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Mar 24, 2014
Terri Judson

Commercial growth at Centerra, 2534 kicks back into high gear [Greeley Tribune …

March 23–The sign near the road has been promising “new retail coming soon” for seemingly years without even a speck of dust moving to make way for one four-wall gem or another.

But that’s all about to change — for the Centerra and 2534 developments skirting Interstate 25 and U.S. 34, 15 miles west of Greeley.

The sprawling developments, both of which kicked off together around 2006-07, had been relatively idle throughout the recession, but McWhinney and 2534 officials are back to the plate, ready to swing away.

“We’re doing a ton of work there now,” said Jay Hardy, general manager of Centerra.

Added Ryan Schaefer of Chrisland, which is marketing property at 2534 across the highway: “The pipeline is really filling up, and there’s a lot of activity going on, everything from additional restaurant activity to office, even industrial.”

The two are a part of a recent commercial scramble across northern Colorado with approvals of a redevelopment of the Foothills Mall in Fort Collins, a new Costco planned for Timnath, additions of Bass Pro Shops at Centerra and some west Greeley retail amid the city’s oil and gas boom.

All are projects that have potential to reshape an ever-evolving commercial landscape in northern Colorado, Hardy said.

“One could argue the retail landscape has really shifted in northern Colorado, and some of the power center components shifted again when Greeley got some great projects in west Greeley,” Hardy said.

“I believe we need to be cautious ourselves. It’ll shift again with the Foothills Mall. There’s this constant evolving dynamic. Who knows what Costco is going to do coming into Timnath? With Bass Pro (coming into the market), there are stores in Loveland, Fort Collins and Greeley that will have some negative effect.”

Once thought to be the death knell for the Greeley retail scene, Centerra hasn’t quite drilled the last nail in the coffin. Greeley retail sales taxes grew 9 percent in 2013 vs. 2012. And more new retail is coming all the time, with Panera Bread’s recent opening, the upcoming opening of Chick-fil-A, new downtown eateries and an Ulta and Village Inn coming to Centerplace shopping center.

Construction will begin in May on the 26-acre Centerra lot at the northwest corner of U.S. 34 and Centerra Parkway. It will be anchored by the Bass Pro Shops and a Courtyard by Marriott, a four-story, 110-room hotel. Several shops, restaurants and office buildings will be built in the lots around them, and most will open at the same time.

All are slated to be completed in 2015, and be the first of many additions to the east side of the Centerra developments which, when it’s completed at full tilt, will be more than 3,000 acres of residential, commercial and industrial uses, sprawling both sides of the highway.

On the west side — which holds the Loveland Outlet Mall and the Marketplace at Centerra — a huge dust storm of earthwork has set the stage for the first 200 of almost 800 residential units on the east side of Boyd Lake in Loveland.

The project will be called The Lakes, offering patio homes, multifamily, and community amenities, as well as a K-8 school.

McWhinney recently sold four lots to homebuilders for a collective $6.8 million. Construction is underway, and the first home models will be available this summer, Hardy said.

In the next couple of months, McWhinney will begin marketing about 60 of 110 acres directly east of the Bass Pro lot for more retail, entertainment and residential units, as well as another potential hotel.

“The cool component is a public space with water features and entertainment, where we can do wine festivals and smaller events, or much bigger events that play into a multibuilding area,” Hardy said.

That lot, along U.S. 34 and Centerra Parkway, was at first going to a completely different concept called Grand Station, complete with a trolley, which was a vertical development with retail on the bottom, office on the second floor, and apartments on the top floors. McWhinney officials abandoned that idea after the rec

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Mar 22, 2014
Terri Judson

Okanagan Wine Festival ready to go in May

What started in 1994 as a kick start to the wine season in a fledging one day festival with just 16 wineries, has blossomed two decades later into a much anticipated ten day celebration of local food and wine. Now with 119 wineries, over 70 culinary and wine events, a Best of Varietal competition, and a delicious partnership with Dairy Farmers of Canada; the Spring Okanagan Wine Festival offers a uniquely Okanagan experience for every palate.

