The Event Proper
For a minimal fee of P 50.00 per person, the public was given the chance to experience the many offerings of Goldilocks placed under one roof. There was the Avoset Whipped Cream Workshop and the Cake Deco Hands-on Workshop. The Fly for Hope Activity Area allowed participants to design their own cake balloon for a donation of P 20.00 while the DYC Booth gave an opportunity for budding cake designers to try their skill for the cost of P 60.00 which included one fluffy mamon and cake decorating materials. Donation proceeds will go to the Goldilocks Foundation F.E.E.D. Program.
|Fly for Hope Activity Area|
|On stage with Chico and Delamar|
Everyone had access to the ICDC Exhibit , Goldilocks Cake Display Area, the Gtizen Booth, and the various booths of exhibitors. The first 500 registrants who successfully completed 7 stamps went home with loot bags. A show that featured a cake decorating demo and various games on stage was hosted by Chico and Delamar.
|My son's decorated cake balloon|
|My daughter's decorated mamon in a box|
The Main Event
The culminating activity in this event was the 8th Annual Intercollegiate Cake Decorating Challenge (ICDC). It featured ten competing schools including Centro Escolar University Manila, La Consolacion College Bacolod, Lipa City Colleges, Lyceum of the Philippines Batangas, Lyceum of the Philippines Laguna, St, Anne Lucena Inc., St. Louis College Valenzuela, STI Fairview, University of the East Manila, and Western Institute of Technology Iloilo. It was a cake decorating contest under time limit and without prior knowledge of cake themes and decorating parameters.
The over-all champion got to bring home P 250,000, apart from individual prizes. The main prize is intended to benefit the represented school for the improvement of its facilities related to the course in Culinary Arts. This contest offers the perfect opportunity to highlight future pastry chefs while providing support to Hotel and Restaurant and Culinary Arts Training in the school level.
Over-all Champion: Western Institute of Technology - Iloilo
Filipiniana Wedding Theme
First Place - Western Institute of Technology - Iloilo
Second Place - Centro Escolar University - Manila
Third Place - Lyceum of the Philippines - Laguna
Mardi Gras Debut Theme
First Place - St. Louis College - Valenzuela
Second Place - Lyceum of the Philippines - Batangas
Third Place - St. Anne Lucena Inc.
|My attempt at a whipped cream snowman|
|My daughter's attempt at cake decorating|
Up Close and Personal
During the event, some members of the media including myself, were given the chance to interview Ms. Pinky Yee, the Marketing Director of Goldilocks. She shared her observation that baking is not being given that much attention in Culinary Arts training done in Philippine schools. They hope to change that by actively promoting the art of baking primarily through this annual competition.
She also shared that Goldilocks has a total of 326 stores nationwide, 21 in the US, 2 in Canada, and 5 in Thailand. Only 1/3 of these stores are company-owned while the rest are franchises. She says that Goldilocks has more than 400 bakery products in all.
|My children's names on the board|
Ms. Yee repeatedly referred to the Goldilocks brand as a brand that represents Filipino cuisine so I asked her what particular representation of the Filipino culture does the company wish to present. She summed it up with the words "sweet and delightful Filipino moments". Catering to the broad "C" market, she says that Goldilocks has a product for every budget.
That said, I can say with all honesty that I grew up with Goldilocks products. The only other bakeshop which I remember as their contemporary has long been gone from the scene although I remember it trying to make a comeback some years ago. I can appreciate Ms. Yee's pride in the brand as I am no stranger to that feeling. I am happy that Goldilocks has grown with the times and has exhibited its determination to continue doing what they do best. My family and I will certainly be looking forward to the 5th Goldilocks Cake Expo in 2014.
|Final picture before going home|
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