2012 UMBA Convention in Review

Upper Midwest Bakery Association Convention
Annual Convention 2012

UMBA 2012 Convention REFRESHED participants with new energy and insights on excellence in the baking industry. Over 600 people attended the two day event February 25 – 26 at Treasure Island Resort and Casino, Red Wing, Minnesota. Participants came from the wider Midwest region including the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan. There was a wide spectrum of interests represented; educational institutions – students – instructors – food service providers, wide variety of bakeries; retail – in store – wholesale – one item shops – deli’s/cafes – manufacturing plants and potential providers. Cake and bread shops were well represented.

Vendors from all facets of the industry were represented: attire, educational institutions, bakery suppliers, cake decorating suppliers, publications, fine chocolates, beverage providers, equipment suppliers, packaging, baking molds, and a variety of other bakery needs

Thirteen Educational Sessions covered: decorating principles, baking techniques, social media, legal issues, merchandising, and special issues: sugar show pieces, bowl costing and gluten free baking.

Contests are a major attraction at the UMBA convention. Three contests were a part of the convention: Deco Cake/Sugar Arts Competition, Baked Foods Competition, and Expo Challenge Competition. The display area was completely filled.

The banquet was more than filled. Over 300 people were present with anticipation of who would win the awards to be presented and who would win one of the four 42” TV sets that were given out as door prizes. Three Hall of Fame inductees were announced. The annual scholarship was presented…. And the TV’s were gladly accepted.

Other features included bowling from 9:00 PM until the evening was complete. Sunday morning there was a brunch on the show floor and a “Buyer’s Fair.”

On to next year’s bigger and better show!

2013 Upper Midwest Association Convention February 23 – 24
Treasure Island Resort and Casino, Red Wing, MN
Mark your calendars for the best convention yet.




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2012 Baked Foods Contest Winners & Photos
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2012 Deco Cake – Sugar Art Contest Winners & Photos

The Deco Cake/ Sugar Arts competition drew 55 entries in three different categories: Wedding Cake; Sculpted Cake; and Novelty Cake. There were two levels of entries: Advanced and Student/Beginner. Nine gold medals were awarded.

Gold medal winners:

Travis Hanson- Timeless Traditions Cakes & Confections- Beginner Wedding
Barb Cossette- Quality Bakery- Advance Wedding
Jessica Bartl- Jessica’s Cakes- Advance Wedding
Camille Anderson- Quality Bakery- Beginner Novelty
Stephanie Schurman- Cold Spring Bakery- Advanced Novelty
Rhoda Schultz- HyVee 1394- Advanced Novelty
Amanda Hansen- Coborns- Advanced Novelty
Shari Jarett- Gingerbread House Bakery- Advanced Novelty
Katie Okochi- Lunds Uptown- Advanced Novelty

Best of Show trophies and $100 in prize money went to Camille Anderson of Quality Bakery in the Beginner category and Jessica Bartl of Jessica’s Cakes in the Advanced category.

Camille Anderson also won the trophy and $100 in the People’s Choice Awards in the beginner category while Sara Hansen of Central Market took home the money and trophy in the Advanced category.

• Sarah Olson – Hanisch Bakery and Coffee Shop – Red Wing, Minn.
• Keeann Martineau – Jerry’s Foods – Edina, Minn.

The first place winner, Keeann Martineau, who will represent UMBA at the Pillsbury Bakers Plus Competition at “All Things Baking” in Houston on September 9-11. The second place winner was Sarah Olson who is from Hanisch Bakery and Coffee Shop, Red Wing, MN.

2012 American Bakery Expo Challenge Winners & Photos

Keeann Martineau took top honors in this year’s Expo Challenge. As the first place winner, she will represent UMBA at the Pillsbury Bakers Plus Creative Decorating Competition at “All Things Baking” in Houston on September 9-11. The second place winner was Sarah Olson who is the alternate.

The Expo Challenge consisted of four decorators competing for eight hours on site. They competed in five categories: Wedding Cake; Sculpted Cakes; Fondant Cakes; Custom Designs; and Flowers and Sprays.

Contestants were:

• Sarah Olson – Hanisch Bakery and Coffee Shop – Red Wing, MN.
• Keeann Martineau – Jerry’s Foods – Edina, MN
• Jaime VanderWoude – Byerly’s , Edina, MN
• Barb Cossette- Quality Bakery, Fargo, ND

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2011 UMBA Convention Deco Cake/Sugar Arts Competition Winners & Photos
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2011 UMBA Convention Baked Foods Contest Winners
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