Beethoven’s Birthday Bash

Join Piano Cleveland in celebrating Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday with a family-friendly afternoon of games, balloons, face painting, and the incredible Beethoven Bake-Off!

When: Thursday, August 6, 3:00 pm-6:00 pm

  • 2:00 pm Check-in and set up for entrants
  • 3:00 pm Festivities begin! Play, eat, and vote for your favorite entry
  • 4:30 pm Announcement of winners

Where: Linsalata Alumni Center | Case Western Reserve University

Who: You and your family, amateur and professional bakers, and anyone who wants to help celebrate piano and Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday!

How: Please register by June 30, 2020. Call 216-707-5397 or email [email protected].

Cost: Free!

Bake-Off FAQs:

  • You may register as an Amateur (individuals who bake at home for family and friends) or Professional (commercial bakeries may enter as a business or individuals who earn an income from selling their baked goods).
  • Contestants can enter any dessert baked good, including cakes, cookies, dessert bars, cakey breads, scones or muffins.
  • Each baker can only enter one item.
  • All entries must be themed or designed to represent the man himself: Ludwig van Beethoven. Along with their baked item, entrants are required to bring an ingredient list.
  • Baked goods will be judged based on appearance, taste and creativity.
  • Entrants should check-in between 2:00 and 3:00 on August 6.
Rules and Regulations for the Beethoven Bake-Off
  • Entries must represent Beethoven by design or theme.
  • Entries must be big enough for 30-50 bite size portions.
  • Judges will determine the winner of the Individual and Bakery category based on the following criteria: appearance, taste and creativity.
  • Entrants may only submit 1 dessert entry.
  • All baked goods in the contest must be made at home (not store bought). No boxed mixes (i.e. brownies, cakes, cookies made by adding oil/butter/egg to a mix).
  • Entrants must bring their own serving utensil and cutting knife for their dessert.
  • Decisions of the judges are final in all matters relating to this contest.
  • Each entry must use baking as the primary method of preparation.
  • Baked goods must be entered in the name of the person who made it.
  • Bring completely decorated desserts. No major on-site decorating.
  • Deliver each entry to the Linsalata Alumni Center on the campus of Case Western Reserve University on ONE plate/platter/dish. Be sure to put a piece of tape on the bottom of your serving plate/platter/dish and write your name/email/phone on the tape/index card, so we can make sure each dish is returned to the right person after the reception.
  • We will not be responsible for lost, broken, and/or eaten items.
  • Contestants agree to be quoted and/or photographed and to use of their names/photographs without compensation.
  • If you cannot attend the events, please make sure one representative is there to collect your plate, serving utensil and any prizes.
  • Cross marketing required from each participating professional baker/bakery.
Benefits and Prizes

Amateur Baker

  • 1st Place cash prize of $350 in this category
  • Social media shout-outs
  • 2 tickets to the Competition Finals on Friday, August 7 at Severance Hall

Additional Prizes (Amateurs only)

  • $50 Most Musical
  • $50 Best Beethoven Representation
  • $50 Most Creative

Professional Baker/Bakery

  • All participating bakeries will receive a ¼ ad in the official Competition commemorative program book.
  • All bakeries may set out information cards at the Competition Information Table, located in the lobby of the Cleveland Museum of Art from July 27 – August 6.
  • Winner named “Official Baker/Bakery of the 2020 Cleveland International Piano Competition”.
  • Winner will receive a shout-out during the WCLV ideastream live broadcast of the Final Round. Final Round takes place at Severance Hall on August 7 and 8.
  • 2 tickets to the Competition Finals on Friday, August 7 at Severance Hall.
  • Winner will be announced and tagged on all social media networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).
  • Winner will be listed as corporate sponsor on the Competition website page.