We all have our weaknesses when it comes to indulging in ‘forbidden’ treats. Be it salty or sweet or even better, BOTH!
Ottawa is being treated (pardon the pun) to North America’s largest dessert festival ever! And let me tell you, it’s not just the children that will be enjoying the desserts as the evening festivities will be catering to adults with intoxicating delectables.
Dubbed “The Ultimate Cheat Day”, Dessertfest is everything that every kid, let alone every adult, has been dreaming and fantasizing about! Except, now it’s become a reality!
Dessert is like a feel-good song, and the best ones make you dance – Chef Edward Lee
Dessertfest’s main organizer, Chelsea Boissonneault, along with her husband, Jean-Luc Boissonneault, and Ashley Lawrie, are the creative forces behind this ever so sweet festival.
Ironically enough, Boissonnealt and her husband are also the co-founders of Free Form Fitness; however, they have always been looking for different ideas for events. “We came up with this idea about a year ago when researching different event ideas, I have done over a dozen events over the last 6 years, and they have all been fitness related, but this time we decided to go the opposite, for fun”. They wanted to create a new event concept that would include every form of dessert possible!
Dessertfest is all about catering to that inner voice that we all have when it comes to indulging in desserts and actually surrendering to it.
A party without cake is just a meeting! – Julia Child
Dessertfest will have over 33 vendors, all to titillate and tease our sweet and savoury indulgences. Like a scene from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, children and adults alike will be entering the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park and be awestruck as the enter the Holy Grail of dessert land.
Upon entering the building, guests will be given a map so that they can decide where they would like to start their ‘sugar-high’ dessert journey which involves a tour through Snack Land, Cake Land, Candy Land, Pastry Land, Chocolate Land and Ice Cream Land…need I say more?!
Dessertfest’s map of indulgence.
Boissonnealt and her team have truly thought of everything in regards to what people crave for when it comes to desserts and more importantly, how to have fun regardless of your age.
Activities for children
• there will be a 40ft bouncy castle to burn off the sugar rush
• face painting
• jump rope area
• games of all kinds: ping pong, fuse ball to name a few
• kid’s zone
Activities for adults
• chill zone for adults with couches and bean bags to relax
• signature candy cocktails and wine will be available
• Broadhead Brewery with their Blueberry Beer
• Café area
• DJ on stage after 8pm
Activities for everyone
• see live dessert demos from my alma mater, Le Cordon Bleu
• a cupcake decorating contest
• a pie-eating contest
• The Cupcake Lounge
• Bulk Chocolate
• Art is In
• Oh So Good
• Cake this chocolate that
• Kenzie Cakes
• Whole Foods
• Dolly Doll cupcakes
• Herdocias Bakery
• Three Tart
• Creation Nelle
• Burrito Shack
• Nutty Greek Shop
• Three Tarts
• Art Is In
• Suzy Q
• Delicious bakery
• Beaver Tails
• Totally squared
• Thyme & Again
Whether you’re eating your favourite sprinkled filled cupcake, spooning up some creamy gelato or biting into a warm glazed doughnut, there will definitely be something for everyone at Dessertfest. So, go on and spoil yourself and let yourself be the kid that just loves his cake and eats it too!
Date and Time: Saturday June 11th: 11am – 12am (adults 19+ only after 8pm Sat), Sunday June 12th: 11am-8pm
Where: Lansdowne – Aberdeen Pavilion 1000 Exhibition Way Ottawa, ON
Entrance Tickets: $10 online in advance and $13 at the door and FREE for kids 12 and under. Visit dessertfestival.com for more details and to sign up for your free dessert.
Sampling tickets: $0.50 each ticket ($20 a sheet) to buy the vendors desserts.
Treat yourself to a ‘cheat day’ and indulge with me!