Americas Cake Fair Comes To OCCC in October

Sweet news for dessert lovers. Tickets are now on sale for highly-anticipated return of The Americas Cake Fair (Cake Fair) to the Orange County Convention Center on October 13-15, 2017, hosted by Retro Rad Diva Emily Ellyn.

Cake Fair is the largest trade and consumer show in North and South America dedicated to cake, chocolate, sugar arts and more. The inaugural Cake Fair in 2015 became an immediate sensation among professionals and consumers, alike.

This year, more than 10,000 baking professionals, industry buyers, pastry chefs, cake artists, retail bakers, hobbyists and everyday foodies from around the world are expected to attend the three-day celebration of cake, chocolate and sugar artistry.

“Consumer interest in baking is at an all-time high,” said Kevin O’Reilly, founder of Satin Fine Foods and Cake Fair. “There’s an enormous hunger among professionals and hobbyists, alike, for new products, services and ideas. Our show delivers that and much more.”

Building on the enormous success of the 2015 show, The Americas Cake Fair 2017 promises to be bigger, bolder and even more spectacular. “It’s the largest opportunity in the Americas to become completely immersed in the world of cake, and to learn from the very best in the business,” O’Reilly added.

Due to popular demand, show producers have added an extra day of hands-on classes and demonstrations on Thursday, October 12, one day prior to Cake Fair’s official opening. From the art of airbrushing to mastering chocolate modeling, all classes and demonstrations will provide instruction on the latest techniques from the world’s most knowledgeable cake decorating experts. All classes are three hours in duration and must be booked in advance online.

Internationally-popular pastry chef and television personality Duff Goldman, star of Food Network reality shows Ace of Cakes, Duff Till Dawn and Holiday Baking Championship, will delight attendees during his stage appearances on Saturday and Sunday. Other world-renowned cake industry celebrities scheduled to present throughout the weekend include: Mich Turner, whose clientele includes The Queen of England, Madonna and David Beckham; and pastry genius Ron Ben-Israel, named “the Manolo Blahnik of wedding cakes” by The New York Times.

In addition to the featured stage presentations, the show’s jam-packed schedule will include:

–  The Sugar Art Fashion Show sponsored by Cake Central, with models strutting the runway adorned by cake costumes and edible ensembles

–  Live Global Cake and Chocolate Challenges, where international teams and individuals will battle for top honors

–  Traditional cake competitions offering cash prizes for contestants across all skill levels

–  More than 100 hands-on classes, demonstrations and business seminars taught by the world’s best cake decorators

–  An exhibit hall overflowing with products and services, including some items for cash and carry.

Rounding out the expo are four themed “zones” sprinkled around the show floor, including:

  1. A wedding zone, where attendees can “engage” in the latest cake and wedding trends
  2. A chocolate zone, exploring the finest in gourmet chocolate making and modeling
  3. A kids’ zone, for a yummy interactive experience for budding cake artists
  4. A cake zone for a delectable introduction to fondant and other skills

Attendees can enjoy sweet savings by purchasing tickets online, and can save even more when attending the show on multiple, consecutive days. Prices start from $30 for regular, single-day adult admission with advance online purchase. Advance registration is highly recommended for hands-on classes, demonstrations and Retail Bakers of America seminars.

Attendees can enjoy sweet savings by purchasing tickets online, and can save even more when attending the show on multiple, consecutive days. Prices start from $30 for regular, single-day adult admission with advance online purchase. Advance registration is highly recommended for hands-on classes, demonstrations and Retail Bakers Association seminars.

Cake Fair is hosted by Satin Ice, which is made by Satin Fine Foods, Inc., an industry-leading manufacturer distributing its premium range of cake decorating products to more than 60 countries worldwide. Partners and sponsors of The Americas Cake Fair include American Cake Decorating; Ateco; Cake Central; Cake Masters, DecoPac; Domino Sugar; Pillsbury; Retail Bakers of America; and Sterling Bank.

