Would you like to sample up to 20 king cakes for a good cause?No, you aren't dreaming. It's time for the fifth-annual King Cake-Off.Local bakeries, restaurants, grocery stores and home bakers will …
Would you like to sample up to 20 king cakes for a good cause?
No, you aren't dreaming. It's time for the fifth-annual King Cake-Off.
Local bakeries, restaurants, grocery stores and home bakers will converge at the Mobile Civic Center Friday, Jan. 27, to find out whose king cake reigns supreme. Proceeds from the event benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Alabama.
Due to record attendance at last year's event, organizers had to find a new venue with more space and parking. The Mobile Civic Center, 401 Civic Center Drive in Mobile, will offer more space for the 20 competitors and the crowds. Attendees don't even have to worry about parking fees because they have been covered by a sponsor.
Another new feature of this year's event is the VIP Lounge.
"This year there is a VIP Lounge. It is mainly for sponsors, but we do have some tickets for the public to purchase," said Shana Jordan, event organizer. "The VIP Lounge will offer a variety of food and complimentary alcoholic drinks and a lounge area to relax in between king cake feedings."
Baldwin County has had a strong showing in years past with Warehouse Bakery & Donuts winning three years in a row. According to their Facebook page they will be competing again this year.
Another Baldwin County contender to keep an eye on is Gourmet Goodies. They are fresh off a major victory with their crawfish king cake, which was named the third-best king cake in the United States during the King Cake Extravaganza in New Orleans.
"There have been quite a few competitors from Baldwin County in the past and we want more," Jordan said. "We are trying to expand our footprint so we can incorporate more from Baldwin County, the Mississippi Gulf Coast and even New Orleans."
The King Cake-Off is a family friendly event that will please everyone.
There will be three live music performers, vendors, kids' activities, specialty cocktails and a whole lot of king cake. War your stretchy pants.
"Similar to a wine tasting or other food tasting events, you walk in and there are booths with food. Each participant has a sample of what they are offering," Jordan said. "We tell them 6 oz. samples, but some cut them larger. You can get a sample from each of the 20 vendors if you want."
Tickets can be purchased in advance by visiting kingcakeoff.com. Advance purchase tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Day-of the event tickets are $20 and can only be purchased at the door.
For more information on the event, visit kingcakeoff.com.