Sunday, May 29, 2011

Lebanon Strawberry Festival - June 2-5 features the World's Largest Shortcake

102nd Annual Strawberry Festival
Dates: June 2-5, 2011.
Location: Cheadle Lake Regional Park
Santiam Hwy. / Weirich Dr., south of town
Lebanon California

This event began in 1909. Back then strawberries cost 2 to 4 cents per pound. The festivals main treat is a Giant Shortcake that feeds 15,000 people and contains up to 1,000 pounds of fruit.

That cake is made every year, not in an ordinary kitchen but at a local grocery store baker. The shortcake calls for 514 cups of sugar, 224 cups of shortening, 192 cups of eggs, 992 cups of flour, 576 teaspoons of salt, 2048 teaspoons of baking powder, 448 cups of milk and 18 cups of vanilla.

In 1975, there was a "Battle of the Shortcakes" between Lebanon and Garden Grove, California. Lebanon won easily. The Lebanon cake weighed 5,700 pounds and served about 16,000. The Garden Grove cake weighed 1,200 pounds and served 3,000.

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