Earlier this month, CityBeat Cincinnati hosted its annual Sugar Rush at Playhouse in the Park in Mt. Adams. The line to get in the door was already wrapped around the lobby four times before the event had even officially begun.
With vendors spread out through three large rooms, the vast crowd was able to navigate the sugary trails with relative ease. I tried to behave myself the best that I could, but my inner child was already jumping for joy at the impending sugar coma awaiting me. Starting with Chocolats Latour, I tried the vendor’s personal favorite, the Honey Basil Caramel Chocolate, and then all sugar diva hell broke loose inside me.
Sandy’s Catering Cupcakes was next on my hitlist and almost my last as this family-owned business showed out with everything from chocolate glitter-covered strawberries to cookies to cupcakes to cookie cupcake hybrids! I was told by no less than a dozen people that their apple pie cupcake was the most delicious thing at the entire event.
Einstein Bros. debuted their new, limited time shmearfuls including the delicious French toast with maple shmear. Holtmann’s Donuts never disappoints with the fruity pebble, confetti, and s’mores donut bites. And of course, it wouldn’t be a Cincinnati Sugar Rush event without Graeter’s candies and ice cream!
The only thing more exciting than the sweet treats were the ornately decorated vendor tables. I have never seen so many extravagantly iced cake pops, cookies, and cupcakes in my life, not to mention the full-sized themed cakes from 3 Sweet Girls Bakery and Maribelle Cakery. Nothing Bundt Cakes brought out a selection of flavors, including a white chocolate raspberry, that made me never want to hear the word, “diet,” again. One of my absolute favorites of the evening had to be the Strawberry Crunch Cake from Ja’Dore Delectables. Bloc Coffee Shop had the longest line throughout the entire event, not just for the key lime cannolis and oatmeal whoopie pies, but they also brought a master barista who whipped up custom full-size lattes for every guest.
Cincinnati Art Museum was present giving away goodie bags and Cincinnati Ballet was raffling off tickets and offering photoshoots for all of the guests with the costumed ballerinas. Not to be outdone, Playhouse in the Park was raffling off a variety goodies to all guests from pens to bottle openers to show tickets for their upcoming Shakespeare in Love and A Christmas Carol.
As the scrupulously orchestrated event came to a close, I found myself making a mental note to be on the lookout for next year’s Sugar Rush. I can’t wait to cash in on all of my freebie coupons, although I’m sure my waistline will regret it later!