New: Sugar Rush Event in Costa Mesa

The focus is on artisan goodies and the sweet-makers who create them.

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BACON TO BUTTERSCOTCH: If you've ever attended the oh-so-popular bacon-themed extravaganzas hosted by Big Bite Events, you know that the superstar strips in the spotlight don't just appear in savory dishes like roasts and omelets. Bacon strips show up in cupcakes and cookies and in milkshakes, too, further bolstering what everyone pretty much knows by now: salty + sweet is a dream team. And it wasn't a dream, but a reality, that Big Bite Events would take some of the sweet-making know-how to a whole new frosting-covered stage, one that put the sole focus on the dessert end of the deal. The bacon is taking a break but the over-the-top treats are not at the brand-new Sugar Rush, the company's two-day, everything's-coming-up-dessert happening at the OC Fair & Event Center. 

THE DATES... for the gooey gathering are perfectly situated over the first weekend of December, that small but sugartastic time of year when cooks are starting to plan their cookie exchanges and cupcake giveaways. Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 6 are the exactamundo dates, and they'll be packed as a box holding a triple-tier layer cake. The "one-of-a-kind dessert showcase and sweet market experience" will be loaded high with "entertainment, competitions, demonstrations, walk-about tastings of decadent and delicious sweet treats," many made by some of the top-notch-iest pastry chefs in the region. It's a icing-laden lark, and a fine way to become acquainted with a bevy of bites from some of the most-drooled-over sweet shops in Southern California. And, just perhaps, get a little inspired to change up your famous walnut butterscotch vanilla drops, just a pinch, to see if there's new treat territory to explore within your own kitchen.

COST? It's twenty bucks to get in, and thirty if you buy your entry there. A VIP admission, for fifty dollars ahead of time, comes with some extra trinkets, like a Swag Bag as well as a chocolate and alcohol pair-up session.

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