For the fifth and final time, the Sweet Street Festival will take over the Shangri-La Hotel's grand ballroom this weekend.
Curated by the hotel’s award-winning executive pastry chef – the pink-mohawked ex-Mastechef star Anna Polyviou – the dessert festival always gathers an all-star line-up featuring the city’s top dessert specialists.
“This is the final year for the Sweet Street Festival and it’s going to go off with a bang,” says Polyviou. “I’ve been doing [it] for five years, bringing all my friends together and just going gangbusters.”
“I was the first to do a sweet festival and it’s important that I continue to evolve and be constantly creative.”
There’ll be pop-up stalls from Sydney’s queen of chocolate Kirsten Tibballs, celebrated pastry chefs Adriano Zumbo and Christopher Thé (Black Star Pastry, ex-Quay), MakMak Macarons, Koi Dessert Bar, Petal Met Sugar and more.
You’ll also be able to try cheese tarts from Uncle Tetsu; hot cinnamon doughnuts from Butter; and Polyviou’s own Popping Caramel slice, made from milk chocolate, popping crunch and passionfruit crumble, and Matcha Match, blending matcha, crunchy cornflakes and strawberry.
It wouldn’t be a Polyviou event without graffiti artists, rappers, breakdancers, arcade games and DJs – listen up for DJ Brown Rice – and there’ll be a cake-eating competition and prizes, too.
Polyviou is also launching her new Sweet Street cookbook at the festival, and will be available for signings on the day (it’s also included in the VIP ticket price).
Children will be entertained by a rainbow cupcake-making workshops, face painting, photo booths, magicians and more – there’s also goody bags to take home.
Sweet Street 2018 will be at the Shangri-La Hotel (176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks) on Friday June 29, 6pm–10pm. Tickets are $45–$135.