Most food festivals offer a variety of dishes, ranging from snacks to mains to treats. Sweet As, Brisbane's returning dessert fest, will too — as long as you're fine with meringues, marshmallows and macarons as appetisers, cakes and doughnuts for a hearty meal, and ice cream, sorbet, gelato and dessert cocktails to wrap it all up.
That's just our suggested order. With all of the above on offer — plus everything from brownies and waffles to cheese and chocolate — there's no right or wrong way to work your way through the menu. All of the treats will be served up by a range of the city's best dessert-makers, with The World Food Markets overseeing the event. And while Brisbane is no stranger to sweet-filled festivals, it really is a situation where the more, the merrier applies.
With the festival running from 10am until 5pm on Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15 at Musgrave Park, that means dessert is on the menu for a late brunch, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea — and if you opt for to stick around for a few of those meals, there'll be no judgement. You can also pretend it's breakfast with Gelato Messina's special festival menu item, a sundae that combines fior di latte gelato, housemade milo cake, salted caramel chantilly, chocolate-covered coco pops and dulce de leche sauce.
For those with dietary requirements, there'll be lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free and vegan options across the board as well. Yep, that truly is sweet as.
Also on offer: non-sugary street food, pop-up bars, cooking demonstrations and live entertainment. Just nab your $5 (plus booking fee) early bird ticket in advance, as they're likely to get snapped up fast. Afterwards, entry will cost $10 online and $15 at the gate.
Updated September 12.