What is BakeCamp?
BakeCamp is a one-of-a-kind event that brings together top best professional and amateur bakers and local foodies for an unforgettable afternoon of baked-goods tastings, great conversation, family fun, and the chance to give back to animals in need.
Produced by BakeSpace.com, the award-winning recipe swap community and DIY cookbook publishing platform launched in 2006.
Where is BakeCamp being held?
BakeCamp is kicking off in our home town -- Los Angeles, California!
- Oct. 7th: Hollywood
- Oct 14th: Pacific Palisades
- Oct. 22nd: San Fernando Valley
Stay tuned for addition cities across the country coming soon!
What is the difference in tastings?
To keep our cookie eaters happy and the line moving, there will be dividing our events into two tasting events. This will allow our attendees to meet all the bakers and keep the day pleasant for everyone.
How much of my ticket goes to charity?
Last time we raised $8,000 at Cupcake Camp LA. This year, our goal is to raise $15,000. A donation will be made to PAW WORKS after each event (target goal is $5,000 after each event).
Will there be cookies I can eat?
Yes! You'll have over 50 cookies to choose from baked in advance by professional and amateur bakers. Cookies will be individually wrapped so you can take them home (or eat them there!). Each baker will have the opportunity pass out small samples if they choose. You'll be able to choose cookie packages when you purchase your tickets (5, 15 and 25 cookies cookies). You can also add more cookies to your tickets.
Where can I find the venue details for each BakeCamp?
Visit the Buy Tickets page for details.
How long do tastings last?
We will be running multiple tastings throughout each day. These tastings will last 2.5 hours. Some venues will allow guests to remain on site to enjoy their amenities and activities, although tastings will only be offered to guests for the specific paid tasting period.
Are tickets refundable?
Yes. But only up to 30 days prior to the event. Because this is a charity event, please understand there are no refunds 30 days before event. Your ticket will go directly to the charity after the event.
If I can't go to one tasting, can I change my ticket to attend another?
Send us a message and we can change your ticket for another tasting. Changes must be made one week before event. No same day changes. Sorry, it's the only way we can anticipate how the day will go.
For Our Cookie Bakers
How do I sign up to Bake?
We welcome all bakers. Hobbyists and seasoned veterans. Head to our BAKER SIGNUP page for details.
Can I participate in all three events?
Yes, definately. We'd love to have the same bakers at each event, but we're open to what you can do. Simply let us know on the baker signup form which events you can make it to.
How much does it cost to participate?
It's free! In fact, we are planning on providing as many of the basic ingredients to the bakers as possible via our sponsors.
How many cookies will I need to bake to participate?
At least 300 cookies per day (100 cookies per tasting). For the cookies you will pass out, they must be full-sized cookies. If you would like to pass out samples, you may do so, but that does not require a tasting ticket.
We have done our best to provide ingredients we have sponsored (such as flour). We also added some non-perishables such as chocolate and sugar to test the waters and see what we can handle. We also are restricted to buying in bulk. So if your specialty, vegan, gluten-free item is not available at Restaurant Depot or Costco (or one of the basic places) and we can't get it in bulk -- please consider that your responsibility. We are not charging for a table (even if you are a pro business). Every dollar we spend on cookies is a dollar less we can give to the rescue (which is the whole point of this event).
Can I bring more than one cookie flavor?
Please plan on bringing only one cookie flavor. Having one flavor will allow us to promote your participation to attendees in a clearly defined way. It will help level the playing field for each baker and not confuse attendees.
Do we bake or decorate our cookies at the event?
All cookies must be baked (and individually wrapped) at home and brought to the event. There will not be any cooking facilities provided. You may decorate cookies on site if it's part of your display.
Can I sell cookies at the event?
Unfortunately, no. This is a charity event. Attendees have pre-purchased cookie tasting tickets in exchage for free cookies. However, you can decorate your table and pass out business cards, share your social media channels with attendees. Bakers are not allowed to ask attendees for email addresses or contact info of attendees during event.
What can I do to promote my participation before the event?
BakeCamp has a great following across a variety of social media platforms. If you'd like for us to use your information, and applicable images in an awareness campaign, we would happily consider this. Please reach out to us via our Contact Us page, and we'll get back to you to discuss.
We will also be creating a blog post to promote your cookie. Definately share that and we'll retweet, etc.
Is there a cookie competition?
Yes! Each event will crown one pro and one amateur baker to take home an "LA's Favorite Baker" trophy.
The winner of the amateur category will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to collaborate with TheCravory.com to create a "Cookie of the Month" that will be sold on their online store.
How does judging happen? Each attendee will be given a pro and ameature token to give to the cookie bakers they want to win. The bakers in each category with the most tokens at the end of the day will win a BakeCamp Cookie trophy and bragging rights.
For the Grand Prize cookie collab with The Cravory, our panel of expert judges will vote for the Grand Prize winner. Winner will be announced 2 weeks after our final event (sometime in November).
How can I decorate my area?
BakeCamp will provide beach baker with a table, linen, napkins and cookie map sign so attendees can follow along with their map. You may decorate your space. If you have questions, please contact us anytime.
What is the day like?
There will be dozens of baker tables situated throughout the venues. Hundreds of guests will stroll about through throughout the day. Our charity dog rescue will even bring puppies (outside)! There will be coffee, water, etc, inside, and other social activities as well.
The vibe is fun and everyone is there for a good cause.
This is a family friendly event.
Where do bakers park at the event?
There will be FREE parking available at every venue for our bakers and volunteers.
Can I decorate or finish my cookies at the the event?
Yes definitely! In fact, attendees would love to see you decorating or sharing how you made your cookies.
When will the trophy be given out?
Just before the final tasting of the day is over, bakers will count their tokens. In the event of a tie, our charity (PAW WORKS) will get to pick their favorite cookie. The winning bakers in each category (pro and amateur) will be announced and crowned "L.A.'s Favorite Cookie Baker" and be given a trophy.
What do I need to know before the event?
- All cookies must be pre-packaged.
- Please arrive an hour before the event begins to identify your table and set up
- Bring some snacks/lunch to each between sessions
- If you can't make it, let us know ASAP.
- If you change your recipe, let us know ASAP so we can make sure your cookie is in the correct part of our cookie map.
- If you have any questions or problems, let us know. We're here to help!
Can I bring a cookie helper?
Yes, you can! You can bring one additional cookie helper. Due to parking limitations (one parking pass per baker), please carpool. Each of you will also get cookie tasting tickets when you arrive so you can walk around and grab cookies too!
Kids count as your cookie helper if you bring them -- so please only bring one person with you to each event. Thank you!
Will there be a safe area to store my extra cookies, purse, etc?
Each table will have a small storage area for cookies. It will not be locked, so keep valuables in your car.
For Volunteers (Not Bakers)
Where do I sign up to volunteer?
Thank you for wanting to help to make BakeCamp amazing. Your help is appreciated!
You can sign up here! Simply fill out our google form for volunteers and someone from our team will be in touch soon to coordinate.
What do I get when I volunteer?
All our volunteers get free cookie tasting tickets so you'll be able to try cookies and meet all the bakers! You'll also spend the day with the most adorable puppies ever. You'll take home a gift bag (just like attendees). And you'll be part of cookie history, helping to crown L.A.'s Favorite Cookie Baker. Sign up to volunteer here!