A Dessert-Themed Food Festival Exists—Here's What You Need to Know

If you were to ask us about our dream festival, you bet it'd be centered around food—more specifically, desserts.

Turns out that's already a real thing and it couldn't have a more perfect name.

Starting in New York City, Dessert Goals is making it's way to Los Angeles, California for the first time ever and will feature over 30 unique dessert vendors from both L.A. and NYC.

Liang Shi and Miraya Berke of Dessert Goals standing in front of a backdrop for the event

(Courtesy of Dessert Goals)

We chatted with the founders of the festival, Liang Shi and Miraya Berke to get the lowdown on the event.

Keep scrolling to discover how you can attend this mouth-watering festival.

Sweety High: How did Dessert Goals first come to be?

Liang Shi: Miraya and I are friends who love to eat dessert, or do dessert-related activities. Last summer, we were getting shaved ice and the idea of a dessert festival came up. We were shocked no one had done it before in NYC, so we decided to pursue it. We literally picked a date, found a venue and pulled from our savings to pay for the deposit. Then we created a Facebook event and hoped people would want to come. Luckily, there are tons of dessert lovers like us who were super excited about the event. All our events so far have been fully sold out.

Hand holding an ice cream cone from Gresescent

(Courtesy of Dessert Goals)


SH: What sets Dessert Goals apart from other food festivals?

Miraya Berke: We aim to create an event that looks as sweet as it tastes, so we spend a lot of time mapping out the experience, designing decor and creating photo opps so our guests can have the ultimate day. This will be our first event in Los Angeles, which we're really excited about. The venue is also double the size of our New York venue, so lots more space for decorations and activities.

Liang Shi and Miraya Berke standing in front of an 'Eat Dessert First' backdrop

(Courtesy of Dessert Goals)


SH: What vendors can we expect to see at the event?

LS: We will have 30 different vendors at this upcoming edition in L.A. There will be s'mores from Gotta Have S'more, ice cream sandwiches from Coolhaus, ring dings from Ring Ding Bar, smoothie bowls from AmazeBowls and so many more.

Hand holding a rainbow colored dessert from Puesto

(Courtesy of Dessert Goals)


SH: Can you tell us a little bit about the event's workshops?

MB: We've curated a selection of workshops that touch on all aspects of dessert, food and photography. Husbands That Cook are teaching a session about how to start a food blog and taking photos for your blog. Makers Mess is hosting hands-on sessions where all attendees will learn how to embroider desserts on a napkin. It's #goals to be able to embroider dessert on everything! Alisha Jones will be hosting a fun session on dessert styling.

All of our general admission tickets are sold out, but we still have a few workshop tickets left. With your workshop ticket you get entrance to the festival, so you don't want to miss this extra special Dessert Goals experience.

Fancy eclairs from Jae NYC Eats

(Courtesy of Dessert Goals)


SH: What are three very important things to know about the event?

MB: Come with your #DessertSquad so you can try as many desserts as possible, and have someone to take photos of you.

Once you're inside the event, each dessert vendor will be selling desserts. You'll get a map when you enter and you can plan out which desserts to try.

There will be free treats from our partners including candy samples from Dylan's Candy Bar, coffee from High Brew, water from Boxed Water, almond milks and juices from Califia Farms, salty snacks as a palette cleanse between sweets and more surprises!

People scooping candy from Dylan's Candy Bar into bags

(Courtesy of Dessert Goals)


SH: Why is this an event you can't miss out on?

LS: Because it'll be the one place to literally hit all of your Dessert Goals. L.A. is so spread out and our vendors come from all over the place, including New York. Nowhere else will you find this much dessert in such a concentrated area.

MB: Dessert Goals is the ultimate day for indulgence and discovery, to try all the desserts, spend quality time with your #DessertSquad and, of course, document with lots of photos.

Hand holding a s'more from Gotta Have S'more

(Courtesy of Dessert Goals)


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