The ideal start to the season, spring in the Okanagan is an exciting time of anticipation. With budburst in the vineyards and blossoms throughout the Valley’s extensive orchards, it is a picturesque way to experience the region’s burgeoning artisanal wine and culinary industry.

Some delectable new festivities this year include: the Comforts of Grilled Cheese and Wine presented by Dairy Farmers of Canada, apprentice chefs competing in the Cheesiest Sweet and Savoury Competition, a Bubbly Bootcamp, and grand openings of the newest architecturally distinctive tasting rooms, to name but a few of the highlights.

One of the Society’s signature events starts the entire 10 days. The Best of Varietal Wine Awards is on Thursday May 1, with a record 32 wine varietal categories judged by 15 B.C. sommeliers and wine experts along with a tasting showcasing the winners.

This is followed by the iconic WestJet Wine Tastings on Friday May 2 and Saturday May 3, which offers live music and a boisterous atmosphere with wineries from across the entire Valley all under one roof.

A more intimate event with a hint of wine education, the Blind Wine and Cheese Soiree presented by Valley First on Saturday May 10, is a perfect opportunity to test your palate in a fun environment with local wineries and Dairy Farmers of Canada.

“Dairy Farmers of Canada has a long standing partnership with the Okanagan Wine Festival’s David Beaudoin with Dairy Farmers of Canada leading a cheese and wine seminar. This has been excellent in providing us the ability to develop several customized events showcasing Canadian cheese made from 100% Canadian milk as well as our All you Need is Cheese brand,” said Gianna Ciancio, program manager, marketing for the Dairy Farmers of Canada.

“For 20 years the Spring Okanagan Wine Festival has helped put B.C. wines on the map,” said Premier Christy Clark and MLA for Westside-Kelowna. “Congratulations and best wishes for this special 20th year celebration.”

The wine culture of the Okanagan offers something for everyone from the foodie to the oenophile to the budding enthusiast.

Over 7,500 guests are expected to participate over the 10 days of activities this spring. From farm to table winery dinners, barbeques and picnics in stunning settings, the Spring Okanagan Wine Festival brings visitors face to face with the chefs, winemakers and growers who have not only built the Okanagan’s wine and culinary industry but those poised on the leading edge of change. With the Okanagan Valley really coming of age on the world stage it’s time to visit and see how the Spring Festival has hit its stride. Can you really miss the 20th Spring Okanagan Wine Festival this year?The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society announces its 20th year of spring wine festivities from May 1-11, 2014.The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society announces its 20th year of spring wine festivities from May 1-11, 2014.


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Mar 21, 2014
Terri Judson

Agri-tourism gets boost from state

Agri-tourism gets boost from state


March 20, 2014

•  Visit California partners with California Grown for “California, Always in Season” campaign

•  “This … further defines California as the premier destination for culinary travelers”

If you pick up an issue of Food Wine magazine and wonder why there’s so much about California, there’s a million dollar answer.

The state agency that promotes tourism, Visit California, is partnering with California Grown to launch a new marketing campaign, “California, Always in Season,” to take advantage of what they see as a growing interest among travelers for culinary experiences and the so-called farm-to-fork movement.

The cornerstone of this campaign is a $1 million media buy with Food Wine magazine, which claims it will deliver more than 58 million impressions through print spreads, videos, custom media rich content, targeted digital media and a co-branded landing page on Food Wine’s website.

Much of the content in the magazine will focus on the relationship between California farmers and their collaboration with local chefs, the diversity and abundance of specialty crops throughout the state as well as stories about California’s culinary pioneers.

Tourists in California spent $28.5 billion on food and beverages in 2012, making it the largest segment in the state’s tourism economy. The “California, Always in Season” program is to market California’s agricultural abundance and the “innovative spirit” of the state’s chefs, farmers and ranchers, the two groups say.

“This partnership further defines California as the premier destination for culinary travelers,” says Caroline Beteta, president and CEO of Visit California. “Today’s travelers seek culinary experiences from farm tours and farm-to-fork dinners, to artisan purveyors, wine festivals and culinary tours.”

California Grown Chairman Kasey Cronquist says the marketing campaign “is just the first example of this new vision highlighting the valuable cultural and economic influence our farmers and ranchers have on the Golden State.”

