Monday, December 9, 2013
Old Port sugar pushers – um, dessert merchants – are sponsoring another “Sweet Weekend in the Old Port” this year, from May 10-12.
Last year’s event was a lot of fun. Hordes of candy, cupcake and ice cream lovers turned out to walk the brick streets of downtown Portland as if it were a Candyland board.
Here’s how it works. Go to any of the 10 participating business (listed below) and ask for a “Sweet Passport.” You can pick up your passport anytime beginning May 3. On the Sweet Weekend, walk around the Old Port and get your passport stamped as you sample the treats the bakeries, confectioners and ice cream makers have laid out for you.
At some of the stops, you might get a little cupcake from East End Cupcakes:
Or some fudge or jelly beans from the Old Port Candy Co:
Or maybe a sample of The Dude, one of the more popular flavors at MDI Ice Cream:
The other stops are:
Bam Bam Bakery
Coastal Maine Popcorn
GoBerry Frozen Yogurt
Mornings in Paris
The Gelato Fiasco
Two Fat Cats Bakery
There’s no purchase necessary to get your passport stamped, although it might be a struggle to get out all those the doors without giving into temptation at least once. And be aware the shop owners might ask you to do something silly, like solve a riddle, in exchange for the stamp.
At the end of your stroll, trade in your passport for a Sweet Rewards Card. The card is good for one free treat at eight of the participating locations, and you can use it until July 14.
Questions? Email SweetWeekendOP@Gmail.com or go to the event’s Facebook page.
See you in the Candy Cane Forest, just beyond Gum Drop Mountain.
Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.
Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business before turning to journalism more than a decade ago. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs. A newcomer to Portland, she is an online content producer for the Press Herald.
Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or saxelrod [at] pressherald.com.
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