Bakers, cake decorators, pastry artists and many more are certain to benefit from attending the upcoming International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE), which will take place Sept. 8-11 in Las Vegas.
The Retail Bakers of America Bakers Center, brought to you by Bundy Baking Solutions, will feature 42 demos on two stages. The American Cake Decorating magazine stage has 1-hour demos at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., while the Revent Celebrity Stage has demos at 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
On the Revent Celebrity Stage, there will be 11 demos, including presentations by Buddy Valastro Jr., Ciril Hitz, Peter Yuen, Nicholas Lodge, Jacquy Pfeiffer and Bread Bakers Guild of America bakers/members Jory Downer, Matthew McDonald, Nicky Gusto and Solveig Tofte.
On the American Cake Decorating Stage, there will be 11 demos, including presentations by Kathleen Lange, Jorg Amsler, Bronwen Weber and Ruth Rickey.
There will be a combination of 30-minute and 1-hour demos on the exhibitor stage for a total of 20 demos, including demonstrations from the American Egg Board and Dawn Foods. In one corner, there will be a Skills Station, where you can try your hand at fondant molding and other hands-on skills. Jorg Amsler is among those cake decorators who will do sessions.
The RBA Creative Cake Decorating Competition will also be held within the pavilion and hosted by acclaimed host and food show presenter Angela May. Creativity will take center stage, as six teams of elite professional cake decorators challenge each other to a contest of imagination, artistry and skill during one of baking’s most prestigious competitions. The electrifying event will be hosted in the newly designed RBA Bakers Center – brought to you by Bundy Baking Solutions.
To add to the popular event’s excitement, May will be commentating on the competition and providing her expert perspective.
The finalists consist of regional winners and top portfolio entries and compete in four categories: wedding cake, rolled fondant, sculpted and a “surprise” category that will be announced at the beginning of the competition.
The highest scoring team, as determined by a panel of judges, will be awarded the coveted Pillsbury Bakers’ Plus Grand Champion Trophy.
“Cake decorating is truly an art form worthy of recognition, appreciation and celebration,” says Lynn Schurman of the Retail Bakers of America. “There is no better place to experience the artistry and passion of cake decorating than at IBIE — the international stage where the entire industry gathers. During this prominent contest, teams will compete for the coveted Pillsbury Bakers’ Plus Grand Champion Trophy and the admiration of the industry.”
Gold, silver and bronze medals, along with cash prizes will also be awarded for the highest three scores in each category.
Cake, icing and fondant will be provided on site, but contestants bring their own tools and specialty items. There is no limitation on the use of molds, impression mats and fondant rollers, which can be used in all categories.