A sneak peak of 2020 Shanghai Dessert Festival

Li Anlan Li Fei Gu Xiaoying
Highlights include mille-feuille from LA Fantasia, caramel sea salt ice cream from Luneurs, fresh gelato from Grom and several brands specializing in artisan chocolates.
Li Anlan Li Fei Gu Xiaoying
Shot by Ma Xuefeng. Edited by Ma Xuefeng. Subtitles by Wang Xinzhou and Andy Boreham.

The 2020 Shanghai Dessert Festival kicked off on Friday at the Bund Finance Center, the latest landmark overlooking the Bund skyline, gathering more than 50 dessert and dining brands and restaurants from across Shanghai to present the ultimate feast of treats.

The carnival will continue through this weekend. Highlights include mille-feuille from LA Fantasia, caramel sea salt ice cream from Luneurs, fresh gelato from Grom, coconut delights from Cococool and several brands specializing in artisan chocolates.

A sneak peak of 2020 Shanghai Dessert Festival
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The 2020 Shanghai Dessert Carnival is taking place this weekend at the Bund Finance Center.

Tickets, priced at 100 yuan (US$14), include a dessert passport, with which each visitor can try up to 12 desserts. The waiting lines are expected to be long over the weekend, and popular stalls are already seeing large crowds on opening day.

In addition to delicious ice creams, cakes, pies and drinks, the carnival is also an opportunity to discover new restaurants and brands, sample their new offerings and purchase your favorite to bring home.

A sneak peak of 2020 Shanghai Dessert Festival
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Visitors take photos with their favorite desserts at the carnival on Friday.

Popot is one of the newer restaurants in town with a fresh concept: serving French recipes in glass jars, with the occasionally Asian twist. It opened on Jianguo Road W. a little over a year ago. The dishes are crafted by French chef Morgan Lotterie.

Yu Jingjing, co-founder of Popot, explained that the concept is based on sustainability and healthy eating, as the glass jars and tableware are all environment-friendly. Lotterie and other chefs at Popot have extensive experience in top restaurants, and they’ve transformed the flavors of formal French dining into delicacies in jars.

A sneak peak of 2020 Shanghai Dessert Festival
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Popot specializes in healthy, casual French cuisine served in sustainable glass jars.

“Our restaurant doesn’t use any plastic products. All of the foods are packed in glass jars. Our chefs have turned traditional French cuisine into a causal, healthy eating concept. The dishes are great to pair with bread,” explained Yu. “We also offer some unique wines in the restaurant, our idea is affordable cuisine with quality that can match the top restaurants.”

The event is part of Shanghai’s Quality Life Week starting this weekend. A series of shopping, entertainment, culture and dining events will be hosted across the city.

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