Springtime means cherry blossoms, extended daylight, and an opportunity to indulge in pastel-colored treats for a good cause. Macaron Day 2016 takes place this Sunday (March 20), and many pastry shops around the city are participating in this annual international event.
The concept is simple: macaron-lovers get to enjoy the French treat at local sweets shops (with added perks), and proceeds from the sales of macarons will go towards charities and meaningful foundations.
Here are five places in Vancouver to get your Parisian sugar fix.
FAUBOURG (multiple locations)
Macaron-lovers will be delighted to know that this French pastry shop will be selling its signature macarons for $1 (half off the regular price). 100 % of macaron sales that day will be donated to the BC Cancer Foundation, and Faubourg’s owner—Franck Point—will match that donation. The goal is to sell 10,000 macarons, to raise $10,000. Point will make an extra $10,000 donation, to raise a total sum of $20,000 for the largest funder of cancer research in the province. Try its macaron of the month—a baguette macaron with a unique but tasty bread flavour.
BEL CAFÉ (801 West Georgia Street)
Located inside Rosewood Hotel Georgia, try its special edition caramelized honey and apricot macaron for $2. The double-decker treat will have a two tone shell filled with white chocolate ganache. Partial proceeds from the sales of this special macaron will go towards the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.
FRENCH MADE BAKING (81 Kingsway)
A donation jar will be available and each customer will receive a free mini macaron. A percentage of all the macaron sales will be donated to BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Guests will be able to choose from over 17 flavours for its regular-sized macarons, with the option of three different flavours for its large macarons.
THIERRY (1059 Alberni Street)
Available only on March 20, try the piña colada macaron made with a coconut shell, and filled with rum buttercream and pineapple jam. This flavour was inspired by Thierry’s time spent working in the Caribbean early in his career. A portion of the proceeds from the day’s macaron sales will go to St. Paul’s Hospital.
SOIRETTE (1433 West Pender Street)
Participating for the fifth consecutive year, Soirette will be giving away a free macaron to customers for a suggested donation. All donations and a portion of the day’s macaron sales goes to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation of B.C. and the Yukon. Try its classic flavours like salted caramel and pistachio, or its seasonal spring collection flavours—including cherry blossom and white peach.