Things to do, Food and drink
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Time Out says

[UPDATE 6/3/2020: Sweetstock has been cancelled. Please contact Sweetstock directly for further information]

If you’re the kind of person who opts for dessert over entrées, this one’s for you. A brand-new sweets festival is launching in Melbourne on March 28 and 29. 

Sweetstock will include an eye-popping amount of sweet treats from a huge line-up of food trucks, as well as cake battles, dessert challenges, live music, live art, free kids' rides and more. Not only that, but the SBS Food Australian Cake Battle will take place over the weekend. This 60-minute battle features some of the country’s best bakers battling it out live on stage. 

On the sweet line-up is 196 Below and its liquid nitrogen ice cream; Miss Noble cakes; experimental treats from Fugazi Pizza; coffee from Peak Coffee; and allergy-friendly sweets from Sweet Forbidden Journey. There will also be lots of stalls selling everything from cookie dough to sprinkles.

You can also head along for a one-off masterclass with US pastry chef Duff Goldman from Baltimore-based Charm City Cakes, as seen on the Food Network reality show Ace of Cakes. There will also be a doughnut-eating competition, and the winner can score $2,000. 

Further entertainment will be provided by musicians like Sneaky Sound System and Alice Ivy who will be taking to the stage over the weekend. 

Tickets cost $40 for one-day general entry, otherwise, you can opt for the $65 two-day festival pass. Kids under 12 are free.


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