This past weekend I had the very difficult job of being a cake judge at the 2013 German Festival at the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village in Amherst. The other judges included our good friend Christa Glennie Seychew and BNHV curator Jessica Johnson. We were tasked with trying three cakes from home cooks and judging them on taste, presentation, baking skills and cohesiveness. Cake #1 was an Apple Cake with pecans and topped with a cream cheese frosting. Cake #2 was a four layer Black Forest cake with coconut, whipped cream and shaved chocolate. Cake #3 was the winner; it was a dense two layer orange cake with cream cheese frosting and topped/filled with lots of raspberries and blueberries. We were fortunate that the three home cooks knew what they were doing.
It was my first time attending the German Festival or visiting the Heritage Village, and I was impressed with the size of the event and how much was going on. Lots of live music, a nice beer tent with plenty of
German European brews on tap (I love a good Hoegaarden on draft), a homebrewing demonstration and several vendors. Alli and I grabbed a delicious bratwurst and some potato salad from the fine folks at Craving (formerly Sample Restaurant). It was a pretty cool event and I’m looking forward to checking out the upcoming Scottish Festival this August.