About the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show . . .
Enjoy hundreds of spectacular award-winning cakes in the bustling and fun-filled atmosphere of the Tulsa State Fair. With stunning table settings and sublime design, you are guaranteed a visual feast at the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show. Strolling through this maze of edible art, visitors can soak up the quintessential experience – the ultimate inspiration for consumers to create the cake of their dreams.
Experienced celebrity presenters will also be on hand at this renowned event that has been featured on the Food Network. The Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show is a decorated cake artist showcase not to be missed.
Believing that excellence is achieved through competition, Vincent co-founded the nonprofit Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show with Maxine Boyington in 1993. After a three-year passage together, Ms. Boyington opted to drop out of the partnership and Vincent began an expansion with a vision that took the event to great heights.
Under the sugar art show umbrella, The Grand National Wedding Cake Competition was founded in 1996 – a specialty event, which is now the toast of the nation (USA) and sets the standard for sugar craft excellence in the United States and abroad. The event attracts competitors and participants from a wide variety of countries outside the United States – United Kingdom, Argentina, Peru, Australia, South Africa, Mexico, Canada, Sri Lanka and Brazil, to name a few.
In 2001 Kerry approached Food Network TV, a national highly rated cable channel, regarding collaboration. The end result: the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show has been taped for hour-long specials which have been aired repeatedly not only in the United States, but in 150 nations worldwide. Coupled with proven print coverage, the event has reached millions of people. Influence on the general public is also obvious when viewing brides are inspired to have their bakers duplicate the competitor’s cakes for their own weddings. The exhibition itself attracts a local audience of 80,000 visitors each year.
The Tulsa Convention and Visitors Bureau has also recognized the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show as a city icon; it is now included among 36 principal attractions in the new promotional campaign “I am Tulsa.” The City of Tulsa sent a delegation to the event to present a proclamation and citation recognizing Kerry Vincent for her services to the sugar craft community and the community at large by designating October 6, 2006 as “Kerry Vincent Day.”
The city’s lead newspaper (Tulsa World, November 17, 2007) ran a special supplement celebrating the Oklahoma State Centennial, which concluded November 2007. The citizens of Oklahoma were asked to participate in a state-wide opinion survey for their favourite foods, cookbook authors and food events, one to apply for each of the past 100 years. The Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show was voted #20 in a list of 100 state icons for the century. Those who nominated and voted came from the state’s general population. A hundred years from now when the state celebrates the bi-centennial, the event will assuredly be remembered.
On May 14, 2009, the City of Tulsa presented Vincent with an award proclaiming her a Tulsa hero for generating visitors and tourist traffic to the city for the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show.