FL ICES Day of Sharing

Over the weekend, I had an opportunity to attend an ICES event, something I've wanted to do ever since I found out what ICES was. By the way, it's the International Cake Exploration Societe, and it's this awesome group of people who get together for classes and competitions and conventions to share the love and passion of cake decorating.

Right up my alley!

The DOS (or Day of Sharing) was in Jacksonville, FL, which is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Tampa. Just kidding, it's a 3 hour drive, through lots of back country roads, and when you have to wake up before 5am to get to get to the conference center on time, it's pretty much the worst drive in the world.

Anyway, once we finally got to Jacksonville, it was totally worth it. The day was filled with awesome demonstrations, gorgeous display cakes, the chance to talk with other decorators who are also passionate about cake (and two people even asked me if I owned my own shop! I was flattered!), and a raffle. I won a signed cookbook by Geraldine Randlesome, who is wonderful by the way. She and her husband did one of the demonstrations and I learned so much from them. They have a very obvious love for cake decorating and the pastry arts (and each other). It was sweet. :)

I also learned about a new cake decorating competition coming up in February, so I'll need to plan my entry for that. And I want to sign up for the mini classes they're offering in January. Thankfully, the classes are in Orlando, which is a little closer than Jacksonville! They are more expensive though, so it's a good thing I'm working two jobs right now.

And today I finally got my airbrush colors in the mail (except the mailroom hasn't processed all their packages yet; so I don't technically have it in my posession yet, although it's on campus!) so I'm sure next I'll be posted about all the weird colorful things I've created with the airbrush. Oh! And there's an airbrushing class in Ocala which I'm taking in 2 weeks. Another awesome opportunity I'm looking forward to! I'll keep y'all posted! :)