Cupcake Crazy

Sooo good!

September 12th was the annual fair Cupcake Contest, and wow, did all the entries look delicious.  Contestants submitted their recipes in July, all of which were homemade with ingredients you can find at your local stores (Them’s the rules!).  On the big day, each contestant brought six delectable offerings for this year’s judges.

Regina Young, Marissa Ceja, Carlos Velesqez, and Laurie Brandler were our four distinguished experts for today’s event.  All four were beyond pleased to take part, and were full of smiles throughout the event.

Participants were graded on four different aspects, of varying importance:

  • Overall Taste                        40%
  • Originality/Creativity             30%
  • Appearance/Presentation     20%
  • Ease of preparation              10%

After sampling from each of the 11 contestants, the judges picked three outstanding examples of this culinary delight.

In 3rd place, with her light and fluffy Lemon Blueberry with Lemon Buttercream cupcake, is April Burton!

2nd place goes to Pepper Parker, with her scrumptious Banana Pudding cupcakes.

The coveted 1st place is awarded to Monine Zerby, for her Boozy Caramel Apple cupcake.  Need I say more?  All participants then began a cupcake trading bonanza, and who could blame them, with all of the entries looking so mouth watering?

If you think you have what it takes to be top baker here at the fair, check in online for next year’s entry forms.  Who knows, it could be you taking home that colorful Rosette with your cupcake supreme~!

 

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Get Your Entries in for America’s Kids

OK all you 18 years and younger artists, crafters, bakers, inventors and creators: you have less than two weeks to get your entry forms in for the L.A. County Fair’s America’s Kids’ competitions. Hurry now! We’re using snail mail and all entries must be postmarked on or before June 28. You know you want to win a blue ribbon!

If you haven’t decided what to enter, visit the competitions page at lacountyfair.com and check out the list of all the contests and competitions featured in America’s Kids. Only entry forms need to be in on or by June 28. Entry drop-off is July 21 for most contests. Some entries, like cakes for the creative cake competition, need to be dropped off the day of the respective contest so make sure you carefully read the rules for each contest you enter.

America’s Kids’ theme is A Living Library of Fun so most of the contests have a book or character  theme. Here are some of the ones I think sound cool:

  • Mystical, Magical Wizard Wands or Hats – inspired by Harry Potter of course, you get to decorate your own hat or wand. My hat, the one I wear when I’m blogging, has little Crookshanks all around the brim. You know, cuz I love cats.
  • Build a Tree House – if you are a fan of Jack and Annie and the Magic Tree House series, well, you’ve got this one.
  • Mythical Creature Creation – make a model of your favorite mythical creature. Yes, even a gnome. Although gnomes creep me out. My biggest fear is seeing that travel site gnome at the edge of my desk or outside my front door. Holy cow.
  • Family Recycled Robots – this one is for the whole family. Watched it live at last year’s Fair. Was great fun and the creativity rocked. Make a robot out of all-things recycled.
  • Family Talent Show – C’mon. A family sing of “Do-Re-Mi”? Or go fun retro and so something from the Jackson 5. Saw two sisters sing “Popular” from Wicked. Suuuuperb.

These are just a handful of the contests. So, hurry! Time’s running out. June 28!

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Deadlines Comin’ Up if You Want That Blue Ribbon

You think you make the best chocolate chip cookies in the world? Well, belly up to the baking bar and lay your recipe on the table. The deadlines to enter the many contests and competitions at the L.A. County Fair are coming up – so no more procrastinating! You know you like to brag. We all do. It’s human nature. So what better way to say my cookies/cake/quilt/enchiladas/hummus is/are better than yours than by winning a blue ribbon? And it’s a lovely blue, too. Goes with everything.

There are different deadlines for contests for Culinary Styles, Tapestry and America’s Kids so be sure to check our website but here is a brief run-down (and remember these are deadlines for entry forms. Read all the rules and regulations for each individual contest regarding delivery deadlines):

Tapestry – June 28, that’s for photography, pottery, arts and crafts, jewelry, quilting and other textile arts.

Tablescaping – July 22.

Culinary Styles – June 28 for preserved foods and Aug. 5 for baked food and confections and featured contests (chocolate chip cookies, brownie, best cheesecake, and new this year best hummus and tabbouleh).

America’s Kids – July 6.

Winning a blue ribbon – that should be one of the things on your bucket list. So stop reading now and enter!

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Yum! The 2010 All American Pie Contest – heaven in a pie pan

I don’t know about you, but I’ll take pie over cake any time, and covering the All American Pie contest earlier this week was pure mouth-watering heaven.

The contest was intense as judges lingered over each entry, taking just one more bite (two or three – wouldn’t you?) to make sure they picked the right winners. And they lingered, then lingered some more. The entries were that good!

Finally the ribbons were awarded and proud winners were photographed by friends and family (who could finally enjoy slices of their own).

