General Show FAQ’s

What are the dates and times of the Cake Show?
The Cake Show is open to the public from 10:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, March 16 – 17, 2019.

Competition Check-in takes place Friday, March 15th from 3:00pm to 8:00pm.

Awards Ceremony will be on Sunday, March 17th starting at 4:00pm

Where is the Cake Show?
The Exhibit Hall at The Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA

How much does it cost to attend the Cake Show?
Tickets will be $12 per person per day if purchased at the show.

Pre-sale tickets will be available at the rate of $18.00 for a weekend ticket (entrance for both Saturday & Sunday to “The Show”) or $10 one day ticket.  Pre-sale tickets will only be available until March 15, 2019.  Children 8 and under free.  Anyone signed up for the Cake Competition will receive a Weekend Ticket with their competition registration.

Does it cost to park at the Del Mar Fairgrounds?
Yes, parking fees are:

Autos and Motorcycles are $15 and RV’s are $23.  Preferred Credit Cards are now accepted for parking. New Del Mar Fairgrounds Parking Rates took effect January 1, 2019.

Note: The Del Mar Fairgrounds can change these rates. We will of course try to keep this as updated as possible.

Will there be any events for children?
Yes! Children are encouraged to enter the cake competition, they have their very own competition separated by age divisions.  There will be also be hands-on mini classes that kids are welcome to attend as well as a cupcake and cookie decoration area.

I’m coming from out of town, where should I stay?
Once we have arranged special pricing just for you with a local hotel we will provide that information on the Accommodations page.

Where can I get additional information or who can I contact if I have questions?
Please do explore the website… lots of pages & lots of information is available.  For answers not found on this website, please e-mail us at info@sandiegocakeshow.com or call us at (858) 333-6905.

Does the Del Mar Fairground rent or provide wheel chairs, scooters, or strollers?
No, sorry at this time the Del Mar Fairgrounds does not provide or rent wheelchairs, scooters, or strollers.

Why does my order say "Processing" when I've already paid?
Once you place your order and have paid in via paypal your order status will change to “Processing”.  You will receive an email with your order details at that time.   We will change your order to “Complete” just before the show so that our order system will send you an additional email – with your tickets and class purchase information- just before the show so that you don’t have to go searching for the original email … which for some could be all the way back in November … as that is when class & ticket sales started.

Class FAQ’s

When are the classes?

Full day classes are on Friday, half day and mini classes are on Saturday and Sunday.
Friday Full Day Classes: 11:00am to 7:00pm
Saturday Half Day Classes: 8:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday Half Day Classes: 8:00am to 3:00pm
Mini Classes: 10:30am to 4:30pm on Saturday and 10:30am to 3:00pm on Sunday

Who can sign up for the classes?
Everyone! We offer a variety of classes for every skill level.

Are kids allowed to take classes?
For Mini Classes – Yes, children 11 and up are allowed to sign up for any of the Mini Classes. Children 10 and younger can also take any of the Mini Classes but should be accompanied by a paid Adult.
For the Full Day & Half Day Classes –Yes, children 13 and up are allowed to sign up for any of the Half or Full Day Classes. Children 12 and younger can also take any of the Half or Full Day Classes but should be accompanied by a paid Adult.

Our “Mission” is to promote and encourage cake decorating and ALL confectionery arts to everyone!

What is the difference between the full day, half day and mini classes?
The full day classes are in-depth, mostly hands-on classes that teach one large specific project or technique. The half day classes can vary from kids classes to advanced hands-on project based classes.  The mini classes are a quick hands-on class and are meant to teach one specific skill or make one small project.

Can I sign up for a class on the day of the class?
All full and half day classes must be purchased in advance because these classes are usually hands-on projects the teachers need to know their attendance numbers in order to bring supplies for each student. You will be able to sign up for the mini classes on the day of the class if there is space available. We will have tickets for sale for any mini class that is not sold out at the venue on the day of the event.

** Please note:  In some instances the Teachers will allow sign ups on the day, but this is not guaranteed.  We highly recommend signing up in advance to guarantee your seat and to avoid disappointment.

How much do the classes cost?
The classes vary in price. Please visit the classes page to see the cost of each class. Please Note: The class price does not include admission to the show. Admission Tickets must be purchased separately.

Is there a Payment Plan available to pay for classes?
No there is not payment plan available.

What is your class refund policy?
Refunds & Transfers are available until January 6, 2019. After January 6, 2018 refunds are not available.  Classes are transferable when possible until February 1, 2019 – please notify us as soon as possible of any changes.

The Show organizers reserve the right to cancel classes or demonstrations. If a class or demonstration is canceled, you have the option to transfer to another event or receive a full refund. All remedies under this refund policy are limited to the language of refund policy.

Cake Competition FAQ’s

What is the Cake Competition?
A unique opportunity to showcase your decorating skills, get feedback from our distinguished panel of judges, and win awards, prizes and prestige!

Who can sign up for the cake competition?
Everyone! We offer a variety of categories for every skill level, beginners to master, children to adults!

Does the “Red Carpet Cakes” theme apply to the entire competition?
No. The show theme ONLY applies to the Spectacular Cake Competition.  Please read the Official Rules for all rules and regulations.

What is your cake competition refund policy?
Competition entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable at any time.

When do I check-in my Cake Competition Entry?
Competition Check-in takes place Friday, March 15th from 3:00pm to 8:00pm.

When can I pick up my Cake entry?
Cake Entry pick up takes place March 17th after the conclusion of the Awards Ceremony (after 4pm).

How do I know if my cake entry won?
The Awards Ceremony will be on Sunday, March 17th starting at 4:00pm at the Main Stage Area.