Quickly becoming one of Latrobe’s biggest summer celebrations, we’re so excited to host the second annual Banana Split Festival coming up in August! This is an all-American family celebration designed to honor Latrobe as the birthplace of the world-famous banana split. With block parties, cupcake contests, sock-hops, and galas as part of the festival, it’s going to be a sweet summer in the Neighborhood!

Banana Split Since 1904, the banana split has been a hit with ice cream fans around the world given its rich and eclectic flavors. Working as a soda jerk for Tassell Pharmacy on Ligonier Street, David Strickler used his creative talents to invent a one-of-a-kind treat for a local college student who entered the store looking for something “different.” News of this culinary delight quickly spread to the students of St. Vincent College who were willing to pay 10 cents (nearly double the normal cost of an ice cream sundae) for this delicious creation.  Latrobe went bananas over the split, and eventually the popularity became an international sensation.  The one-hundredth birthday was celebrated in 2004, and we’re thrilled to be able to hold exciting festivities to commemorate this delectable historical invention!

With last year’s events being a huge success, there’s no doubt this year will be just as great. Starting off the festivities will be our block party which will be held on August 19. This open air event will take place on Ligonier Street and will feature live music, a DIY Banana Split Bar, and special guests Malt Shop Marty and Dairy Queen Dean. The top two winners from our Cupcake Wars contest will also be at the party to reveal their two hundred cupcake display! Everyone in the neighborhood is welcome to attend this event, so join us as we kick off our festivities! Icecream

Another great event that we will be holding is our Pop-the-Cork on Thursday, August 21. Naturally, the night’s theme will be banana splits, and the DIY Bar will be back! Wine and banana splits … perfect combination! Our neighbors from the Medicine Shoppe will also be joining us to share some of their cool new products, such as Simple Sugars Scrubs, Milk-house Candies, and samples from their new dessert line. Proceeds from the event will go towards sponsoring Faith in Action, making this event not only a great evening with friends, but a contribution towards a great cause.

Our Yellow Tie Gala on August 22 is going to be a blast, with Malt Shop Marty and Dairy Queen Dean joining us again for a formal evening full of music, friends, and of course, banana splits! The winner from Cupcake Wars will be announced and guests will be able to sample the innovative creations. The WCCC Band with direction of Dr. Roderick Booker will be back by popular demand, having been a huge success at last year’s festivities as well as our Big Band Night in June. Tickets are required, but heavy hors d’oevres and drinks will be provided. This is an evening not to be missed!
Check out what else we have planned by looking at our dates to remember below. Latrobe is a special community full of great neighbors, so join us as we celebrate an exceptional town with a prominent (and delicious) heritage!

Dates to Remember    
Tuesday, August 19 – Cupcake Wars Block Party- Winner Announced
6pm – 9pm        Free to Public

Spend the evening with Malt Shop Marty as the Top 2 bakeries will reveal their 200 Cupcake Display. The Judges will have one final tasting and the public will be invited to sample cupcakes, banana splits, and smoothies. Ligonier Street will be blocked off for the evening and filled with live music, hula hoop contests, bubble gum contest, the limbo and more! It’s a fun family evening for all!

Wednesday, August 20- Gone Banana’s Painting Workshop for Kid                                                                                     10am – 12pm      $15 Non-Members; $10 Members

Spend the morning painting the banana split AND eating the banana split! The children will learn how to draw this delicious sundae and then will paint it. Afterwards, they will create their OWN sundae to EAT! Fun morning for everyone!

Call 724-537-7011 or Stop in to RSVP!!

Thursday, August 21- Pop the Cork Night “Banana Split Theme”                                                                                           BYOB Event  6pm – 8pm        $35.00 per person

Paint with one hand…drink & eat banana splits! Proceeds benefit Laurel Faith in Action. A Do It Yourself Banana Split Bar will be provided by Dairy Queen. The Medicine Shoppe will be showing their new RX Skin Therapy Care Lines in addition to Simple Sugar Scrub and Milk House Candles.

Call 724-537-7011 or Stop in to RSVP!!

Friday, August 22- Yellow Tie Gala featuring WCCC Band
6pm – 9pm        $40 Members; $50 Non-Members

Two Signature Cocktails, Wine, and Beer will be provided plus food by Mayrium’s Table. For dessert try a banana split cupcake by our Cupcake Wars winner and Do-It-Yourself Banana Split Bar provided by Dairy Queen Dean. Outside under the tent will be musical entertainmeYellowtiefrontnt by WCCC Jazz Band under the direction of Dr. Roderick Booker. Tables and chairs will be available to sit and listen to music and of course….DANCING IN THE STREET!!

Call 724-537-7011 or Stop in to RSVP!!

Saturday, August 23- Mimosa Bar & Banana Split Breakfast!                                                                                        9am-12pm         $10 Members; $15 Non- Members

Start your weekend off right with Mimosas, Banana Split French Toast, & more!! It will be one fun morning you won’t want to miss!!  For Kids- Non- Alcoholic Mimosa’s!!

Call to make your reservation: 724-537-7011

RSVP By August 20, 2014