The Golden State grows more than 400 commodities and produces 90 percent of the wine and half of the fruit, nuts and vegetables grown in the United States.

“Ranchers and farmers are developing their own cult status and becoming the next rock stars of the culinary scene,” says Ms. Beteta. “They are the ones that help California deliver on its promise of being the ultimate dreamland. It’s these passionate people who make this state’s culinary scene the best in the world.”

The first issue of Food Wine featuring the “California, Always in Season” content is on newsstands now.

This project is paid for from the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

California Grown (also known as the Buy California Marketing Agreement, BCMA) is a joint effort of agricultural industry group.

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Mar 21, 2014
Terri Judson

Couple swap their Horwich home for Italy

Couple swap their Horwich home for Italy

By Melanie Wallwork, Entertainment reporter

Geoffrey and Judith Pearson’s dream home in Italy

THOUGHTS are now turning towards the warmer months ahead. Will we be lucky enough to enjoy a glorious summer or must we endure more downpours? MELANIE WALLWORK talks to one couple who need no longer worry about the unreliable British summertime.

GEOFFREY and Judith Pearson swapped their Horwich home and Chorley Old Road physiotherapy practice for the olive groves and vineyards of central Italy last year.

And it is not just the lovely weather, with sunshine and highs of 22C in recent days, that the couple are benefiting from, but also a more relaxed pace of life, fresh food and beautiful scenery.

The couple took the plunge last year and moved more than 1,000 miles away from their friends, family, home and business of 30 years.

Mr Pearson said: “We love physiotherapy and love treating patients but the health and safety issues and the bureaucracy that is now coming in to treat patients has become more difficult.

“We looked at a variety of different countries. We looked at France, Spain, one or two of the Balearic Islands.

“In Italy, we looked at Lazio, Tuscany and finally Umbria. We just fell in love with the place.

“It’s very unspoilt, there’s not a huge amount of industry. It borders Tuscany which is very expensive to live in. Umbria is a bit cheaper.

“We wanted somewhere that had better weather than Bolton and a different lifestyle, one that doesn’t have the same constraints and the same rules and regulations that you get in the UK. If it rains, it rains for a couple of hours and then it’s sunshine again. It’s just a very pleasant way of living.

“There are events going on every week. There are food festivals, wine festivals, music, art.”

After four years searching, the property they chose is a farmhouse named Poparello, set overlooking its own farmland and with an apartment the couple rent out to holidaymakers.

It has five acres of land with about 100 olive trees and the pair pick their own olives to make olive oil to sell, which the father of three and grandfather of three says is “stunningly good”.

The couple have found themselves enjoying a much more relaxed way of living since making the move, enjoying leisurely meals instead of grabbing a quick bite in 15 minutes.

Mr Pearson, who had always lived in Bolton apart from seven years in Nottingham where he went to university, said: “The Italians don’t eat until much later in the day.

“Your mealtimes change. They will take two or three hours over a meal.

“You go into a supermarket and there are no ready-made meals.

“You can only buy fruit and veg that are in season.

“The lifestyle, they work around the heat of the sun and they have very flexible ways of living. It’s just a very laid back, a very unhurried way of doing things, although they are very efficient at what they do.”

Mr Pearson went to Italian classes in Chorley and Horwich and made numerous trips to Umbria, at different times of the year, before committing to the move.

He said: “The Italians are very happy to see us but it’s very important that you speak Italian as, if you try, they are very helpful.

“There are no UK enclaves like you get in other places. We watch TV in Italian. Slowly but surely it’s coming.”

They sold their house in Horwich in July and bought an apartment in Heaton, for when they make the trip back to the UK.

Pisa Airport is a two-hour drive from Umbria, while Rome is an hour and 40 minutes away and Perugia is 40 minutes, although flights only go from London Stansted.

Mr Pearson, who remains involved with Christ Church Players and appeared in the amateur theatre group’s sell-out production of Off the Hook in February, said: “The cheapest flight I did last year was £8.93, Pisa to Leeds-Bradford.”

The couple, who are also still involved with Rotary Club of Horwich, are also benefiting from some Italian bargains.

