Whether you notice it or not, rainbow-hued goods are surfacing throughout the city for a simple reason: Pride season is approaching.
The local food-and-beverage industry isn’t one to miss this celebration, and many establishments around town are serving up colourful creations. Besides quenching thirsts, satisfying appetites, and proving delicious, these themed treats are also highly photogenic.
Here are five multicoloured desserts to enjoy ahead of the Vancouver Pride parade (August 4).
Rainbow Sugar Buns
These hot commodities are making a return this year, and they’re exactly the way that Vancouverites like ’em: fluffy, sweet, and full of colour. Known as rainbow buns during the Vancouver Pride season, they are the exuberant counterparts to the regular sugar buns on offer throughout the year, characterized by a rainbow cream filling inside sugar-dusted pastry. You may be concerned about finishing an entire bun in one sitting—but trust us, they are well worth the calories. A dollar from each purchase will be donated to the Dr. Peter Aids Foundation.
Find them at giovane cafe + market + eatery at the Fairmont Pacific Rim (1038 Canada Place).
Pride Pillow Cakes
Vancouver’s newest cake shop and café is offering sets of tiny, adorable sweet treats, aptly named Pride pillow cakes. Made using French baking techniques paired with Asian flavours, each colour-of-the-rainbow dessert features a different flavour, including raspberry yogurt, guava cheesecake, mango passion fruit, matcha sesame, pineapple coconut, cassis peppermint, and lavender blueberry. Bring them to any parade-viewing spot or Pride party and you’ll be the most popular person in the room.
Find them at Buttermere Patisserie Cafe (636 Main Street).
You get the best of both worlds with this Pride treat: French pastry meets classic North American gluttony. To be fair, these macaron doughnuts don’t incorporate any deep-fried dough, but the spirit lives on with this ring-shaped dessert. Dollops of rainbow buttercream are sandwiched between sprinkle-covered macaron shells.
Find them at the Lazy Gourmet (1605 West 5th Avenue), with a minimum order of three macaron doughnuts.
Rainbow Chocolate Domes
What better way to celebrate Pride than with chocolate? A local chocolatier is marking the occasion with some rainbow confections that pay homage to iconic cocktails. Featured flavours include negroni, mango martini, lemon drop, lime margarita, blueberry martini, and purple haze. A dollar from each Pride chocolate box sold will be donated to the Dr. Peter Aids Foundation.
Find them at Temper Chocolate and Pastry (2409 Marine Drive, West Vancouver).
Pride Ice-Cream Bar
There’s never a bad time for frozen desserts, especially in the summer. A pop-up in downtown Vancouver is offering Pride ice-cream bars: made with citrus ice cream, dipped in decadent white chocolate, finished with rainbow-hued sweet drizzles, and put together with a neat silver ribbon. We’re sure these treats sell out quickly—especially since they look so good on camera. Partial proceeds from each sale go to the Dr. Peter Aids Foundation.
Find them at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (900 West Georgia Street), in front of the Burrard Street entrance.