Virtual SugarFest 2020
SugarFest is fun for all ages and is traditionally held on the first Sunday in October! This year, mark your calendars for a special two day celebration on October 3 and 4, 2020 on the museum’s Facebook page! Virtual SugarFest will allow you to enjoy interviews, performances, and demonstrations with Louisiana folk artists and musicians, as well as recipes for sweet treats, and even a look inside the sugar industry—all from the comfort of your home. A schedule of events including the concert line-up will be posted in the coming weeks.
While we may not be able to gather in person with a few thousand of our closest friends, a quarter of a century marks an excellent time to document our local culture and traditions for generations to come. If there is a silver lining to be found for our silver anniversary, the pandemic gives us reason to pause and archive the things that make SugarFest special, in particular the great works of participating occupational and traditional folk artists who carry on the old fashioned ways of doing things by hand, and bands who continue to play musical genres indigenous to Louisiana. As Jeannie Luckett, Director of Programs, stated, “Some of these folks don’t have apprentices studying under them, and these arts are at risk of fading away. The music is a rich part of that tradition too. So, it will be important for the museum to do their part in preserving this history as well as finding a creative way to stay connected and celebrate with the community.”
Participant Contact Info
Everything looks a little bit different this year, including our lineup. To make sure we can shine a bright line on those featured during Virtual SugarFest, and those we hope to see in person next year, we have curated a list of contact information for the artists and acts that bring SugarFest to life. Click here to take a look.
Virtual Sweets Contest
In celebration of West Baton Rouge Museum’s SugarFest Silver Anniversary, we have teamed up with celebrity judge, Chef John Folse and Susan Ford, Publisher & Editorial Director of Louisiana Kitchen & Culture to continue the tradition of the annual Sweets Contest as part of Virtual SugarFest. Participants submitted sweet recipes in person and digitally, providing the judges with lots of treats to consider. Below, you can read every entry we received this year! While photos weren't required, some of our participants decided to include a picture of their sweet treat. As icing on the cake, Susan Ford, Publisher & Editorial Director of Louisiana Kitchen & Culture magazine will publish these recipes digitally and/or in print in the November/December Holiday edition. As always, the grand prize winner will be awarded the highly sought after sugar shell. Thanks to everyone who participated this year, and a big thank you to Louisiana Kitchen & Culture for helping us keep our sweet traditions alive--even in unprecedented times!
Congratulations to SugarFest 2020 Sweets Contest Grand Prize Winner: Abbie Edens!
- Chococonut Chip Cookies - Christine Laiche - First Place
- Blackberry Swirl Cookies - Colleen Martin - Second Place
- The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies - Chase Berenson & Charla Hughes - Third Place
- Almond Fudge Topped Shortbread - Fannie Easterly
- Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies - Valerie Shexnayder
- Gran Gran Ginger Cookies - Cindy Bryson
- Persimmon Oatmeal Cookies - Braeden Larpenter
- Reese's Cookies - Sheila Gomez
- Rock Cookies - Sheila Gomez
- Honey Pistachio Cake with Honey Buttercream - Abbie Edens - First Place & Grand Prize Winner
- Chunky Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting - Fannie Easterly - Second Place
- Black Forest Cake - Sheila Alleman - Third Place
- Fresh Apple Cake - Andrea Normand - Staff Favorite
- Black Forest Torte - Nancy Luckett
- Banana Cake - Iris Bonanno
- Blue Ribbon Chocolate Cake with Strawberries - Sheila Alleman
- Cinnamon Pecan Oatmeal Bread - Terresa Marler Dipuma
- Eclair Cake - Sheila Gomez
- Elizabeth's Yum Yum Cake - Sue Ellen Clements
- Mamere's Brownies - Benjamin Shexnayder
- Cane Syrup Ice Cream with Candied Pecans - Maylee H. Samuels - First Place
- Creamy Chocolate Pecan Fudge - Karen Messenger - Second Place
- Chocolate Peanut Butter (Pecan) Candy - Tara Messenger - Third Place