Last year was the first year for this event and I had a lot of fun volunteering for it. More than 600 cupcake enthusiasts attended, almost 3400 cupcakes were donated, and over $2000 was raised for Ottawa-based non-profit organization Woman Alive/Femme Active Program. Check out the Flickr pool from the event.
Now it's time for the second year of this event: Capital CupcakeCamp 2.0
The massive sugar rush returns Sunday, September 26, 2010. This time, with a larger venue, more cupcakes, and more people.
This year, proceeds will be shared between Woman Alive/Femme Active Program and the Youth Services Bureau.
Here's how it works:
Event-wise, bakers bring 24 cupcakes of any one flavour to Ottawa City Hall (110 Laurier Avenue W.) at 11:30 am. There, they will be put on display for tasters who will arrive at 1:00 pm. Tasters will roam around the City Atrium and trade in tickets for cupcakes. Bakers will have the opportunity to address the crowd. Competitive bakers can enter cupcakes in a contest that will be judged by celebrity Ottawa judges.
For the contest, there is a PRO Category. If you make money from your food creations (cupcakes or otherwise), organizers ask you register as a PRO. PRO winners have the right to use the "2010 Winner" logo.
- Most Amazingly Decorated
- Best Filling in a Cupcake
- Best Vegan
- Tastiest Twist on a Traditional
- Best Savoury Cupcake
- Best Overall
- Best Decorated
- Most Original
- Executive Chef Michael Blackie of the NAC's Le Cafe (53 Elgin Street) and Host of Food Network Canada's Chef Off!
- Junior Pastry Chef Lynne Frappier of The Whalesbone Oyster House (430 Bank Street) and local food blogger
- Alan Neal of CBC Radio 1's All in a Day
- Kady O'Malley of CBC Inside Politics
The event will be hosted by China Doll of Shanghai Restaurant (651 Somerset Street W.).
Registration has already opened for bakers and tasters, via eventbrite.
Amateur baker tickets are $5/each and come with 4 complementary tasting tickets. PRO baker tickets are $20/each and also come with 4 complementary tasting tickets. Tasting tickets are $10.
Tasters will exchange their eventbrite ticket for 4 cupcake tickets, which entitles them to a minimum of 4 cupcakes. That is, with one caveat. Should you prefer not to gorge yourself with cupcakes in one sitting, bring a box or Tupperware that fits 4 cupcakes for takeaway.
Milk and coffee will be served. Milk was graciously donated by Cochrane's Dairy and the Flour Shoppe (617 Bank Street). Coffee was graciously donated by Ten Thousand Villages.
- To register as a baker or a taster, click here for the eventbrite site.
- For the media release, click here.
- To get the latest on Capital CupcakeCamp follow @capitalcupcake on Twitter or join the Capital CupcakeCamp Facebook Group.
Credit for this post goes to Don from foodiePrints.