more photographs check out the album here.