• Event Profile: Dessert Goals Hits the Sweet Spot

    Dessert Goals creates a complete experience that attendees today are expecting from events.

     
    POSTED July 25, 2019
     

    The Instagram Garden provides a photo-worthy backdrop

    The Instagram Garden provides a photo-worthy backdrop
  • Event Profile: Dessert Goals Hits the Sweet Spot

    Dessert Goals creates a complete experience that attendees today are expecting from events.

     
    POSTED July 25, 2019
     

    Dessert Goals founder Miraya Berke (right)

    Dessert Goals founder Miraya Berke (right)
  • Event Profile: Dessert Goals Hits the Sweet Spot

    Dessert Goals creates a complete experience that attendees today are expecting from events.

     
    POSTED July 25, 2019
     

    Party Animal was the March 2019 Dessert Goals theme

    Party Animal was the March 2019 Dessert Goals theme
  • Event Profile: Dessert Goals Hits the Sweet Spot

    Dessert Goals creates a complete experience that attendees today are expecting from events.

     
    POSTED July 25, 2019
     

    Chameleon Cold-Brew provided complimentary coffee at the March 2019 event.

    Chameleon Cold-Brew provided complimentary coffee at the March 2019 event.
  • Event Profile: Dessert Goals Hits the Sweet Spot

    Dessert Goals creates a complete experience that attendees today are expecting from events.

     
    POSTED July 25, 2019
     

    Attendees pose with their soft serve ice cream cones from Matcha n’ More.

    Attendees pose with their soft serve ice cream cones from Matcha n’ More.

It was, appropriately, over shaved ice that Miraya Berke and Liang Shi came up with the idea for a dessert festival. Berke, who has a background in events, and Shi, a designer, teamed up and founded Dessert Goals. After selling 1,000 tickets within minutes of opening registration for their first event in fall 2016, Berke and Shi knew they were onto something big with their dessert-centric event. Eight events later (two of which took place in Los Angeles), Dessert Goals NYC is now a 3,000-6,000-person, multiday festival.

Beyond carefully selecting vendors for each event, Dessert Goals’ mission is to create a full experience that makes it “the best day ever” for attendees. The Instagram Garden is expertly designed with backdrops and encourages guests to snap pictures of their desserts and share with their social media following. The salt bar is stocked with snacks to cleanse palates between treats and, if it wasn’t already sweet enough, there’s also a free candy bar. “The experience is designed to make you feel like a kid at any age,” says Berke.

Each iteration of Dessert Goals features a new venue and theme to make it feel new; return vendors are also limited. “Once we have a theme, we think through the graphic branding for the event, the photography backdrops, how vendors can make exclusive desserts and what the décor will be. We’ll also add songs to the playlist that go with the theme,” says Berke, who is now leading the charge while Shi pursues other endeavors.

Vendors are known to pull out all the stops at Dessert Goals. “Rebecca’s Cake Pops is an attendee favorite,” says Berke. “She makes stunning cake pops that are works of art. At Dessert Goals she launched her ‘boucakepop,’ an ice cream cone filled with cake pops, and for each event she has new characters and creations. Attendees can’t get enough!”

Sponsors also play a role in engaging guests. Duncan Hines made a station at the March 2018 event where attendees were guided through making their own mug cake. Red Vines and Sour Punch sponsored the candy bar at the March 2019 event and built a candy curtain backdrop that guests walked through to get inside. Petmate, another sponsor at the most recent event, designed a Central Bark dog and human café (a play on “Friends” Central Perk).

The new generation of festivalgoers, indeed, is being indulged at Dessert Goals.

Gateway to the Rockies & Find the Fun

 

Hosted by food visionary and “Top Chef Masters” winner Chris Cosentino and produced by Ride Napa Valley, CLIF CampoVelo Napa Valley is an annual three-day weekend blending the best of the culinary, cycling and wellness worlds. Cosentino, along with 20 other chefs, pro cyclists, winemakers and other notable people lead the weekend that encompasses myriad activities designed to support Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition and Chefs Cycle for No Kid Hungry.

 

Perhaps the Beatles said it best… “You say you want a revolution, well you know… We all want to change the world…”