Domino Sugar Fest!May 24th, 2011 | By Terri Sercovich | Category: Top Story
Do you know the difference between a muffin and a cupcake? Do you know the difference between a scoop and a scuttle? You will if you attend the third annual Old Arabi Sugar Festival. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, May 21 from 11 – 6 on the grounds of the Lebeau Plantation. In the first two years, the event has been marred by torrential rain, but this year, the Sugar Fest Committee is being proactive in ensuring the fun goes on rain or shine.
First off, the event organizers are encouraging folks to participate in an umbrella decorating contest. Not only will the umbrellas protect guests from sun or rain, the decorative and fun approach will add a unique feature to the proceedings. Besides a year’s worth of bragging rights, the winning umbrella artist will be awarded with a ornate umbrella stand.
This year also featured an art contest. Art guild members and members of Chalmette High School’s Art Department were invited to submit a design for this year’s festival. Winning entries have their work featured on this year’s t-shirts and posters, and received $250 in prize money.
Culinary competitions will also be a part of this year’s event with guest judges choosing a winner in each of the following three categories: Cookies, Cakes, and Pies. Winners will be award with Domino’s Sugar coveted Silver Scuttle, an ornate, decorative container complete with a small silver scoop. The scuttles will be engraved and awarded to the winners at the end of the culinary competitions.
Moran also announced that children’s activities will be a part of the fun with sack races, face painting, and a cupcake decorating contest. And just so you know, the difference between a cupcake and a muffin is usually the frosting or topping on a cupcake. So, children will begin with a muffin and create a cupcake. Exciting huh?
Domino Sugar will be the corporate sponsor of the festival this year, sponsoring the entertainment for the event while the Old Arabi Neighborhood Association will host the proceedings. Members of the Voices Foundation Productions will book the musical line up, while performers from Shine Productions will emcee the stage. Celebrity judges, free give-a-ways, historic tours of the neighborhood, great music and food will make this year’s Sugar Festival the best ever.
Providing it doesn’t rain again. But if it does, there is a back up plan. Ponchos will be on sale. And if things are really bad, the Barn on Aycock Street will serve as the sanctuary so that festival goers will have a place to gather. For more information about the Festival, log on to: www.oldarabi.org
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