On the eve of the French Revolution, historians now contend, Marie Antoinette never said, "Let them eat cake."
But on the eve of Fairfield's 375th anniversary, the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce is definitely saying, "Let them bake cake."
The chamber has invited six of the town's best-known bakeries to compete in a February bake-off to crown the town's best anniversary cake.
Attendees of a chamber fundraiser will be able to sample each cake, then cast votes, based on design and taste, to determine the winner.
The fundraiser is Thursday evening, Feb. 6, and tickets are $60.
Bakeries invited to compete are:
Billy's Bakery, 1885 Blackrock Turnpike;
Pink Cup Cake Shack, 1215 Post Road;
Simply Sweet Patisserie, 1525 Black Rock Turnpike;
Sweet Cakes, 110 Post Road;
Sweet & Simple, 75 Hillside Road; and
The Pantry, 1580 Post Road.
Each bakery will create and design a cake it thinks best represents Fairfield's 375th anniversary celebration. The winner will have the honor of making the grand commemorative cake for the town's anniversary gala in November.
"We are so happy to have an event that both promotes and supports local business, but also celebrates the town's 375th anniversary, Beverly Balaz, the chamber's executive director, said in a news release.
The Feb. 6 fundraiser will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at Mercedes-Benz of Fairfield, 165 Commerce Drive. In addition to cake-sampling, the evening will include food provided by Whole Foods, 55 Wine Bar and Restaurant, T&C Steakhouse, Rio Bravo and other restaurants, plus wine and music.
A silent auction is planned, and raffle prizes will include weekend use of a Mercedes-Benz.
Cake-sampling and voting will be from 6 to 8 p.m., with the winner declared at 8:30.
For tickets or more information, call Mary Beth Claflin at the chamber office: 203-255-1011.