The first London Dessert Festival took place in August 2019, celebrating inspiring, cutting edge desserts from top UK talent. Since the festival, we’ve had a little time to take a step back
and reflect on the highlights of the event - and recognise any areas for improvement. Our team is now hard at work planning a bigger, better and more immersive festival for 2020.
We’ve taken your valuable feedback on board, and we’re ready and raring to get started on next year’s event...
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As we head out in search of new culinary wizardry, jaw dropping flavour combinations and show stopping technical prowess, we thought it only fair that we share a few snippets from our journey with you.
And thus…Dessert Culture is born!
Our brand new series of blogs is dedicated to the wonderful world of desserts, and will cover everything from trendsetting dishes on UK menus, to the dishes worth travelling the world for. We’ll also be sharing unmissable offers and promotions from Dessert Festival partners, so keep an eye on your emails to make sure you’re in the know.
Over the coming weeks, we’ll be unveiling a new blog every Sunday, and we think you’re going to love what’s coming up…
Stay tuned for trendsetting puds, experimental showstoppers, mind blowing foodie pop-ups, mouth-watering recipes from world-renowned pastry chefs and so much more.
It’s the inside scoop, but not as you know it.
Five predictions from the London Dessert Festival Team
The Dessert Trends of 2020
The dessert scene is a fast-moving, action-packed celebration of all things delicious, and it’s about to take things up a notch. Over the past few months some exciting new foodie trends have caught the eye of the team here at the London Dessert Festival HQ, and we thought it only right that we share a few of our predictions for the year to come in the first installment of our weekly Dessert Culture newsletter.
Lately we’ve noticed a shift in the focus of top chefs in the UK and beyond, as the brightest and most brilliant minds in the industry prepare to introduce the next big thing in desserts. To whet your appetite, we’re going to share a few secrets and reveal some of the biggest dessert trends to watch out for in 2020. Ready? Then let’s dive straight in!
We love anything a little unusual, which is why our team always keeps an eye out for experimental desserts designed to tantalise the taste buds. And we’ve seen quite an upsurge in these intriguing puddings lately!
Shifting the focus away from nostalgic, warming comfort food, many chefs are now highlighting more experimental techniques and flavours on their dessert menus. Look out for show stopping desserts you might have stumbled across via Instagram, like Thai rolled ice cream. This can be made at the table in the most theatrical of fashions, and it tastes amazing too. Other extraordinary newcomers to the UK dessert scene include fried milk, a traditional Spanish treat that’s as silky as it is sweet.
"Dessert is not rational.
Dessert is culture, habit, craving and identity."
Chefs have long been making full use of the myriad of cuisines that the world has to offer, but the use of powerful spices and punchy flavours in desserts has been somewhat muted. Judging by some of the latest additions to high-end dessert menus across London, this is set to change.
In 2020, you can expect to see influences from India, Asia, China, Japan and Thailand popping up in far more dessert menus across the country. One of the top trends to watch out for will be Asian flavours, as chefs take note of the ongoing popularity of matcha cakes, milkshakes, coffees and ice creams. Top recommendations from the London Dessert Festival team include black sesame desserts, Cantonese mango pancakes, soya puddings and Asian custard crepes.
Other exciting dishes from far flung shores that you absolutely must try include two of our new favourite Middle Eastern dishes. They go by the names of booza (a stretchy Arabic ice cream) and kanafeh (a syrup-soaked dish of scrumptiousness). These delicacies are hugely well-known in the Middle East, and once you try them you’ll soon see why.
Plant-based produce is a huge trend at the moment, and growing interest in environmentally-friendly eating is sure to spark a massive surge in the numbers of vegan treats we consume. Our team has noted growing numbers of vegan pastries over the past few months, as many more vegan bakers and chefs showcase their skill and passion.
Vegan puddings will undoubtedly become mainstream by early 2020, and chefs who specialise in tasty plant-based treats are already showing us how it’s done. Soon you’ll see accessible, affordable and absolutely delicious vegan puddings at food festivals, cafes and even your local supermarket. We’ve made it our mission to sample every one of them. Well, someone’s gotta do it!
Alcohol has long been used to take certain desserts to the next level. But the London Dessert Festival team predicts that you’ll see a fair few more interesting takes on the classic tipsy dessert over the course of 2020.
Chefs are starting to make use of some exciting new ideas, and boozy ice cream is set to be a big one. You can also expect to see plenty of different alcoholic ice pops, which go perfectly with hot summer evenings. Other decadent drunken desserts include spiked cupcakes and grown-up chocolate truffles made with craft beer. Don’t mind if we do.
"Cupcakes are Muffins that believed in Miracles."
Fine French patisserie is as scrumptious as it is photogenic, so we find it hard to believe that delights like choux pastry were out of favour just a few years ago. Following a recent revival, the beauty of choux is once again being fully appreciated by discerning diners in the UK. And we couldn’t be happier about that.
Of course, chefs aren’t just sticking to the classic eclairs and profiteroles. Instead, dessert chefs are creating majestic creations with delicate choux, showcasing classic French cooking in the most imaginative of ways. Over the last few weeks we’ve been astounded by some brilliant new takes on traditional French classics, like the Religieuse, St. Honoré and Pommes Dauphine.
The New Pastries
Well get ready for an amazing array of tempting desserts and imaginative menus designed to enthuse, inspire and excite. The coming months will see an explosion of incredible new flavours and cooking techniques, and we can’t wait to see what our top dessert chefs have to offer for 2020.
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"Absolutly eat dessert first. The thing that you want to do the most, do that."
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