If you’re a major sweet tooth, Sweetfest is your kind of festival. It houses lots of renowned patisseries, ice-ceameries, chocolateries, donuteries. Ok now I’m just making up words, but you get the point. There is a plethora of sweetness all in one place, ready to be eaten in abundance.
Hoy Pinoy had a sweets stall. We know them for their tasty Filipino BBQ but at Sweetfest they had a range of Filipino sweets. They had two types of puto, which is a sweet steamed cake. They had Ube (Purple Yam) and coconut caramel with fairyfloss. They were soft, sweet and delicious.
We also had the sago dessert, which had pandan jelly, coconut cream, coconut pieces and crunchy caramel coconut clusters on top. Delish.
Black star pastry had their famed strawberry watermelon cake, which is popular because it tastes really good. It has a lovely balance of freshness, tart and aromatic tones from the rose petals. They also had peach, blackberry and lavender tarts, which were tasty, the pastry was buttery and short and the filling was fruity and floral.
We also had the sweet pastry tacos. One had chocolate ganache and raspberry and the other had marshmallow and green tea ganache. They also had a lemon meringue one that had sold out. They were cute.
Shortstop had a special range of donuts created just for Sweetfest. They had a maple walnut brown butter, matcha yuzu lime, red velvet and strawberry crumble available.
The scrolls at Oregano bakery were delicious. We had the cinnamon, cookies and cream and nutella banana. And they were all great. Perfect with a cup of tea.
St Gerry’s had a range of loukoumades (greek doughnuts) with different toppings. They were delicious crunchy deep-fried dough balls with different toppings.
On entry you receive a ticket for a complimentary glass of Redbank Emily Brut Cuvee which was nice. They also had some of St Gerry’s greek doughnuts filled with white peach and presseco jelly.
Ganache had a range of thier specialty chocolates. They had these really cute chocolate snowmen for Christmas.
They had a Gelato Messsina truck, unfortunately the mini magic mushroom cake was sold out but we got to try the ‘such a fairy’ paddle pop. It was toast and butter gelato covered in white chocolate and dipped in Big Gay Icecream’s fairy bread sprinkles. Besides the fact that it didn’t taste anything like the fairy bread I know and love, it was a nice sweet icecream pop.
They also had N2 Gelato serving their Ferrero reveal, which is like a gelato version of a Ferrero rocher and Gelato Tino that had interesting flavours like raspberry and rosemary.
After eating too many sweets (there is such a thing) you get to the point where you just want something savoury. Luckily Maker and Monger had a stall and they were pumping out a range of savoury toasties. We had the flaming Rueben. The guy literally blow-torched the cheese right in front our faces.
The melted cheese oozing over the top of our sandwich looked amazing. The Rueben was delicious and was a perfect retreat from all the sweetness. It was salty and sour and cheesey. Loved it! We also had Mork chocolate milk. We figured we couldn’t have a savoury dish at Sweetfest unless it was accompanied by a sweet beverage. The mork chocolate milk was cold and chocolaty. The Rueben reset our palettes so we could continue on eating plentiful amounts of sweets.
Phillippa makes amazing bread but turns out she also makes amazing sweets. The pecan caramel slice w orange mascarpone was fab. One of my faves. It tasted buttery and brown sugary with caramel and pecans. Lets just call it amazing. I ate it on the drive home and I wished I had eaten it earlier at the event because then I could have bought more.
There was lots to do throughout the day, master classes, book signing etc. We got to see the talented Katherine Sabbath live on stage making one of her creative multi coloured drip cakes. They look so awesome and she makes it look super easy.
The Naughty boy café had a mega choco lova shake. It was a chocolate milk shake with all the trimmings. It had Nutella around the cup with chocolate sauce and strawberry sauce, meringue, dehydrated fruit crumb and Persian fairy floss. They looked pretty epic.
From Raw Trader we had the white chocolate and salted caramel slice. It was sweet and creamy and the base had a delicious crumble. I know it had white chocolate and salted caramel but it’s probably the healthiest thing I ate that day.
At Bang Bang they had Korean donuts filled with icecream and sauce. I accidentally ordered the plain chocolate one and then had to get the icecream on the side. I tried to eat icecream and donut in the same mouthful to emulate the icecream sandwichness. I guess it was kind of the same. Not really.
At Bibelot they had a range of their chocolates that you could try and buy.
We got the salted butter caramel eclair, which was super indulgent, the caramel butter cream was divine.
At the Luxbite stall they had macarons, mini cakes and tarts. We had the Milo tart and it was delish. It had a chocolate tart base, filled with a milo choc filling with milo crisps sitting on top. It was super chocolaty and tasted like milo. Yum. Also they had some really cute Christmas gifts too.
They had morning sessions from 9am -1pm and afternoon sessions starting from 2pm-6pm. We went on the Saturday to the afternoon session. There were heaps of great stalls and so many delicious sweets. I must say though it was super dark inside so hopefully next year they get a bit more light into the venue. But overall it was a sweet success. I was majorly sugar crashing later that evening.
I heart Sweetfest!
Sweetfest Melbourne 2015
Event dates: 28th November – 29th November
Address: Como House and Garden – Cnr Williams Road & Lechlade Ave, South Yarra
Trading hours: Sat & Sun: 9am-1pm (morning sesh), 2pm-6pm (afternoon sesh)