Local Tourist (Nov. 2020): Cincy Dessert Festival + Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide

Posted November 30, 2020 by shooting in Cincinnati / 13 Comments

It’s the final weekday of the month and that means Local Tourist with myself and Dara from Not in Jersey. Did you go on any local adventures this month? Link up below!

Sunday, November 15: Cincinnati Dessert Festival

When we ordered the tickets for the Cincinnati Dessert Festival, we knew it was going to be a Drive-Thru format (you had to choose an entry time as they staggered people), and that it was supposedly taking place in a parking lot. We assumed that meant cars would drive through and the various dessert samples would be given to us as we went through (and then you voted for your favorites online). This might have been the plan, but it’s not exactly what happened, and I can’t say for sure what the original idea was going to be!

However, what happened, is we drove up beside a building and someone (through the window) asked how many we had for the Dessert Festival and we said three (me, my mom, and sister), and we pulled up a little further and they gave us three white boxes with some dessert samples. Now, the website/Facebook had said you’d get samples from over 20 Cincinnati businesses…and we definitely didn’t get that many. I forgot to take a photo, but it was still a decent amount. I don’t know if people dropped out because of Covid, or what happened, but it just didn’t seem to match up with what we thought was supposed to happen. Regardless, you can’t be mad at dessert, and it was fun to try things out.

As I said above, voting was done online. It was just a list of all the businesses that took part, and you chose the one you liked the best. I went with Nothing Bundt Cakes, because their mini bundt cake really was my favorite item in the box. All in all, it was an interesting experience. I’d love to go again when things are more “normal” and it’s not just picking up a box and going. I do have to say, though, I liked having more time to eat the sweets. These festivals usually have you vote while you’re there, so this was better in that regard!

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 Since today is the final day in November, I wanted to remind you about all of the Stocking Stuffer posts I’ve done (since some have coupon codes you can’t use beyond today). I had hoped to get everything posted in November, but time gets away from you – so I have a few more Stocking Stuffer posts (some with giveaways) to come in the next week!!

East Grove Studio: Throughout the month of November, you can get 15% off of your purchase if you use the following code: SHOOTINGSTARS

Just DREAM It Creations: the giveaway has ended here, but you can still see my review. Plus – use the code STAR25 for 25% off – this is good throughout all of November.

The Prints Maker: a feature of some cute mini calendars

Unforgettaballs: U.S. entrants can win a beautifully designed baseball of their choice. This giveaway is part of a hop, so you can find more giveaways too. All of these end on December 1.

Christina’s Baby Boutique: a look at some gift ideas for teachers, daycare workers, parents, and more (includes an interview with Christina). Plus- DEC2020 for 10% off her entire shop till Dec 20th

Joan’s Garden’s Soaps and More: U.S. entrants can win a Christmas box of soaps, lotion bars, and lip gloss. This is part of a giveaway hop – all giveaways end on December 2.

Tolton Avenue: giveaway has ended here, but you can see my review of a personalized wooden notebook and a wooden mini 2021 bucket list notebook (SUCH a great stocking stuffer).

LavenderChai: U.S. entrants can win a prize pack of two Christmas/Winter themed painting kits, Gift Tags you can paint, and some stickers – giveaway ends on December 2. You can also check out my review and interview with the shop’s owner in this post!

Custom Love Gifts: U.S. entrants can win 6 mini Hot Cocoa Mugs – giveaway ends December 2.

The Perennial Soul: U.S. entrants can choose their own mini house (various designs/quotes), which make wonderful decorations for bookcases or tiered trays. Giveaway ends on December 4. The post also includes my review!

13 responses to “Local Tourist (Nov. 2020): Cincy Dessert Festival + Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide

  1. A dessert festival sounds so fun, but that’s a bummer that it wasn’t quite what you had planned on. I guess any dessert is good dessert though, ha! 🙂

  2. Bummer the dessert thing wasn’t a little more elaborate… but I’m glad you had a good time and got some yummy desserts!
    I love those stocking stuffer ideas! I think people consider stocking gifts to be a thrown away thing but I love putting serious thought into them!

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  3. You made me giggle, because it is really hard to be mad about dessert. It’s interesting to see how people are trying to accomplish things these days. I cheer their creativity.

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