Carlo’s Bake Shop celebrity appearing at Italian Festival

By Jennifer Holloway - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Thu., Jul. 28, 2011
Mauro Castano of the now-famous Carlo's Bake Shop in Hoboken, N.J. will be at the 86th Italian Festival in Enfield. Castano is the brother-in-law of "Cake Boss" Buddy Valastro. Photo credit: Harry Davila - Contributed Photo

On Aug. 5, a taste of Hoboken, N.J., will arrive—literally—in Enfield. Pastry chef Mauro Castano from TLC’s show “Cake Boss” will be at the Mt. Carmel Society’s 86th Italian Festival, and he’s not coming alone. Castano will arrive with his wife, Madeline, son, Buddy, and a special Deana Martin-themed cake in honor of the singer's performance and presence at the festival.

Last year, the bakery donated a Dean Martin-themed cake for the festival, after Society President Carl Sferrazza visited the famous shop and made a request. This year, Castano agreed to drive the cake up himself, saying he appreciates the tradition the Society is continuing and wants to support it.

“I’m really into my heritage,” he said.

Castano and his family will be at a special “Cake Boss” tent Friday and Saturday night during the festival, signing autographs and selling merchandise and baked goods from the bakery.

On Sunday night, Castano will take the stage as part of the entertainment. Around 8 p.m., the pastry pro will talk about the different cakes the bakery has made over the years and some of the celebrities who order cakes from Carlo’s. He will also give a decorating demonstration.

The Italian Festival is open Friday and Saturday, Aug. 5 and 6, from 5 to 11 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 7, from 5 to 10 p.m. The Deana Martin-themed cake will be on display upstairs in the Mt. Carmel Society’s banquet hall.

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