By Hayden Walker

If we told you there was an endless pastry buffet filled with sweets and liquor in a magical wonder land filled with bicycles and your closest friends, would you believe me?  Well our dreams came true at this year’s Sips and Sweets event hosted at Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, as part of this year’s Austin Food and Wine Festival experience.  Our sweet-tooth was overwhelmed with delightful creations from local pastry chefs Erica Wasmunski (Congress), Janina O’Leary (LaV) and the creative team of TRACE.

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Janina O’Leary’s now Infamous Cream Puff Tower.
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Passion and creativity is on display in this glorious spread from Pastry Chef Janina O’Leary of LaV.
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Tourism Ireland and the Irish Government’s Tourism Minister of State, Michael Ring TD visited the event to promote the country’s exciting year in 2014 with the launch of the Wild Atlantic Way – the longest designated driving route in the world. It will also host the opening stages of the Giro D’Italia cycle race and many great events celebrating Limerick – City of Culture. Last year over one million Americans visited Ireland. At the last US census 44 million Americans claimed Irish heritage.
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(Right) Ombre sugar flower tower and bevy of glorious sweets from Trace Chef Angel’s enchanting dessert presentation
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Go ‘head, pick one! Pick two even!
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Life is indeed sweet. Chocolate sign anyone? Yes this entire banner is made of sweet chocolate!
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Chocolate Bavarois, Cherry and Port compote, Chocolate Streusel, Rose Foam

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Raspberry Genoise, Strawberry and Rhubarb Glaze, Passion fruit & Ginger Cremeaux

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Caramelia Brownie Salted Caramel and Pretzel Crunch
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Top off that sweet tooth with an ice cold shot of Patron XD Cafe Dark.
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Dark Chocolate Salted Carmels
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Does anyone dare to climb the now infamous Macaroon Tower?
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