Vote for your favourite in Dessert Wars 2020

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Voting is under way for the 2020 Central Geelong Dessert Wars title.

Restaurants and cafes have nominated their signature dessert in the search for Central Geelong’s best dessert.

The annual competition, part of the Tastes of Central Geelong festival, includes a People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice category.

Throughout July, the public can vote for their favourite dessert via woobox.com/rnke9t and go into the draw to win a $200 voucher to The Beach House Geelong.

An expert panel will decide the winner of the ‘Judge’s choice’ categories.

The judging panel will have the enviable task of tasting each dessert and mark them based on specific criteria including visual appeal, shape/definition, taste, texture and creativity.

2020 Dessert Wars entrants are:

Augustus Gelatery – 41 Gheringhap Street
Bacio (Ferrero Rocher) and strawberry cheesecake with a waffle cone to finish

Bear & Bean – 7 Warner Place
Almond & walnut cake with chocolate ganache and crème fraîche

Black Bull Tapas Bar & Restaurant – 48 Moorabool Street
Lemon cheesecake, berry compote, salted meringue and macadamia shortbread with pancakes and fairy floss

Boba Central – 18 Union Street
Brown Sugar with boba and fresh milk. Premium Brown Sugar syrup from Taiwan with warm tapioca pearls and fresh Australian Milk.

Bubble Bar – 188 Ryrie Street
Deluxe Ice Jelly with ice jelly, black pearls, taro balls, black sticky rice, raisin, haw slice and black sugar

Ebony & Ivory – 189 Moorabool St
House made Sticky Date smothered in butterscotch sauce and cream

Mavs Greek Restaurant – 71 Little Malop Street
Loukoumades – traditional Greek donuts served with honey, crushed walnuts and topped up with chocolate ice cream

Recess Bar & Eats – 247 Moorabool Street
Recess Eton mess with raspberry, meringue, pistachios

Rook Café – 92-94 Malop Street
Vegan caramel dessert with berries

Sporting Globe – 175-177 Ryrie Street
Chef’s signature house made sticky date pudding, served with vanilla ice cream, hot butterscotch sauce and pistachio praline

Westend – 96 Little Malop Street
Chai Cream, Caramelised Condensed Milk, Banana and a Walnut Praline for Garnish.

Tastes of Central Geelong, a festival of food, flavours and fun, runs until July 31 and showcases the eateries of Central Geelong.

You can enjoy Tastes from the comfort of your own home and learn tricks of the trade from local chefs, try exclusive recipes, dine at home or build your own menu items. Or you can make your way into Central Geelong to sample gourmet food and drink and participate in food-themed activities and offers from restaurants and cafes who need your support.

There’s something for everyone at Tastes of Central Geelong and it’s a great way to help cafes and restaurants as they continue to adapt to COVID-19 capacity limits, social distancing and new hygiene requirements.

Pick & mix
At your own pace, discover the incredible food offering in Central Geelong. Pick and mix five participating venues throughout the festival to create your own tasting experience. Do it all in one day or take your time and pop in when it suits – different days or times – in July. Choose from Pick & Mix – Bite size (five tastings valued at $5 each) for just $15 and receive more than $25 in value, or choose the Pick & Mix – Little Bigger (five tastings valued at $10 each) for just $35.

Learn & master
Join a virtual food or beverage-related class or workshop from the comfort of your own kitchen. Learn the tricks of the trade and discover some handy tips.

Dine at home
Bring the dining out experience into your home with a collection of dinner, lunch and afternoon tea packages and takeaway offers. Whether you are due for a date night, celebrating a special occasion or just feel like treating yourself, you can order in a package or offer from participating venues.

Build your own
Take things into your own hands and get creative with a range of venues offering DIY kits or build your own menu items. Have your kit delivered to your door where you can become the chef to put it all together.

To find out more about these activities and to see the full Tastes of Central Geelong 2020 festival program go to www.centralgeelong.com.au/tastes

Tastes of Central Geelong is an initiative of Central Geelong Marketing.

To see how Central Geelong businesses are doing things differently and to find out more about how you can keep supporting local businesses visit www.centralgeelong.com.au or download the Love Central Geelong app.

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