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Desserts of the World Festival: Celebrate Mother’s Day by putting her in a sugar coma

By Katie Marsh on May 5, 2013

Who knew that there was a glaring gap in the city’s roster of summer festivals? I didn’t until I found out about the Desserts of the World Festival, taking place this Wednesday, May 8th at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Now that I think about it, the lack of a festival focusing exclusively on baked goods and other sweets was a shocking omission, one that has shamed Ottawa until now.

The premise of the event is simple: pay a $20 admission, then sample a variety of sweet things from around the world (there is no additional cost for the samples).  The list of countries includes France, Lebanon, China, some unspecified African countries (I’m for hoping Morocco), Italy, Israel, India, and more! My insulin levels are rising just thinking about it. The entertainment is rounded out by tunes spun by DJ Emily Jones, a live painting by Allan André, manicure by Westboro Spa, a speech by ribbon-cutter-in-Chief Mayor Watson and a silent auction.

The organizers are hoping to make this a mother’s day tradition, and not just by holding the event near Mother’s Day. The proceeds of the event will go to support St. Mary’s Home, a social service agency that provides support to young pregnant women, young moms and dads and young children, that is celebrating its 80 year anniversary in 2013.

We’re giving away two free tickets to the Desserts of the World Festival today on the blog! To enter the draw, just list your favourite dessert in the comments by 10pm tonight. Make sure to include your email.