Mr Pearson said: “A good bottle of wine costs three or four Euros. They sell wine by the litre in a farmshop just outside the village for 1.50 Euros — it’s lovely.”

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Mar 21, 2014
Terri Judson

Three Weeks Remain in Countdown to 28th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival

DESTIN, Fla., March 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Only three weeks remain until the kick-off of the 28th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival at the magnificent Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort on Northwest Florida’s beautiful Emerald Coast.

Thousands of wine enthusiasts and fun-seekers are expected for this grand celebration, which takes place April 10-13 in Sandestin’s Village of Baytowne Wharf and at the adjacent Baytowne Marina.

Affectionately referred to as “the Kentucky Derby of Wine Festivals,” the event is a rare opportunity to sample a great number of wines from around the world, as well as to interact with various winemakers. The range of festival experiences includes grand wine tastings, delicious food pairings, a Sunday champagne brunch, and the sale of featured wine products at special discount prices.

Launched nearly 30 years ago, the Sandestin Wine Festival today is the most-established and longest continuously running wine festival in the Southern United States.  Named “Best Annual Event” by the area’s Destin magazine, it also is regarded as one the most-successful festival programs in the Southeast.

“We’re extremely proud of the festival’s historic rise and the countless memories the event has created for fans over the years.  We’re sure this year’s festival will live up to its reputation,” said Dan Keyser, executive director of resort sales for Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.

“There will be ample opportunities for guests to taste these superb wine products from great wine-producing spots around the globe,” Keyser said.  ”It’s the perfect time of year for enjoying the festival and a chance for visitors to discover Sandestin’s exceptional character and stunning style.”

“Uncork Some Fun”

“Uncork some fun in the sun” is the theme for this year’s Sandestin Wine Festival.

The wine festival’s signature white tents will host pourings from up to 75 labels from major wine-producing countries such as Argentina, Chile, France, Italy, New Zealand, Spain and the United States.

Top wine labels and wine and spirits vendors scheduled to participate in the festival include Alexander Valley Vineyards, BNA Wine Group, Bogle Vineyards, Chaste No. 850, Coppola Wines, Ketel One Vodka, Mercer Estate Winery, Prestige Wine Imports, and Wente Vineyards. 

Chief sponsors of the 28th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival include Coastal Living magazine, Fresh Produce women’s apparel and accessories, Visit South Walton, and ABC Fine Wine Spirits.

Festival highlights include Thursday night Wine Dinners, a Friday kick-off Champagne Seafood Cruise, live entertainment, a Sunday Champagne Brunch plus numerous Wine Tastings and Culinary Events throughout the weekend. A complete listing of festival events can be found at

About the Festival

Tickets for the 2014 wine festival can be purchased at and prices range from $55 to $85 per person depending on the event.

Individuals must be at least 21 years of age to taste wines at the Sandestin Wine Festival. Non-drinking festival guests are welcome to attend the Grand Wine Tasting with their family or friends at no charge and without a wristband.

Complimentary tram rides are provided from the event parking lot to the festival area.

In the event of inclement weather, tents will provide cover throughout the festival.

A special discount package is available for festival attendees staying at the resort. Room rates for festival guests start at $179 per night* with promotion code “WINE14” when making reservations. The package includes complimentary tram service during the weekend’s events. 

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort has repeatedly been voted the No. 1 resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast, by the readers of Emerald Coast magazine. The 2,400 acre resort sits near the picturesque area of Destin, which TripAdvisor has ranked No. 3 among its “top 10 destinations on the rise” in the United States.

It offers a variety of vacation rental accommodations; golf, tennis and water sports; sugary beaches, with full beach services; a marina; walking and biking trails; fitness center and day spa; and a pedestrian village, complete with shopping, dining and night life.

More information can be found at Reservations can be booked online or by calling 866.91.BEACH (866-912-3224).

