UXBRIDGE: Annina’s Bakeshop in Goodwood is set to embark on their biggest challenge yet. Marco Cassano, owner of the bakery, stopped by Council on Monday, May 9 to garner support for Annina’s Butter Tart Day.
Marco and the team will try to break the World Record for the largest tart. The current record was set 2008, by a pair of French bakers. The tart weighed in at a remarkable 4,800 pounds!
Annina’s has set a date for Sept. 17 of this year, so everyone has more than enough time to burn off a few extra calories before taking part in the world record attempt.
Marco plans to smash the current record. Annina’s will attempt to bake a butter tart 1,000 pounds heavier than the current record and will have a 16-foot diameter. Helping Marco with the tart will be a team of approximately 100 volunteers. The dough will be made the day ahead and rolled out the morning of the event, around 7 a.m.. This means it will take approximately 8-10 hours to bake in a custom 18 by 18 foot oven being made by Cobra. In the meantime, Annina’s will have family friendly entertainment to hold over the hungry tummies. They plan to have a jumping castle, face painting, and balloon animals, plus other potential entertainment such as a craft area and music areas.
A World Record attempt is sure to bring plenty of tourism to Goodwood and the surrounding Uxbridge area, which is a positive for the community and local business. Heritage Railway has indicated interest in running with a Goodwood stop and Annina’s is open to Uxbridge Trail representatives coming out to promote it as ‘Canada’s Trail Capital’.
Not only will this be a great tourist attraction for the town of Uxbridge, but it’s also for a great cause. 5% of the proceeds of every butter tart sold will go to Sick Kids Hospital and their will also be donation boxes set up as a ‘pay what you can’ alternative. All proceeds from the donation boxes will also go to Sick Kids.
“I just woke up one day and had this idea,” laughed Mr. Cassano when asked how Annina’s came up with this.
Town Councilors support Annina’s. “What you do at Christmas is amazing,” said Uxbridge Mayor, Gerri Lynn O’Connor, referring to the various charity work Annina’s does for the community.
A location has not yet been finalized, but Mr. Cassano plans to use Annina’s Bakeshop and the surrounding area.
For more information about Annina’s and all they do, visit www.anninasbakeshop.com.