London has munched its way through food festivals all summer – now we’re ready for dessert.
The inaugural London Dessert Festival will open to the public this week, and is set to be a celebration of sugar, spice and all things nice. The sweet-toothed extravaganza will gather the London’s top pudding purveyors – as well as some special guests – to fly the flag for confection.
From cakes to candy, pastry to pie – via a wall of melting chocolate – here’s everything you need to know about the London Dessert Festival.
Prepare for the ultimate sugar rush.
What is the London Dessert Festival?
The London Dessert Festival is a two-day celebration of some of London’s sweetest treats and the people that make them. The festival will play host to dozens of London-based dessert brands showcasing creations ranging from freakshakes to wheelcakes, ice cream to macarons. Visitors will be able to experience the vendors’ fare across four immersive zones: a Frozen Zone, a Patisserie Zone, a Chocolate Zone and a Vegan Zone. Each area is set to be Instagrammably decorated to fit its theme, and feature multi-sensory activities, workshops and demonstrations throughout.
When and where is it?
The London Dessert Festival will run from August 17-18 at The Truman Brewery in Shoreditch (91 Brick Lane, E1 6QR). Each day will host two sessions, the first running from 10.30am to 2pm, and the second from 3pm to 6.30pm. Sadly, tickets have sold out for Saturday, but there are still some available for the Sunday sessions.
How much are tickets and where can you buy them?
Standard tickets start at £21.95 (plus booking fee), and admit you to one session of the festival. Golden tickets (Willy Wonka-inspired, of course) start at £50 and include extra perks including a full day’s admission, a free dessert and access to the Sprinkles Indulge Lounge. Tickets are available to purchase online via the London Dessert Festival website.
What dessert brands will be there?
A huge range of sweet-toothed food vendors will be on hand to lend guests some sugar. Highlights include freakshakes from Miki’s Paradise, Taiwanese treats from Wheelcake Island, and frozen yoghurt fiends Yogland. Among the long list are the following vendors, with more to find when you get there:
- La Gelatiera
- Whipped London
- All Star Lanes Kitchen
- Miki's Paradise
- Amor Mini Cakes
- Brooklyn Cakery
- London Poptails by LAPP
- Dee's Basement
- Sesame Kingdom
- Just Because Treats
- Skrambol La Suite Hotel / Cafe Forty One
- Sweet Doris
- Le Soy Ltd
- The Barnes Pancake Company
- Lokma of London
- The Sunny Spoon
- Mallow & Marsh
- Wheelcake Island
- Maize & Grace
- Me You Meringue
Which special guests will be there?
If the food vendors weren’t enough to tantalise your tastebuds, the London Dessert Festival is bringing in even more experts to extol their wisdom to visitors. Great British Bake Off stars Manon Lagreve and Dan Beasley-Harding will be there to host a Q&A session and a choux pastry masterclass respectively. Acclaimed pastry chefs Nicolas Rouzaud of the Connaught Hotel and Helen Clark of P.F Chang’s will also be making appearances at the festival.
What else can you do and see at the London Dessert Festival?
The London Dessert Festival plans to bring its sweet spread to life with a variety of weird and wonderful experiences. The Frozen Zone will feature “ice-cream flavoured bubbles”, an ice lolly wall, and a nitrogen ice cream machine, while the pink blossom-filled Patisserie Zone will host a doughnut wall and a piñata filled with baked goods.
The Chocolate Zone will be framed by a melting chocolate wall, while the rest of it will be covered in foil like a chocolate wrapper. The Vegan Zone will boast both an indoor space and an outdoor terrace, both filled with lush greenery.