Flan Fest highlights

28 competitors lined up with traditional and non-traditional variations of this cultural staple of local cusine to be judged on taste, presentation, and texture. 


Entries included flans large and small, with mix-ins including citrus, cheese, alcohol, fruit, and even bacon (yes!  bacon flan!). 


For $5, spectators were able to purchase VIP passes into the competition area, allowing them to sample as much of the competing desserts as their hearts desired. 


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The competitors ranged from 13-year-old Miranda Rametta to local chef Maria Griffin, whose confections can be found in several Bay-area restaurants. 


However, in the end, no one could overtake Jenna Lociero's third generation family recipe in the traditional category or Angelina Noble's non-traditional "Chocolate Dream" flan.


For all the enthusiasts who still wanted more after the winners were announced, the Saturday Market hosted an assortment of flan-centric activities, including four flan walks and a no-hands flan eating contest, which after a few cheaters and false starts was won by a man who seemingly inhaled his portion. 


Though the winning chefs took home cash prizes and plaques, the award for the flan eating contest was a $10 to spend anywhere in the market.  As for the flan walks, the prizes, of course, were complimentary boxes of freshly baked flan.

On Saturday, the Ybor Market put on its yearly Flan Fest, an event centered around celebrating the creamy dessert with everything from a bake-off to a flan-eating race.

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