Vancouver’s love affair with the French macaron is about to hit a milestone: Today (March 20th) marks the city’s fourth annual Macaron Day, an occasion for which local bakeries and patisseries bring out their “Best In Show” each year.
It’s thanks to Parisian Pastry Chef Pierre Hermé that we dedicate an entire day to the petite, pastel-coloured treats that have become the emblem of French delicacy. Not to be confused with the coconut cake-like macaroon, traditional French macarons are made from a rich ganache sandwiched between two lightly sweetened meringue-like biscuits.
Modern bakeries have taken the pastry across the entire flavour spectrum, moving beyond the customary raspberry or chocolate into the realms of matcha, black sesame, champagne, rose, saffron and even black garlic.
If you’ve been hoping for an excuse to sample the best of these melt-in-your-mouth confections, there’s no better time, as many bakeries are donating proceeds to charities this year.
Visit BC Living online for their list of top spots to celebrate Macaron Day in Vancouver.