With summer in full swing, we’ve begun our planning for the second annual Banana Split Festival to be held in August. This year, we’re hosting an exciting new event, Cupcake Wars!
We’ve invited over 30 bakeries from Westmoreland County and the Pittsburgh region to participate in a two round elimination challenge to find “THE” Signature Banana Split Cupcake. Contestants will use their creative talents to develop a cupcake that models the delicious flavor of Latrobe’s original banana split. With 8 ingredients to choose from, there are endless opportunities for each bakery to develop a unique and distinctive recipe. Three professional judges will rate each baker’s cupcake on qualities such as appearance, creativity, and naturally, one of a kind taste!
Joining us as the judges for the competition are three very skilled and well-rounded chefs – Linda Earnest, Myriam “Lisa” Houser, and Tammy Fuchs. Their unique talents and culinary passions will provide a diverse evaluation of each participant’s cupcake. For instance, Earnest’s background in traveling the country to explore the local foods of specific regions will allow her to compare the flavors of the contestant’s cupcakes to that of Latrobe’s original banana split recipe given her knowledge of local cuisines. Houser’s commitment to incorporating fresh and innovative ingredients into her dishes means she has a discerning taste for each component of the cupcake and the creative elements that went into producing it. As an executive pastry chef, Fuchs’s flair for designing one of a kind desserts means she’s perfect for analyzing the contestant’s presentation, as well as the innovative approach of each of the bakers. We are very excited to have these ladies as part of the competition, and we’re sure they’ll enjoy their task of finding “THE” Signature Banana Split!
This competition will consist of two rounds, the first of which will give every participant a chance to display their creation for the judges. Each judge will critique and rate the cupcake until only two bakers remain! The finale will be a block party sponsored by the center, where the top two will present their revised cupcakes based on the evaluations from the judges in the previous round. The finals decisions will then be made and the winner will be crowned as the Top Cupcake Creator! The champion will showcase their winning creation at our Yellow-Tie Gala and future community events.
In addition to being an exciting event, this is a wonderful opportunity for businesses to promote themselves and be part of the growing neighborhood. The champion will win a signature spot on our website which will highlight their cupcake and business, as well as have the opportunity to market them at our Neighborhood Café. We are really looking forward to this event, and are excited to share some great times with some wonderful businesses!
DATES TO REMEMBER
Deadline to Register: July 22, 2014
- NO FEE REQUIRED, HOWEVER, YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER
- PLEASE MAIL OR E-MAIL CUPCAKE REGISTRATION FORM ON OR BEFORE JULY 22ND
Round 1: August 5, 2014 – 11AM-2PM
- JUDGES WILL TASTE THE CUPCAKES AND NARROW IT DOWN TO THE TOP 2
- CONTESTANTS ARE TO BRING 1 DOZEN CUPCAKES
Round 2: August 19, 2014 – Cupcake War Block Party – 6PM-9PM
- - THE TOP 2 WILL REVEAL THEIR 200 CUPCAKE DISPLAY
- JUDGES WILL HAVE ONE FINAL TASTING
- MALT SHOP MARTY WILL ANNOUNCE THE WINNER
- THE PUBLIC WILL BE INVITED AND LIVE MUSIC & FOOD WILL BE AVAILABLE
- SPECIAL APPEARANCES BY LAC PINK LADIES, MALT SHOP MARTY, DAIRY QUEEN DEAN, AND MORE!
Save the Dates:
The Great American Banana Split Festival is happening again this summer. The following events are happening at the Latrobe Art Center. Please save the dates and watch for details and times.
- Tuesday, August 19 – Banana Split Block Party
- Wednesday, August 20 -Gone Banana’s Painting Workshop for Kids
- Thursday, August 21- Pop the Cork Night “Banana Split Theme”
- Friday, August 22- Yellow Tie Gala featuring WCCC Band
- Saturday, August 23 – Banana Breakfast @ LAC
More information to follow!