Posted on August 28 2018
The Australia Day Council of South Australia is supported by many generous sponsors who share our vision to celebrate who we are as a nation and the things that unite us; our inclusiveness, our diversity and our shared values. In this blog post, we would like to share some exciting news from one of our beloved partners, Kytons Bakery.
Whether it’s buying chunks of cake from the Adelaide Central Market, making lamingtons from the “lamington kit” in church halls or just consuming piles of hot cross buns or lamingtons from the school fundraiser, Kytons is part of so many South Australians’ special memories.
2018 marks a milestone in Kytons history – 80 years of baking quality products for South Australians….and the Royal Show offers the perfect venue to celebrate with the South Australian public who have enjoyed Kytons products for three generations.
And what’s a birthday without a cake? There will be an official cutting of an 80th Lamington (of course) birthday cake on Monday 3rd September at 1.30pm at the Kytons stand in the Taste SA pavilion. The cake designers from Edible Blooms will be creating the cake using Kytons lamingtons and their wonderful creative talents and the celebration will be attended by The Honorable Tim Whetstone, Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Kytons staff past and present, Kytons mascot Larry the Lamington and some other special lamington loving guests.
Kytons has also produced a “make your own” lamington kit to celebrate their 80th year that will be available to purchase at the Kytons stand in the Taste SA Pavilion. The kit contains sponge cake, dry “secret recipe” chocolate mix and coconut to give everyone a chance to try their hand at making lamingtons at home and celebrates the way Kytons lamington drives used to run back in the 1980s. We will be demonstrating how to use this fun kit throughout the week and media are welcome to come along and take a lesson from the Kytons staff at making their own lamingtons any time during the Show.
The kit celebrates the way Kytons lamington fundraisers were made back in the 1980s – when rather than receiving their lamingtons already packaged as they do today, groups were originally supplied with trays of sponge cake, a giant ruler, serrated knife, the secret chocolate dip and a bucket of coconut. The groups then made their own lamingtons for their fundraising drives. Stories of rows of trestle tables lined up in church and school halls, chocolate and coconut everywhere and some very messy hands and clothes are frequently heard when customers reminisce about this fun time in Kytons history.
Kytons will also be selling their packs of mini lamingtons for the first time ever at the Show, after they were launched earlier this year, as well as traditional and flavoured lamingtons and Christmas products.
A Brief Kytons History
Starting in 1938 as a bakehouse supplying the then owner’s café, Kytons has evolved through the decades – having a busy stall in the Adelaide Central Market from the 1940s to1980s, concentrating almost exclusively on fundraising from the mid 1980s to 2000s, then widening its scope to now be available in independent supermarkets and selected Woolworths across South Australia.
The last twelve months has also seen Kytons engage a distributor in NSW to expand the Kytons brand beyond SA borders and the introduction of the Mini Lamingtons (better cake to chocolate ratio as has been pointed out by many people!).
Kytons has become one of SA’s most recognised food brands – most famous for its multi-award winning lamingtons, fruit filled hot cross buns and decadent Christmas puddings.
It is the community fundraising Kytons is best known for and the area of the business that owners Darren and Sharon Sutton (owners since 2003) are most proud. “Each year hundreds of schools, community and sporting groups raise thousands of dollars through Kytons Easter, winter, lamington and Christmas fundraisers,” says Sharon Sutton, “so over 30 years that adds up to millions of dollars Kytons has helped contribute to the South Australian community. We’re very proud of that - we’re part of people’s childhood memories!”
All of Kytons products are made at their factory at Edwardstown, where the public can also buy Kytons goodies direct at the Kytons retail store.
Learn more about Kytons Bakery - www.kytonsbakery.com.au