Here they are:

2010 All American Pie - Custard Winners

BEST CUSTARD PIE (from left):
1) Jessica Kubel of Monrovia, Key Lime Pie
2) Emily Coffman of Moreno Valley, Roasted Acorn Squash and Apple Pie
3) Norma Barajas of Pasadena, Key Lime Pie

2010 All American Pie -- Cream Winners

BEST CREAM PIE (from left):
1) Peggy Linberg of Upland, Strawberry Cream Pie with a Triple Berry Layer
2) Marina Castle of North Hollywood,
Seven Layer Dulce de Leche-Peanut Butter Mousse Toffee Cream Pie;
3) Dawn-Michele Anaya of Whittier, Key Lime Pie.

2010 All American Pie -- Double Crust Fruit winners

BEST DOUBLE-CRUST FRUIT PIE (from left):
1) Rebecca Mourer of La Habra, Blueberry-Raspberry Pie
2) Robin van Geest of Norco, Caramel Apple Pie
3) Avis N. Mitchell of Fontana, Avis’ Hot Apple Pie.

And there’s more food contest action to meet any appetite in Culinary Styles (you’ll find that in the Grandstand). Don’t miss these, bon appetit!

Cupcake Baking Contest: Saturday, Sept. 11, 1 p.m.
European Pastry Contest: Sunday, Sept. 12, 1 p.m.
Tamale! Tamale! Tamale!: Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1 p.m.
Enchilada Contest: Wednesday, Sept. 15, 4 p.m.
The Perfect Guacamole and Salsa Dip Contest: Wednesday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m.
Run for the Fair Contest: Thursday, Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m.
Fleischmann’s Yeast Bake for the Cure Baking Contest: Friday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m.
Ghirardelli Chocolate Championship: Saturday, Sept. 18, 1 p.m.
Blue Ribbon Chocolate Chip Cookie & Brownie Contest: Saturday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m.
Big Baking & Recipe Contest: Sunday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m.
The Perfect Reception Cake: Saturday, Sept. 25, 1 p.m.
Karo Perfect Pie Contest: Saturday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m.
Shelton’s Leftover Turkey Main Dish Contest: Sunday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m.
Pumpkin Contest: Oct. 2, 1 p.m.
Homemade Pizza Contest: Oct. 3, 1 p.m.

 

 

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It’s time for Wine, Spirits and Beer!

wine20tastingAs we all continue to work diligently to bring everyone the most amazing 2009 Fair, we are also working on the Los Angeles International Wine and Spirits Competition and the Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition. When it comes to the best of the best… it all comes from these competitions!

Entries are pouring in (not literally… yet) and keeping everyone on their toes. The most exciting part is where the entries are coming from- Italy, France, Canada, Boston, Mexico, Poland, Spain, Netherlands, and that is just the beginning!

The best part of all of this for our Fairguests is that you all get to taste the beerselectionaward winners. Yes…you heard right! During the Fair, you can stop off at the Los Angeles International Wine and Spirits Marketplace, presented by Ralphs and taste award winning wines, learn about the different spirits, and taste award winning beers in the brand new beer tavern. This amazing new tavern will serve the award winning beer both inside as well as outside!

So get your taste buds ready because our award winning entries are going to knock your socks off this year!

P.S. Don’t forget! If you want to join in on the fun, enter your homemade wine and homemade beer into the Fair competition. Every entry will be displayed in The Village on Broadway so you can brag to all of your friends!

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Join the Fun

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Do you enjoy the thrill and excitement of competition? Does the sight of a blue ribbon make your heart skip a beat? If this is you, then you are in for a treat!

All contests and competitions for this year’s L.A. County Fair are now posted on our site, and there is a contest or competition for everyone. For those of you who are masters of the culinary kitchen, you can enter everything from baked & preserved foods to homemade wine, homemade beer, and even tablescaping! However, if your passion is for fashion, decor, quilting, knitting, pottery, art, scrapbooking, or even jewelry, then Tapesty is your place to shine.

Hundreds of people enter every year and you can too. Join us in The Village on Broadway and you’ll be amazed at how much fun you will have!

 If you are under 18, check out America’s Kids - there are amazing competitions just waiting for you!
 
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Welcome

Hi everyone out there in the world of blogging! Let me be the first (ok… maybe the 2nd) to welcome you to the very first L.A. County Fair blog and to congratulate you on being in the loop with all the latest and greatest Fair news. Let me introduce myself… I’m Amy or to all of you, Fair-e-crafty…get it? Sounds like very crafty.

Every year our AMAZING Team puts together the most spectacular Fair I have ever seen and this year is no different.  For 2008 we have so many new attractions and competitions that you can almost taste the excitement.

Speaking of tasting things…. I must admit that one of my favorite things about the Fair is the food! But did you know that not only can you eat all of the marvelous Fair food during your visits, but you can watch and/or compete in our many contests and competitions in Culinary Styles??  I know… I’ve just opened another door to the wonders of the Fair… no need to thank me… it’s my pleasure!

Culinary Styles and Tapestry are both located in The Village on Broadway.  This marvelous neighborhood houses a huge portion of the Fair’s contests and competitions. Here the world is your oyster! You can spend an hour or even a day exploring the many wonders of the creative mind!

Have you ever wondered how people get the opportunity to display their fabulous works of art in The Village on Broadway?? It’s through our competitions, so log on to lacountyfair.com and view them all.  

So strap on your creative cap and join us in some of the Fair’s most fabulous competitions!  I’ll see you there!    

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