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Fresh Sheet: See some of the most elaborate sugar art and cake design at the International Cake Exploration Société Convention and Show in Spokane

Let us eat cake.

Or, at least, look at some of the most elaborate cakes, sugar sculpture and chocolate art in the world.

The 42nd International Cake Exploration Société Convention and Show is Thursday through Sunday in downtown Spokane. In addition to edible artworks, the event showcases products from more than 50 vendors for baking, pastry-making, cake-decorating and other confection-related activities. It also includes all kinds of demos and classes.

The mission of the group, ICES for short, is to preserve, advance and encourage exploration of the sugar arts. This year’s theme is: “It’s Always Time for ICES.”

The sugar art galley displays hundreds of works of sugar art, including the official show cake which will incorporate iconic representations of the city of Spokane as well as the state of Washington.

All attendees – no matter their level of expertise – are encouraged to bring creations to display in the gallery. There’s no display fee, but participants must be registered convention attendees or purchase a day pass for Saturday or Sunday. A portion of the proceeds from the passes will go to the Alzheimer’s Association. Displays will be eligible for prize drawings.

Visit both the vendor hall and sugar art gallery for $35. See the sugar art gallery only for $10. The event takes place at the Spokane Convention Center. For more information, including a schedule of events and instructions for purchasing a day pass, visit

Lazy R Ranch celebrates 80 years

The Inland Northwest Food Network and LINC Foods is hosting a Farm to Table Dinner in celebration of the 80th anniversary of Lazy R Ranch, a fourth-generation ranch owned and operated by the Robinette family in Cheney.

The event begins with a guided tour of the 800-acre ranch, followed by a feast created by Molly Patrick, the executive chef at Manito Tap House and The Blackbird Tavern and Kitchen. Dinner includes wine and appetizers as well as various cuts of specially prepared grass-fed beef, organically grown vegetable dishes, freshly baked bread and a seasonal dessert.

The Inland Northwest Food Network is a nonprofit that aims to connect people, place, food and farms through education and outreach.

Dinner costs $75 per person and is from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 13 at Lazy R Ranch, 20811 W. Salnave Road in Cheney. For more information, send an email to or call (208) 546-9366. On the web:

Food Truck Friday

The Downtown Spokane Partnership has been shutting down Wall Street at lunchtime on Fridays for their new Food Truck Friday event.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays through August, find a bunch of local food trucks serving their fare. The trucks park between Main Avenue and Spokane Falls Boulevard.

For more information, visit