April 2017 Highlights

Sweets Con and Desserts Expo

Sweets, treats, desserts and everything in between! What could be better than a day filled with the sweetest and most decadent treats the valley has to offer. The first ever Sweets Con and Desserts Expo is coming up and it is where guests can enjoy culinary delights from several of the best local and national chefs and bakers. Some of the participating vendors include Iced for Life and Oh So Good Mini Doughnuts.

Guests will enjoy free and paid samples and selections of sweet treats, savory bites and delicious desserts throughout the event. There is something for everyone, traditional flavors, vegan, gluten-free and more. Visitors will get to walk through the event grounds, visiting with a variety of vendors, all in their own time. No rush or hurry, spending a spectacular day in the valley Spring weather.

The event will be held Saturday, April 29 at the Peoria Sports Complex in the Northwest valley.  Early bird tickets are available online and ends April 5, 2017. Early Bird admission price for adults is $18 and kids are just $8.  Available online only, Early Bird VIP tickets are $35 for adults and $17 for kids 4 and over. General Admission tickets only will be available at the door for adults at $21 and kids 4 and over $11. Guests with general admission can enjoy an unprecedented selection of edibles and learn about new baking techniques, table spread ideas and decorating supplies and ingredients. There is also an exciting and fun-filled kids zone so the entire family can enjoy the day.

VIP Guests will be treated to free samples, fun-filled kids zone as well as a signature VIP Tote Bag, one-hour early access to the show, access to the Exclusive Candy Land VIP Soiree and Celebrity Guest and Character Meet and Greet.

“We are very excited about bringing this premiere sweet show to the valley,” says Meka Kiah, the founder of Sweets Con and Desserts Expo. “We have put a lot of heart and soul into this innovative event for the valley and are ready to showcase the amazing food there is to offer valley residents.”

Valley residents are encouraged to come out and join the fun with demonstrations, fun hands on learning from local bakers as well as get some of the latest tips and ideas from culinary stars. “This is where we are most excited for the visitors,” says Kiah. “Giving them exposure to chefs, bakers and other culinary experts, whom they wouldn’t have access to otherwise. Giving valley residents a chance to learn from some of the best in the industry and take home some new tips to try out themselves, as taste some simply delicious delights.”

For more information on the event day, parking, tickets and location, log onto sweetsconexpo.com.

Written by: Gretchen Pahia


Jennifer Solomon

With more than 15 years valuable experience in both media and public relations, Gretchen Pahia is a wife and mother of two. Over the years, Gretchen has used her media and public relations skills at a variety of firms in the valley and is now Principal and owner of Media by Connection. Gretchen is a firm believer that building lasting relationships with her clients is a strong background for achieving solid and visible results. She uses those same techniques at home with her family and boys. Keeping busy is her game, running around with two very active kids, who are growing bigger every day. Gretchen is a native to Arizona, born and raised here and a graduate of Northern Arizona University. She keeps active herself while enjoying running, working out, playing sports, watching movies with her husband!

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