Congratulations to all the 2017 Winners! Hope to see everyone next year!


2017 SoCal VegFest Vegan Cupcake Competition!

Saturday, oct. 28, 2017 at the Orange County FAIR & EVENT CENTER

Costa Mesa, Orange County, CA, USA

REGISTRATION FOR THE 2017 VEGAN CUPCAKE COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.

*  $5 Entry Fee*   Ribbons and Gifts Bags Awarded to Winners   *

*   Gift Bag Approximate Values: $50 for 1st Place, $35 for 2nd Place, $25 for 3rd Place   *

*   Register online below   *  Registration Deadline Wednesday, October 25, 2017 @ 11:55pm.  *

*  See Official Rules, Judge's Bios, Ingredients List Form, and FAQs below*

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REGISTRATION FOR THE 2017 VEGAN CUPCAKE COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.

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REGISTRATION FOR THE 2017 VEGAN CUPCAKE COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.

General Division: Includes all recreational bakers, cupcake enthusiasts, and basically anyone not competing in the Elite/Professional Division.

Elite/Professional Division: Includes any entrant who either:

     a. currently works or has ever worked as a pastry chef, chef, baker, or decorator at a restaurant, bakery, or other food establishment;

     b. has graduated from culinary/pastry school;

     c. is an advanced-level student currently attending culinary/pastry school;

     d. has ever won a 1st Place award at the SoCal VegFest Cupcake Competition (General or Elite/Professional Division), the Orange County Fair, or any other major baking competition; OR

     e. has been a serious home baker/cook for 10+ years.

The criteria for the General and Elite/Professional Divisions are guidelines only, and each contestant should enter the Division they feel best describes their level. Judges and organizers may move entrants into another Division if they deem it appropriate.

Please also note that there is also a separate Admission Fee to the VegFest of $5 if purchased online in advance ($10 at the door). VegFest admission is FREE for little kids under 12, big kids over 65, military, and veterans. The VegFest is volunteer run, and many OC vegans & friends have graciously donated their time, talents, and personal funds to make this event happen for the 3rd year in a row. We are excited at the rapidly growing interest in veganism and look forward to holding this year's VegFest at the OC Fair & Event Center, but are disappointed that we had to charge an admission fee to make it a reality. We trust that the OC community will still embrace and support this celebration of healthy eating and conscious living, and hope that everyone will enjoy the speakers, celebrity talks, cooking demos, live music, vegan food samples, and cruelty-free marketplace in addition to the cupcake competition. If it is a financial hardship for any cupcake competitor to pay the Cupcake Registration Fee of $5 plus the VegFest Admission Fee of $5, please let us know cupcake@bigtentvegan.com, and we will try our best to be accommodating. Thank you for your understanding and support.

 

Judges for the 2017 SoCal VegFest Vegan Cupcake Competition

(See additional Competition Information for detailed bios on each judge)

PIETRO GALLO, Owner/Kitchen Manager of Civico 1845 (San Diego, CA, USA)

PIETRO GALLO, Owner/Kitchen Manager of Civico 1845 (San Diego, CA, USA)

TARA PUNZONE, Chef/owner of Punzone's Plant-Based Italian (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

TARA PUNZONE, Chef/owner of Punzone's Plant-Based Italian (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

IAN BEACH, Executive Chef and Chef Instructor at Exhibit (Santa Ana, CA, USA)

IAN BEACH, Executive Chef and Chef Instructor at Exhibit (Santa Ana, CA, USA)


2017 SOCAL VEGFEST VEGAN CUPCAKE COMPETITION INFORMATION

If there are any questions about the competition or registration process, please email cupcake@bigtentvegan.com


 

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS OF THE

2016 SOCAL VEGFEST VEGAN CUPCAKE COMPETITION!

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2016 Winners, Elite/Professional Division

(Note: Entrants in the Elite/Professional Division were allowed to enter up to two flavors.)

*1st PLACE and BEST OF SHOW*: MELANIE HOHMAN (Sensitive Sweets Bakery) Pineapple Berry Burst Cupcakes

*1st PLACE and BEST OF SHOW*: MELANIE HOHMAN (Sensitive Sweets Bakery)

Pineapple Berry Burst Cupcakes

2nd PLACE: MELANIE HOHMAN (Sensitive Sweets Bakery) Cookie Dough Truffle Cupcakes

2nd PLACE: MELANIE HOHMAN (Sensitive Sweets Bakery)

Cookie Dough Truffle Cupcakes

3rd PLACE: SANDYA NARASIMHAN Mocha Cupcake with Almond Italian Meringue Buttercream

3rd PLACE: SANDYA NARASIMHAN

Mocha Cupcake with Almond Italian Meringue Buttercream

2016 Winners, General Division, Chocolate Category

1st PLACE and *GENERAL DIVISION BEST OF SHOW*:  AVANI KATHURIA Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes

1st PLACE and *GENERAL DIVISION BEST OF SHOW*:  AVANI KATHURIA

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes

2nd Place: KIMBERLY LOGAN Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Orange Buttercream Kiss and Chocolate Mousse

2nd Place: KIMBERLY LOGAN

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Orange Buttercream Kiss and Chocolate Mousse

3rd Place: MIA BILELLO Chocolate Cupcakes with Butterscotch Frosting

3rd Place: MIA BILELLO

Chocolate Cupcakes with Butterscotch Frosting

2016 Winners, General Division, Specialty Category

1st PLACE: SOPHIE SHAKA Green Tea Cupcakes

1st PLACE: SOPHIE SHAKA

Green Tea Cupcakes

2nd PLACE: CINDY INFANTE Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

2nd PLACE: CINDY INFANTE

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

3rd PLACE: DEBBIE KNIGHT Coconut Cupcakes with Chocolate Haupia Filling and Macadamia Coconut Frosting

3rd PLACE: DEBBIE KNIGHT

Coconut Cupcakes with Chocolate Haupia Filling and Macadamia Coconut Frosting