Stay up to date on Cake Fair event updates, special offers and exclusive contests by following the show on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@cakefair). For those who want to present their work during live challenges and competitions, registration and information about themes and rules is now available. For more information about exhibitor opportunities, exclusive, customizable sponsorship packages, visit www.cakefair.com.

Personal Experience

I have so much fun at this show. Talk about inspiration! The cakes you will see are breathtaking to say the least. They’re edible works of art. Be inspired by the demonstrations and pick up on some tips and tricks at the classes.

About Satin Ice / Satin Fine Foods, Inc.

Satin Fine Foods, Inc. is a world-leading rolled fondant manufacturer. Established in 2001, Satin Fine Foods developed the Satin Ice range of products to satisfy the demands of the world’s best cake artists. Known for its superior workability, consistency and taste, Satin Ice has become the premium fondant of choice for professional cake artists around the globe. For more information please visit www.satinice.com.

 

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Antiques Vintage and Garden Show February 19–21

antiques showCouncil of 101 is presents the 34th annual Antiques Vintage and Garden Show at the Orlando Museum of Art, from Friday, February 19 through Sunday, February 21, 2016.
The Antiques Vintage and Garden Show will feature a dazzling array of collectibles, original art, fine jewelry, silver, porcelains, ceramics, textiles, florals, and furniture, as well as a wide variety of unique home and garden décor. Some of the nation’s most reputable dealers will be on-hand to showcase sought-after merchandise and share expert tips and knowledge.
In my 1940s gown with my own Antique and Garden collection: A glass basket and white hydrangeas

In my 1940s gown with my own Antique and Garden collection: A glass basket and white hydrangeas

I’m looking forward to the event because I am a vintage kind of gal. My wedding was 1940s style, crocheted snood and all. I scoured antique stores all over to find the right pieces for my step-back-in time tablescapes. Era-appropriate magazines were in various niches along with WWII memorabilia. I feel very “rooted” when admiring and holding things of the past. I find there’s something romantic about holding a wine glass from a by-gone era, knowing your lips are, in fact, kissing the past as you drink. My dress, likewise, was from the ’40s and is the most luxurious vintage textile piece I own (though I have a large retro apron collection that is pretty fabulous, too).

I guess my love of all things vintage is one of the reasons I am currently watching both Downton Abbey and Mr. Selfridge. When I go to an vintage store or roam the halls of an antique mall, it’s something very special to me. I hold an item and wonder who’s story it’s telling. What secrets did those opera glasses unfold? Whose hand slipped into that ring? Fellow romantics will find much to do and see at the Antiques Vintage and Garden Show.

antique memorabilia weddingEvent speakers and vendors will guide guests in perfecting their individual style and flair from fashion to furnishings. Seasoned purveyors of antiquities and curious appreciators of style and beauty alike will leave with increased knowledge and perhaps some new additions to beautify their own home.

General admission tickets to the Antiques Vintage and Garden Show are $10.
Special Events
This year’s guest speaker is India Hicks, a world-renowned author, model, entrepreneur, TV personality and daughter of famed designer David Hicks. Hicks comes from both British and design royalty. As the goddaughter of the Prince of Wales, Hicks served as a bridesmaid at his wedding to Lady Diana.
India Hicks

India Hicks

Hicks will speak at 11:00am on Friday, February 19, and will sign her books Island Style and Island Life. Tickets for this engagement are $45, and include admission to the Antiques Vintage and Garden Show. There will also be a unique opportunity to experience shopping and refreshments with Hicks that same day. For $125 per person, this VIP event also includes prime seating for Hicks’ presentation.

Opening Night Preview PartyThursday, February 186:30pm to 10:00pm – $95 per person includes complimentary valet parking and show admission for a sneak peek preview

What’s it Worth? Appraisal Days – From 1:00pm to 3:00pm each day, visitors can have their own items appraised by an expert. For anyone who’s ever pondered the true value of a family heirloom, this is the opportunity to find out. Reservations are required and are taken starting at noon each day. There is a two item appraisal limit and the cost is $10 per item.

