Celebrating Fruitcakes

Today marks National Fruitcake Day

by Bruce Felps

Fruitcakes catch a lot of grief, and rightfully so because, ugh.

But the National Order of Fruitcake Greatness, which I may or may not have just made up, but probably did, wants to elevate the reputation of the lowly confection, and the Fort Worth Museum is in on the joke.

Since today marks National Fruitcake Day — and yes, evidently that’s a thing — the museum celebrates with Fruitcake Fandango, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., today, which includes all manner of nuttiness.

Visitors can build a catapult and fling a fruitcake into the next county. Fruitcake physicians can dissect a fruitcake to determine its cause of death during the Fruitcake Excavation event. Chef Asdren Azemi with Ruffino's Restaurant shares little known, and probably for the best, facts about the much-given-never-eaten cake, and doesn’t all that just sound too fun?

The upside to this down cake comes in the form of a simultaneous food drive, which runs through Jan. 3, at the museum. Bring a canned or otherwise nonperishable food item — benefiting the Tarrant Area Food Bank — and receive a discount coupon for the Laser Lights show at the Noble Planetarium.

Fruitcakes don’t count, which, again, I may or may not have made up.

Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He is not now, nor has he ever been, a fan of the fruitcake.

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