Get ready for some tricolor sugar. There’s only one confection that is worthy of Carnival royalty and NOLA Defender will be serving it up in volume tomorrow. NoDef’s King Cake Walk will return to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art on February 5 from 6p.m. to 8p.m.
The third annual contest will feature reigning champion Bittersweet Confections along with Cake Café who missed a repeat by two votes. Two dozen other Carnival confectionary competitors will join them. The 101 Drummers with War Chief Juan Pardo are performing for Ogden After Hours.
Guests can sample all of the cakes, then vote on their favorites. NoDef will count all of the votes and name a winner the next day. Guests can submit comments on the cakes through Twitter for NoDef to include in our write up on Friday.
NoDef Editor B.E. Mintz says, “The Cake Walk is one of our favorite events of the year. Who doesn’t love the opportunity to overindulge in King Cake. Plus, the outstanding art on display at the Ogden really takes the evening to the next level.”
Traditional king cake makers such as Haydel’s and Gambino’s are sure to go fast, but tasters are becoming increasingly adventurous. Cake Café's apple and goat cheese confection is a perennial favorite.
Other participants include Swiss Confectioners, PJ’s, Cochon, Laurel Street Bakery, Tartine, Mr. Gregory’s, Sucré, Fresh Market, Whole Foods, and Randazzo’s.
The Drummers are essentially the drum section of the 101 Runners. Throughout the evening, they will perform traditional Mardi Gras Indian music. The setlist will span from funk influenced to classic call and response.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and admission is free for museum member and $10 for non-members. There will be a full bar.