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For such a tiny state, Rhode Island sure does have a lot of great food. From low key food trucks to upscale restaurants, Rhode Island is a food lover’s dream. The best part, especially for someone with an extreme sweet tooth like me, is all of the bakeries. I dream of being able to spend a whole day in a pastry shop, eating everything in sight. This past Sunday, my sugar laced dreams partially came true: several pastry shops came together in one place to participate in the Great Cupcake Championship 2015, a competition that allowed people to sample cupcakes and vote for their favorite one. Read on to find out more about this awesome event and how I may have ended up in the biggest sugar coma of my life!
The Great Cupcake Championship is an annual competition organized by RI Food Fights.The group aims to bring Rhode Island “foodies” together in light hearted competitions featuring various culinary cuisines. In the past, RI Food Fights has had cookie competitions, calamari throw downs, and chicken wing spectaculars. Some of the events bring the competing restaurants under one place, while other events require you to visit each restaurant on your own. This time around, the cupcakes came to us at the Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket, which is easily accessible by RIPTA.
Lily, two of our friends, and I were amazed at how many different cupcakes there were (upwards of the thousands). Some bakeries had classic flavors like red velvet or salted caramel, while others had more out there flavors like churro, zucchini, and jalapeño. Most places offered mini cupcakes, but somehow we all ended up eating too much, especially me. By the time we left, I felt like I couldn’t eat another sweet thing for the rest of my life (which ended up not being true. once a sweet tooth, always a sweet tooth).
Although we all enjoyed the cupcakes, the organization of the event was a little lacking. The space was pretty crowded and it seemed like they had over sold the event. Even though we got to the event before it started, we still had to wait in line for a good 30 minutes. These were just slight annoyances for me, however. I would definitely go the Great Cupcake Championship again, except next time I would pace myself a little better!
See ya next time,
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