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Mar 20, 2014
Terri Judson

Lorain Port Authority dedicates new Jet Express terminal – Chronicle

U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, holds the end of the ribbon as Rick Novak, executive director of the Lorain Port Authority, ushers in Betty Sutton, a former U.S. congresswoman and now administrator of the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, and other officials Tuesday as they cut the ribbon for the Lorain Port Authority ferry terminal. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, holds the end of the ribbon as Rick Novak, executive director of the Lorain Port Authority, ushers in Betty Sutton, a former U.S. congresswoman and now administrator of the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, and other officials Tuesday as they cut the ribbon for the Lorain Port Authority ferry terminal. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Lorain Port Authority executive director Rick Novak is banking on more boating excursions and a new passenger terminal to boost ridership for Jet Express trips from Lorain.

A 5,000-square-foot building just south of the Bascule Bridge was dedicated Tuesday as the new home for the Jet Express, which offers trips from Lorain to Put-in-Bay and downtown Cleveland.

The new $900,000 ferry terminal will offer passengers an indoor waiting area along with restrooms, places to sit and an information desk with literature touting area attractions.

“We’d like to turn a profit this year,” said Novak, who emceed Tuesday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The high-speed boat’s trips to Put-in-Bay have drawn customers in its first two years, but it is the special excursions which have done well, Novak said.

The new Port Authority ferry terminal is at the Black River Landing site in Lorain.

The new Port Authority ferry terminal is at the Black River Landing site in Lorain.

Those trips have taken riders to Cleveland Browns games as well as wine-tastings and other events at the Lake Erie Island such as “Christmas in July.”

“We generally do better when trips are tied to special events such as wine festivals,” Novak said.

The Jet Express began offering limited service from Lorain’s Black River in 2012, when 785 people boarded the boat. That number climbed to 1,100 in 2013, and Novak hopes to top that this summer and fall.

Novak said turning a profit will depend on increased ridership and good weather, both of which would offset rising costs for fuel and other operations.

The 2014 season, which begins in May, will also offer beer-tasting excursions as well as trips to downtown Cleveland for those wanting to visit the Horseshoe Casino and other Cleveland attractions.

U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, heralded the new building as a tangible means of refuting the “rust belt” label long used to describe struggling cities of the industrialized Midwest.

Kaptur instead termed the area “the opportunity belt” as she addressed about 50 officials and others at Tuesday’s dedication of the facility.

Novak gave commendations to U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Cleveland, and former congresswoman Betty Sutton — who now serves as administrator of the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. — for their efforts to help make the ferry terminal a reality.

The terminal building was paid for with Port Authority funds and a U.S. Department of Transportation grant.

The Black River Landing development began in the early 1990s when the city and Port Authority approached LTV Steel Co. about what would eventually be the steelmaker’s donation of waterfront property along the Black River. The Port Authority also had to gain access to an old railroad storage yard on the land that wound up being purchased from CSX, Novak said.

Tuesday’s dedication of the $900,000 Black River Landing ferry terminal building came a year to the day after ground was broken for the project in 2013.

The new building will also house a renovated 50,000-watt lens that guided Lake Erie shipping for years from the Lorain lighthouse. The lens was returned to the city earlier in the month after the Port of Lorain Foundation negotiated a 15-year lease with the U.S. Coast Guard, which owns it.

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Mar 20, 2014
Terri Judson

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Mar 20, 2014
Terri Judson

Spring kicks off with wine festivals

Santa Barbara County will herald spring with several events celebrating local food and wines — perfect chances for aficionados to meet winemakers and chefs.

Two of the prominent events are the Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure (March 29-30) and the Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend (April 10-13).

The nonprofit Garagiste Festival: “Southern Exposure” returns to the Veterans Memorial Hall in Solvang for the second year. Last year’s one-day Garagiste sold out, so organizers added Sunday this year to accommodate more guests — and more winemakers, with at least 60 divided over two days. This year’s event is also likely to sell out.

Garagiste (gar-uh-zhe-stuh) is a French term used to describe a small, independent winemaker who works below the radar and — in many cases — out of his or her garage.

The co-founders of Garagiste, Stewart McLennan and Doug Minnick, held the first Garagiste Festival outside of Paso Robles in November 2011 to focus on the Central Coast wine industry’s smallest of the small — winemakers who make fewer than 1,500 cases per year.

