This weekend was SweetFest, part of Sydney's GoodFood Month. It was pretty much a cake lovers wet dream. Some of Sydney's brightest stars in pastry gathered together showing off their most delicious creations and a few masterclasses by some of my favourite pastry chefs and bakers thrown in for good measure. It was hard not to go full fan girl. Alright - when Dan Lepard walked on stage I went full fan girl. Here are a few snaps of some of the treats on offer.
The affable and self-proclaimed pastry anarchist Alistair Wise from Sweet Envy in Hobart, Tasmania kicked off my first morning masterclass and it was all about perfecting the ice cream sundae. And the making of a 4.8 metre long "gutter trash" sundae. The components of which were a gazilion flavours of ice cream, momofuku crack pie, brownie pieces, a blueberry and rosemary caramel coulis. It was topped with crushed macarons and the most essential element to any sundae Sherbet! Some might argue that 10 am is far to early for an ice cream extravaganza. Thats a load of pish. This was an amazing blow out of flavours and textures. Nutty, sweet, salty, crunchy creamy and fizzy on the tongue all at once.
Next masterclass was Dan Lepard and perfecting chocolate cakes. Then it was time to buy more cake! Oh and a Bagel and glass of champagne to balance out all the pancreas destroying sugar I was practically inhaling. It was good people watching too. You could clearly make out the people who were there for a chance to meet their food heroes or with a genuine interest in food and who was there for the countless Instagram opportunities.
Arguably the biggest draw-cards were Andy Bowdy and Instagram sweet queen Katherine Sabbath. You could tell from the amount of time you had to spend in the queue waiting for them to appear just to ensure a view. If you ever go to a Sydney event where eithr of these two are doing any sort of appearance make sure you turn up an hour earlier at least and be prepared for people to literally elbow you out of the way to get themselves a better spot. Food in Sydney has achieved a kind of rock concert status. Andy Bowden who exudes awesome took us through his Jasper cake - a chocolate fudge cake sandwiched with milo mousse and topped with torched meringue. It tasted better than it looks to if that is even possible. And Katherine Sabbath demonstrated how to create a water colour effect with buttercream. Her cakes are like crazy pop art.