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Cupcake Camp Montreal 2010

An amateur entry from Cupcake Camp 2009. Courtesy of Rosy Outlook Photography.

Cupcakes. Thousands of cupcakes. What could be better on a Sunday afternoon in November?

On Nov. 21, treat your children (real and inner) to Cupcake Camp, a fundraiser for Kids Help Phone and La Tablée des Chefs. It’s a cupcake contest featuring top local food and media personalities as judges, as well as a mega cupcake sale. Cupcakes are being donated by companies, stores and individuals. You don’t have to be a pâtissière to participate or attend, though. Families are absolutely welcome.

An amateur entry from Cupcake Camp 2009. Photo courtesy of Eva Blue.

BAKE

If you sign up by Nov. 15, your kids can enter 24 to 48 cupcakes in the 15-and-under division of the contest. You could be up for best taste or best design. If you are not already getting the mixer out and checking your rainbow sprinkle supply, consider the prize for best kids design: A giant-screen movie will be brought to the location of  the winner’s choice by Audio Ciné Films and freshair cinema. Imagine being the family that scores this $3,000-value prize, and gets to invite the whole block to watch a movie in the backyard, a park, or possibly a school yard. Instant street cred, people. But before helicopter parents start rolling fondant, here are the guidelines from organizer Eva Blue: “We’re asking that age be submitted with entries to assure fairness and age appropriateness. Ideally, the kids do everything from scratch with adult supervision.”

Youppi jumps out of poutine – last year

EAT and PLAY

Families are also welcome to attend the event to simply browse works of cupcake art, and of course do some sampling. Admission is $10, which includes 3 cupcakes and a drink; you can also buy coupons to take cupcakes home. “This year should be amazing, with a giant room full of cupcakes to choose from,” says Blue. “It might feel like being at a Willy Wonka Cupcake Factory.” Between 2 and 4 p.m., a children’s movie will be shown, with the contest winners announced after. There will also be a kids corner with with some surprise activities, and there’s talk of a cupcake cannon.

Cupcake Camp is being organized by freelance photographer Eva Blue and social media specialist Laura Carmosino, two people interested in making a difference through cupcakes. You can support the event through baking, attending or contributing something on their event wish list.

Cupcake Camp
When: Sunday, Nov. 21, 1 to 5 p.m.
Where: Queen Elizabeth Hotel, 900 René Lévesque Blvd. (corner Mansfield)
Cost: $10, includes 3 cupcakes and a drink
Twitter: www.twitter.com/cupcakecampmtl
Facebook (hit like!): www.facebook.com/cupcakecampmontreal
Read more about it in the Montreal Gazette.

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