Confectioners compete in Cashiers Library Chocolate Cook-off

A cornucopia of chocolates of all styles and creative innovations were on hand at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library on Saturday for the 8th annual Chocolate Cook-off.

The event is held by the Friends of the Library to support programming available to the public.

Oksana Shchelgachova of Sweetlife took first place in the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library Chocolate Cookoff on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Oksana Shchelgachova

At least 200 people showed up to sample several of the sweets from professional and amateur contestants, said FoL President Bonnie Zacher.

“Every year we have more and more attendees,” said Zacher. “The community comes out to support the library and eat a ton of good chocolate.”

There are two categories in the competitive cook-off, professional and amateur. Three members of the community vote on the first, second, and third places for each category. Cook-off attendees get to cast their vote on the nicest table setting.

The winner of the professional category was Oksana Shchelgachova of Sweet Life. The winner of the amateur category was Vivian Metzger.

Shchelgachova’s pastry was made of natural ingredients, including real cream, milk, Mascarpone cheese, fruits and berries, premium chocolates, cocoa butter, and top-class biscuits. The main ingredient was Belgium fine chocolate. When it was all said and done, Shchelgachova said she enjoyed participating in the competition.

Pictured below are some chocolate treats entered into the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library Cook-off on Saturday. Photos courtesy of Oksana Shchelgachova.

“The most interesting was people’s faces when they saw my chocolate art,” she said. “People kept coming back and expressing how tasty it was and never saw anything like this. This was so much fun and a pure pleasure. I’m glad I won, but my main idea in participating was to let people try.”

FoL Treasurer Alan Vetterick said programs like Playfest, Poetry Night, Bibliophiles, Snakes Alive, and a Raptor program for the children at the Cashiers Library are only possible through support from the community. This also includes lectures that are free to the public by noted authors, artists, local historians, and naturalists.

“Of course, we greatly appreciate the support of the community,” said Vetterick. “The Friends of the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library’s vision is to enrich and inspire our community. All of our fundraising and activities are designed to benefit all the various constituencies in the community.”

The Cashiers Library’s next big fundraising event is the Book Sale that will be held in June, said Zacher.

To learn more about the Friends of the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library click HERE.

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Pictured below are photos of the Chocolate Cook-off on Saturday. Photos courtesy of Friends of the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library

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