‘Sweeter side of Oz,’ Sugarbaker’s now 30

Sugarbaker’s Supplies owner Larry Clark is overseeing his business’ first cake event, the Grand Confectionery Art Show & Competition, which will be held Saturday, March 30, in The Grande Event Center, 5441 Clinton Highway. The event also commemorates Sugarbaker’s 30th year in business.
A visit to “The Sweeter Side of Oz” will mark 30 years of business for Larry Clark, who owns Sugarbaker’s Supplies.

The regionally-renowned company, 514 Merchant Drive, is hosting The Grande Confectionery Art Show & Competition from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 30, at The Grande Event Center, 5441 Clinton Highway adjacent to Knoxville Expo Center.

Using the “Oz” theme, cake bakers and decorators are only limited by their imaginations to create ornate confections in a variety of categories, including juvenile, amateur, professional and intermediate. The finished product will be evaluated by celebrity judges from the Food Network, along with a Sugarbakers vendor, Peter E. Ward Jr., of Flavor Right, who also will perform a live demo at the show.

Cakes will then be available for sale at the event.

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Benefits from hemp plant is what ‘CBD Guy’ Azambuja wants to promote

Farragut resident Gil Azambuja, 54, wants to be known as the “CBD Guy.”

“What I’m trying to do is educate people about CBD and its benefits,” Azambuja said.

CBD, which stands for cannabidiol, is a product from the hemp plant.

Azambuja is an advocate for Green Compass, a company in Wilmington, North Carolina, that grows and processes hemp and then bottles it for distribution to market as CBD products.

“It’s an organically grown hemp,” he said. “There are no pesticides or herbicides.”

The farmers who grow it are sixth-generation farmers who are not new to the process of organically growing plants.

However, Azambuja said he is not trying to market his company and himself to the public.

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