|Award winning pastry chef, Andrea Spring joined the Sandbar Restaurant staff a few months ago. She recently put her award winning pastry chef skills to the test at the Manatee County Fair. Spring entered several of her delicious creations into the annual competition.
When all the tastings were done and the judges were crashing from carb overload she was awarded several ribbons including the top honor of Best of Show. She also received the following awards, 1 Blue Rosette – the highest blue ribbon, 1 Red Rosette, 3 Blue Ribbons and an Honorable Mention. So you might be asking which dishes won and can we get them at the Sandbar. Here is your answer…
Honey Wheat Rolls with Honey Butter. Best of Show, a Blue Rosette and a Blue Ribbon Coincidently, this is the same bread we use to make our French Toast for our Sunday Brunch and the honey is Anna Maria Honey harvested from a hive right here on Pine Avenue.
Coconut and White Chocolate Cream Pie. Blue Ribbon. On the Sandbar Dessert Menu! Save room for it!
Soft Pretzels with Beer Bacon Cheese Dip. Blue Ribbon. Might be coming to the Sandbar soon.
Chunky Bread and Butter Pickles – spicy horseradish, mustard pickler. Not your ordinary pickle! Good, balanced flavor, very crispy. Red Ribbon. You may find these at the bar at the Sandbar soon.
Florida Strawberry Shortcake. Using Gamble Creek Farm strawberries with an orange scented shortcake with homemade whipped cream, of course! Honorable mention. Available when strawberries are available.
Spring states, “The competition is pretty tough. Some of these ladies, and men, have been baking for decades. They have spent many hours refining and perfecting their recipes. This is a serious competition. Top secret. We aren’t even allowed to see the judges.”
Competitors are required to submit their entries one week before the fair starts. The entries are carried by volunteers to the area where the judges are located. The competition is open to everyone and dishes can be entered into multiple categories. This is the third year Spring has submitted dishes. Last year she received 3 red ribbons and 2 blue ribbons.
When asked why she enters this event, Spring said, “I think everyone should support county fairs and our agricultural industry. Much of the interest in and attendance at local county fairs is decreasing. These events showcase the hard work and effort of our local farmers and agricultural contributors. Everyone should attend the fair to show their appreciation. Ride the rides, see the animals, and experience the agricultural and farming culture that is the foundation of our country.”
The Manatee County Fair has been taking place annually since 1916 and is attended by an average of 100,000 each year. The fair lasts 10 days.
Ed Chiles, owner of the Sandbar, BeacHhouse and Mar Vista states, “We are very proud of Andrea and share in her support of our local county fair. We hope everyone will visit the Sandbar to enjoy all of her award winning dishes!”