Cinnamon Bun Challenge Winners

The Vancouver Foodster Cinnamon Bun Challenge was a great success featuring unique creations at bakeries and cafes around Metro Vancouver. Each bakery featured their creation on their menu from October 7-31, 2020. and their customers voted for their favourites daily throughout the challenge for their People’s Choice favourites.

The Winners are:

1st Place:

{113 points}

Solly’s Bagelry

Solly’s Lollybun

Price: $5.25

Created by:Leah Markovitch

Our Solly’s Cinnamon Bun ‘Lollybun’ is made with a Thick layer of Solly’s Cream Cheese Icing sandwiched between two slim Delicious Solly’s Cinnamon Buns on a Lolly Stick ‘to go’!!

Available: All day, 7 days a week.

Solly’s Bagelry

368 West 7th Avenue

Phone:(604) 675-9750

4071 Main Street

Phone:(604) 229-2638

2873 West Broadway

Phone:(604) 738-2121

Web: http://www.sollysbagelry.com

Twitter: @SollysBagelry

Instagram @sollysbagelry

2nd Place (tie):

{103 points}

Covert Neighbourhood Cafe

The Deep Covert Classic Cinnamon Bun

Price: $5.25

Created by: J. Paul Mackenzie, developed from a family recipe

Description: A traditional hand made cinnamon bun, laced with butter, dark brown sugar, and rich cinnamon. Finished with fluffy cream cheese icing and love.

Ingredients: sugar, flour, butter, salt, yeast, milk, water, cream cheese, butter, vanilla extract and powder sugar

Available: Daily after 11am until 4pm

Covert Neighbourhood Cafe

4387 Gallant Ave, North Vancouver

Tel: (604) 984-2683

Web: https://www.covertcafe.ca/

Instagram @covertneighbourhoodcafe

2nd Place (tie):

{103 points}

Italia Bakery

Maple Glazed Pumpkin Buns

Price: $5.99

Created by: Sam Pero

Description: Handcrafted pumpkin dough rolled out and filled with a pumpkin spice butter spread. Topped with a maple cream cheese icing.

Offered: All the time

Italia Bakery

2828 East Hastings Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604.251.6800

Web: http://www.italiabakery.ca/

Twitter: @italiabakery

Instagram @italiabakery

In the People’s Choice Awards category, the public who tried the Cinnamon Bun Creations were the ones who had the opportunity to cast their vote throughout the challenge.

The Winners are:

1st Place People’s Choice:

Covert Neighbourhood Cafe

The Deep Covert Classic Cinnamon Bun

Price: $5.25

Created by: J. Paul Mackenzie, developed from a family recipe

Description: A traditional hand made cinnamon bun, laced with butter, dark brown sugar, and rich cinnamon. Finished with fluffy cream cheese icing and love.

Ingredients: sugar, flour, butter, salt, yeast, milk, water, cream cheese, butter, vanilla extract and powder sugar

Available: Daily after 11am until 4pm

Covert Neighbourhood Cafe

4387 Gallant Ave, North Vancouver

Tel: (604) 984-2683

Web: https://www.covertcafe.ca/

Instagram @covertneighbourhoodcafe

2nd Place People’s Choice:

Solly’s Bagelry

Solly’s Lollybun

Price: $5.25

Created by:Leah Markovitch

Our Solly’s Cinnamon Bun ‘Lollybun’ is made with a Thick layer of Solly’s Cream Cheese Icing sandwiched between two slim Delicious Solly’s Cinnamon Buns on a Lolly Stick ‘to go’!!

Available: All day, 7 days a week.

Solly’s Bagelry

368 West 7th Avenue

Phone:(604) 675-9750

4071 Main Street

Phone:(604) 229-2638

2873 West Broadway

Phone:(604) 738-2121

Web: http://www.sollysbagelry.com

Twitter: @SollysBagelry

Instagram @sollysbagelry

3rd Place People’s Choice:

Italia Bakery

Maple Glazed Pumpkin Buns

Price: $5.99

Created by: Sam Pero

Description: Handcrafted pumpkin dough rolled out and filled with a pumpkin spice butter spread. Topped with a maple cream cheese icing.

Offered: All the time

Italia Bakery

2828 East Hastings Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604.251.6800

Web: http://www.italiabakery.ca/

Twitter: @italiabakery

Instagram @italiabakery

Our media judging panel determined the ultimate winners of the challenge, and this was quite the task as each judge who tasted each creation with a rigorous process based on taste, originality/uniqueness and presentation/appearance.

Each media judge scored each creation with a maximum of 40 points as follows: Overall Taste 20 points, Originality and Uniqueness 10 points, Presentation and Appearance 10 points. The highest number of points a challenge creation could have been awarded is 120 points.

Our Media judges for this challenge were: Deanna Woo, David Grange and AJ Heraghty.

Thank you to the chefs and establishments that accepted my invitation and featured their cinnamon buns on the menu for the past few weeks during this challenge.

I encourage you to visit the winning places to try their Cinnamon buns creations! See the entries here.

By: Richard Wolak