Search begins for signature dessert bar

Nanaimo has a famous dessert bar bearing its name. Why not something sweet and tempting that Kamloops can call its own?

A Kamloops Big Bar or a Sun City Square, perhaps?

As part of its spring programming, B.C. Living Arts offers up the Milo-Bar Challenge. No, it's not a civic election strategy, it's an invitation to come up with a dessert deserving of the name of the city in which it was created.

The idea came from a quip at last year's Mayor's Gala for the Arts, where Alan Corbishley, artistic director of Living Arts, served as MC.

"Whenever I hear Mayor Milobar's name I think of a dessert bar," he joked.

On April 10 at St. Andrew's on the Square, a panel of judges including the mayor will be searching for the dessert that somehow best says Kamloops.

"We're going to hold a competition of dessert bars that can be branded," Corbishley said. The event will include an open tasting and reception.

Musical performances, opera appreciation and culinary arts round out the calendar for B.C. Living Arts this spring.

Corbishley, an operatic baritone, continues with his Opera Brief(s), informal talks preceding The Met: Live in HD series at Cineplex Odeon. The talks begin Feb. 19.

Together with tenor Peter Collins and dramatic soprano Heidi Muendel, Corbishley will perform in George, Noel and Cole, singing the repertoire of George Gershwin, Noel Coward and Cole Porter.

In early May the society brings back its popular Day at Chef School, held in co-operation with TRU's Culinary Arts.

As well, the society is helping to promote a Feb. 5-6 playwriting workshop with Kevin Kerr, presented by Western Canada Theatre.

Corbishley founded Living Arts four years ago with a vision of celebrating and appreciating the arts in everyday life.

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