They’ve judged local beer, wings and other things, so what’s next for Comox Valley Tastes Good?
With the holiday season coming up, it seems a choice logical to pit bakers in a battle of the batter to see who can come up with the best Christmas cake.
Organizer Phill Fuller has lined up eight local home-based bakery businesses and four other avid home bakers to serve up their best Christmas cakes for a panel of judges, comprised of business/sponsor and baking enthusiasts.
“I’m going to cap it at 12,” he says. “Judges are going to sit down and do 12 pieces of cake. It’s going to be a lot.”
Some of the competitors include Falling for Cupcakes, White Rabbit Specialty Cakes, Sweet and Savary from Savary Island, Piece of Cake, Cake Creations by Christina, Whisked Away Cakes and Barbie’s Baking from Campbell River.
Fuller sees the event as a way to create some Christmas cheer and help out some home-based businesses.
“I’m trying to help out as many businesses as I can,” he says.
As with the previous Comox Valley Tastes Good events, the judges will pick their favourite cake, with the winner getting a cake contract with local business Roy’s Towne Pub to serve the cake on the menu. There will other prizes too.
“These could get pretty wild,” Fuller says. “They do know there are prizes on the line.”
The previous events have typically happened over several weeks, but this one will be a little different, as the competitors will only be making one cake, which will be baked at home.
“This one’s going to be a one-off,” Fuller says. “They can do anything they want with it. It’s just Christmas is the theme.”
The bakers will be ranked according to taste, presentation and theme.
Comox Valley Tastes Good is setting up the event to be COVID-friendly, meaning the public can have a look online at the cakes as they’re being made, the judging and the final crowning of the winner, and the competitors will be making the pitch in advance about their cake or their business.
“I’m going to have them film a little of their process,” Fuller says.
Anyone can check out the contest on the Comox Valley Tastes Good Facebook page once the contest is posted, probably in the days before Christmas. Fuller still might have a room for sponsors or a judge or two, so anyone interested should contact him through the Facebook page.