The majority of the winemakers who participate in the Paso Robles or Solvang Garagiste festivals produce less than 500 cases of wine each year, and 80 percent are too small to have tasting rooms, said Garagiste’s Melanie Webb, publicist for McLennan and Minnick since April 2011.

New this year is a Friday Pizza and Wine Pairing Party, during which 11 winemakers will pour alongside gourmet wood-fired pizzas, pastas, cheese and antipasti prepared by Chef David Ceccini at his Cecco Ristorante in Solvang.

In addition, “Southern Exposure” will include two morning seminars. On Saturday, three winemakers who make wine from grapes grown in the new Ballard Canyon appellation will participate in “Rhones Rule: The Wines of Ballard Canyon,” and on Sunday, three pinot noir producers will discuss “A Pinot Noir Primer from the Roots Up.”

Nearly half of scheduled winemakers are first-time Garagiste participants. The organizers describe these tiny producers as their “soon-to-break-out discoveries” who are available for “personal interaction” with the guests.

“I like that the Garagiste organizers scaled back on the size of the participants that pour at the events,” said Ron Hill, winemaker/owner of A-non-ah-mus Wines of Orcutt. “It gives the consumer the opportunity to find labels that aren’t big enough to find shelf space, or have a large distribution.”

As with prior Garagistes, all proceeds from the Solvang event will benefit Cal Poly’s Wine Viticulture Department.

For information and tickets, visit http://

The second event is the 31st annual April Vintners Festival — this year on April 12 at Buellton’s River View Park.

The Santa Barbara County Vintners Association (SBCVA) rebranded the festival as the “Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend,” and added a full slate of separate auxiliary events from Thursday evening to Sunday, among them dinners with winemakers, vineyard walks, a barrel toasting seminar and tasting, a series of educational seminars and a golf tournament hosted by “Sideways” author and playwright Rex Pickett.

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Mar 19, 2014
Terri Judson

Las Vegas Welcomes The 2015 International Pastry Championships Thanks to …

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The Culinary Capital of the World!

Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) March 18, 2014

The world’s top pastry chefs, chocolatiers and bakers will converge on Las Vegas in 2015 to join in a celebration of epic proportions. These culinary masters will delight festival attendees as they create their signature treats and compete for the title of World’s Best Pastry Chef. Master chefs from around the world will come together for the first time to place their bids for the coveted International Pastry Championship Award. 10 countries will compete in what will be the most delicious food challenge the world has ever seen. Participants have been confirmed from a variety of exotic places such as Japan, China, Korea, USA (Las Vegas), Mexico, Singapore/Malaysia, Netherlands, France, UK and Brazil.

For many, the term “pastry” has become synonymous with breakfast, however this event promises to introduce patrons the high-end (and highly competitive) world of this extremely artistic culinary subculture. Guests will have get a sizzling sneak peek at the fast-paced world of competitive cooking as chefs face off against each other to see which nation will win the title of World Champion. The festival offers a first class program which will cover a wide spectrum of events including an ice carving demonstration, a fruit carving competition and the Below Zero Demo, where chefs use nitrogen to create exotic delicacies.

Patrons will have the chance to learn new techniques as well as sample each expertly crafted confection as they tour the festival, tantalizing their senses and indulging their palates in the finest pastries the world has to offer. From the darkest and most decadent chocolate based desserts to whimsical fruit flavored tarts and treats, the International Pastry Championships offers guests the exciting opportunity to take a taste tour d’force, on a global scale. Side by side with a full food trade show the championship will be a huge spectator sport.

The championship is being organized by Barcelona Enterprises, a company that has become famous for the food and wine festivals that it hosts. Recently featured in Food Beverage Magazine as someone to watch in the Las Vegas scene, Barcelona Enterprises CEO Alan Semsar has earned a reputation for throwing first class events that benefit numerous charities and organizations throughout the U.S.

“We are so pleased and honored to take on the challenge of hosting The International Pastry Championships,” Semsar stated. “It gives us the opportunity to introduce our audience to a world of elegant desserts that they may otherwise never get to sample, while chefs from around the globe will get the chance to experience Las Vegas first hand. I hope that this is the first step for us in taking our charity work to the next level, the worldwide platform.”

Proceeds from this elegant affair will benefit Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity.

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