Mystery Home Tour – Saturday, February 20 – 11:00am to 3:00pm – Inspiration seekers can tour a home that is bound to awaken their creative minds. $35 per person includes show admission.

antique wedding cake topoperTickets are available by calling 407-896-4231, Ext. 254 or by visiting http://omart.org/events/antiques_vintage_and_garden_show/.

Admission to the Antiques Vintage and Garden Show includes general admission to Orlando Museum of Art exhibits. During the show, the museum will feature the Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment special exhibition.

The Antiques Vintage and Garden Show is a longstanding fundraiser event benefiting the Orlando Museum of Art and promoting the museum’s mission to advance the positive impact of art and creativity. Council of 101 has aided in raising over $6 million to support the Orlando Museum of Art.

Orlando Home Show and Hamilton’s Kitchen

OHS_150Fall cleaning just doesn’t have the same ring as “spring cleaning”, but I swear that’s the mood I get in when I go to the Orlando Home Show. Aisles and aisles of how-to products and services along with the great demonstrations and specialty exhibits get the ideas flowing! Not to mention all the cooking and food demos/ideas/suggestions/products (and tastings, Oh My!).

Go to the Orange County Convention Center Oct 24–26 for the Orlando Home Show, your one-stop spot for shopping all things home and garden.

I had the privilege of hearing about the show ahead of time at a preview event held at Hamilton’s Kitchen in The Alfond Inn at Rollins College. In addition to being given some insight into the show’s great offerings and home and garden celebs, as part of a “Meet Eat & Tweet” we were able to get a special preview of Chef Marc Kusche’s Cooking Stage appearance. Edible Orlando helped sponsor the event to get local food bloggers excited about both the Home Show, and the restaurant. (May I just say… mission accomplished!) Chef Marc and his staff make everything from sauces and dressings on up to the main course options from scratch. Every day. The quality locally-sourced ingredients and farm freshness can be tasted.

HamiltonsOur meal included exceptional fall flavors like a creamy pumpkin soup with almond foam and jalapeno cheddar biscuits that have just enough heat to keep them interesting, but not so much you’re grabbing for your water. Next on the menu was a grilled flatbread with prosciutto and mozzarella with a squash hash and a beet and picked carrot salad with ricotta and micro greens.

Insider tip: You must try beets with pickled carrots salad. The combination of flavors
was unexpectedly amazing, and the tender, salty crunch of the carrot in the same
bite as the dense, earthy beet was more than my mouth could stand. I’m
not a big “salad person,” but this is one I now crave.

Speaking of craving, my absolute favorite dish of the night was Lobster Risotto with garlic Shrimp. The richness of the lobster that infuses every bite of the risotto, combined with a little bit of heat and bouncy tender-/crisp-ness of the shrimp. Oh!

Chef Marc Kusche, executive chef, created these, and many other dishes for us to taste and guests at Hamilton’s Kitchen to enjoy. One can only imagine what his Cooking Stage appearance will bring. I, for one, hope to get some inspiration for meals I can re-create at home. Or (and more likely) I’ll just get hungry and go visit Chef Kusche and his amazing team at Hamilton’s Kitchen.

While at the Orlando Home Show I’m sure to get some home remodeling/decorating/beautification tips and inspiration, too. Or (and more likely) I’ll grab some brochures and business cards to have someone help me in these endeavors. What?! You know that’s one of the reasons you go, too!

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Visit Hamilton’s Kitchen at The Alfond Inn, 300 E. New England Ave, Winter Park. For reservations, call 407-998-8089.

Buy Orlando Home Show tickets by clicking on this link. Use the code BLOG for $4 off.

Other Edible Orlando chefs on the cooking stage include: Hari Pulapaka of Cress, Camilo Velasco of Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen, Mark Jeffers of Highball and Harvest, and don’t miss Todd Wilbur, the author of 10 cookbooks including Top Secret Recipes.