The idea for the COB Loaf Festival came from combining the words for its namesake location – Cameron Park on Bell River or simply, COB. You can read more about the origins of the COB Loaf Festival here.
Events named on the back of a pun have a rocky history, but if any town can pull it off it’s Wellington. Attracting the attention of Triple J, journalist at the Wellington Times, Elouise Hawkey was even tasked with entering a cob loaf based on a recipe shared by breakfast host Liam Stapleton’s mother Leanne.
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However it was the dessert cob loaf that stole the show. Created by Wellington Times journalist Elouise Hawkey from a specially-made chocolate-chip cob loaf and filled with a secret blend of Nutella, marshmallows and honeycomb – it was the so-called dessert cob that was voted people’s choice – by a fair margin.
Nyasa Holmes from Wellington was the winner of the judge’s award with her vegetarian take on a cob loaf.
The event was a roaring success, with 25 cob loaves entered by people from as far away as Victoria with many also being submitted by locals – even featuring Wellington produce.