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ITHACA, NY — CULTURA Ithaca invites the community to FLANdango Latin@ American Dessert Competition on Saturday March 25 from 1-3 p.m. at the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) Gym. The event is FREE and open to the public. The event will include a competition for Best Flan, Best Non-Flan, as well as live performances, kids’ activities. The event is family-friendly and will include programming in Spanish and English. This year, the event will also be a fundraiser for the Latino Civic Association of Tompkins County’s Naturalization Drive.

The FLANdango has been held in the past and is a popular event as it features a friendly, though fierce, community competition for who can make the best flan, a creamy vanilla custard dessert that is technically challenging to prepare and beloved all over Latin America. In addition to the Best Flan category, there is also a category for Other Latin@ American Desserts, which can include cookies, cakes (Tres Leches is a popular choice), and other sweet treats. In order to accommodate other palates and dietary restrictions, gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan options will be available.

Members of the community are invited to enter the competition. Official categories are:

  • Best Flan

  • Best Non-Flan

  • Gluten/Dairy-Free or Vegan

Best Flan will be judged by a panel of guest celebrities, and the other two categories will be judged by popular vote. Baked goods (except for flan) will be sold as a fundraiser for the Naturalization Drive, a collection of funds to assist individuals to attain their U.S. residencies and other documentation.

For more information about the event, to enter the competition, and to learn about the Naturalization Drive, please contact or call 607-227-2334.

The event is sponsored by Latina/o Civic Association of Tompkins County, Cornell Latina/o Studies Program, CU Dept. of Comparative Literature, CU Public Service Center, and Engaged Cornell.

Jennifer Wholey is a feature writer and Head of Dining Partnerships for the Ithaca Voice. Contact her at