TLC Festival 2017 happened on November 4th. If I’m not mistaken, it was the third year of the said event. I went the first year, skipped the next, and went again this year. Both times I attended, I had only one purpose: meet the Cake Boss himself, Buddy Valastro.
I wasn’t successful that first time because I went too early and got so bored, so I left before Buddy Valastro made an appearance. Don’t mistake the event as boring though. There were a lot of booths there that offer different workshops as well as stores and kiosks. I managed to snag a spot on the calligraphy workshop but failed to get on the pottery class. After the workshop and going around, I got bored and sleepy (I haven’t slept that day yet) so I left and went to my aunt’s house that’s nearby the Bonifacio High Street where the event took place.
Flash forward to the event this year, I’m now armed with the knowledge that I might get bored since I didn’t sign up for workshops this time, I went there a little after lunch. It was perfect timing because I was able to go around the event area and I accomplished my mission which was to meet the Cake Boss.
You might wonder what the hell is it about meeting Buddy Valastro. In case you might not know, I am a pastry chef. Back when I was still in culinary school, and was at the phase where I was studying Baking and Pastry Arts, I was thrust into a wedding cake designing competition along with two classmates. We have little to no clue as to what we were supposed to do or how to do and execute our ideas back then, so I had the brilliant idea of binge-watching his TLC series Cake Boss – all five seasons of it. We didn’t win nor did we place at all. It was near-disaster but it was an experience. Our cake looked cartoony and really colorful with our hand-carved figurines and the different-colored roses I made. Maybe too cute and colorful for a wedding cake, but what the hell, it’s been five years and I’ve long since moved on.
How did I meet Buddy Valastro? Well, I was just standing near a line of railings that blocked an area of the place and suddenly there was a ruckus. So when I turned to see what was happening, he was there and the rest are pictures you have to see. I can say I was just standing there. I was so close, you might be able to see his pores because I was that close. Oh, and he brought his cousin Maurizio Belgiovine with him. The first time he was here, he brought his wife Lisa.
I don’t know how to end this, so I guess this is it. Thanks for reading.
On to the next adventure. What would it be? Stay tuned.
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Andrea is an Occasional Pastry chef. Occasional Blogger. Full-time Superhero.