LA Cookie Con, like Comic Con but with Cookies!
If you love sweets of any kind, the LA Cookie Con & Sweets Show is the place to be. Cookie lovers and Confection fans came out in droves February 6th & 7th to immerse themselves in the world of cake and cookie decorating. Entering Cookie Con is akin to walking into the world’s largest candy store, with hundreds of tables displaying delicious treats, the supplies to make those treats and guest celeb speakers on hand to show you how to put all the elements together. As a professional cake decorator, I was excited to explore every booth and found many hard-to-find supplies.
Even if you never plan to bake a cookie or frost a cake, there is plenty to check out. The Roaring 20’s was the theme at the World Dessert Table Championship. Party planners built beautiful table displays that incorporate desserts into the theme. Santana’s Party Rental‘s table donned the backroom speak easy and prohibition tempting you with gold coins (chocolate-covered Oreos) and Whiskey Sauce bread pudding.
Another exhibitor gave an old Hollywood flair to the Roaring 20’s with elegant cakes topped with art deco styled macaroon trees. LA Cookie Con offers competitions for both amateur and professional bakers. The fabulous entries were on display for both days of the show.
Many of the yummy vendors have restaurants around Los Angeles. With a huge smile, Fatima Marques, Owner/Chef of Natas Pastries Cafe & Restaurant, handed out her signature Nata Portuguese pastries in the VIP booth section. Fatima shared that her signature dish dates back to the 1700’s.
Vegan and Gluten-Free bakeries sampled their wares to eager attendees such as the Gluten Free Rum Cake at RumBundtcious Cakes.
Looking for ideas for your child’s next birthday party? Several cupcake party planners were on hand, like Melissa of Baking with Melissa. Let Melissa bring all the ingredients and teach your guests to bake!
Cake Celebrities were everywhere at the convention – on stage, in booths and walking the floor – and were happy to share their baking tips and tricks! Ron Ben-Israel taught attendees to make gum-paste flowers and Rosanna Pansino, YouTube famous from her fun Nerdy Nummies videos, was available to meet and greet.
Sarah Michelle Gellar introduced her new culinary brand, Foodstirs, on the main stage, while Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes West unveiled his cake to the audience and for the Food Network’s show Cake Masters. I spotted so many Hollywood Mom Blog child actors at the convention getting sugared up and having a great time!
If you missed this year’s LA Cookie Con, mark your calendars for next year and buy your tickets early – they sell out! Make a note to bring a roller shopping bag if you plan on buying supplies.