Last year when Team Cupcake started planning the Valley’s first Cupcake Love-in, the hope was that a few folks would buy a ticket, show up, have fun and help raise money for the selected charities. Initially, ticket sales moved at a snail’s pace until the Thursday prior to the event when suddenly, POOF! tickets were nearly sold out. Calls and requests for tickets from folks who had missed out came flooding in. Team Cupcake was at a loss. Obviously, we wanted to open the doors to everyone who wanted to come, but we also had an obligation to the hosting venue, The Hotel Valley Ho and to the safety and comfort of our ticketholders and participants as well as to the regulations put forth by the Fire Marshall to not oversell tickets.
With the experience of last year under our collective belt, we are proud to announce that the 2011 Cupcake Love-in will take place on Sunday, October 30, 2011. The Hotel Valley Ho has once again generously offered to sponsor the venue and will provide an additional ballroom. This means that there will more of the Valley’s talented pastry chefs, bakers, restaurants and caterers on hand with their sweet treats and more tickets available for purchase! More tickets mean that more funds will be raised for this year’s beneficiary, Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS). As the largest provider of shelter and services to the Valley’s homeless, CASS was an easy choice for us. Currently, CASS provides shelter and services to families and individuals, including our veterans. It is able to provide nearly 1000 folks with a place to sleep each night. To learn more about CASS, please visit their website at www.cassaz.org and learn about other ways you may help in addition to attending the Cupcake Love-in.
A few additions and changes have been made in an effort to make this year’s event even bigger and better than the last! For example, a VIP reception has been added from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. for those cupcake fanatics who want an early crack at tasting the mini offerings of our chefs. For $50, you may arrive an hour prior to the official opening of the doors and enjoy a savory bite courtesy of Chefs Wiley and Currid at Café ZuZu, a welcome beverage, more time to visit with your favorite Valley cupcake makers and a VIP gift bag created exclusively for the Cupcake Love-in by a local Valley artist EA Designs and filled with a selection of treats ranging from Singing Dog Vanilla samples to Fairytale Brownies to name a few. There will be 100 VIP tickets available this year.
This year, each guest will be given a wristband with 7 cupcake sampling tickets. If one still has room for more cupcakes, additional sampling tickets will be available for purchase on site. All proceeds will benefit CASS.
The same fun activities that were so popular last year including the kids cupcake decorating corner, face painting, an on-site DJ, Snapbooth photo booth, Brand X t-shirts for made on-site tees, raffle prize drawings, a decorated cupcake competition for the chefs and kids, and of course, the cupcake eating competition are returning. There is something for little kids and big kids alike!
Please read on to see a number of frequently asked questions answered at last!