We went to 'Avocado Con,' where you can try avocado ice cream, pizza, and cupcakes

Avocados have a special place in people’s hearts and stomachs.

The country’s appetite for the rich, buttery fruit (yes, avocado is a fruit) has nearly quadrupled since 2000, according to data from the Hass Avocado Board. Americans consume about 4.25 billion avocados every year, despite shortages sending prices sky-high at grocery stores.

On March 19, San Franciscans gathered for the Bay Area’s first ever Avocado Con, a celebration of all things avocado. Take a look.

California is the avocado-growing and eating capital of America. Thousands turned up for the sold-out Avocado Con, which featured 15 food trucks peddling avocado-infused foods.

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Source: Washington Post

Every vendor sold an item -- either one already on the menu or an original creation for the event -- that included sliced, diced, scooped, or mashed-up avocado. It cost $US5 (about $A6.55) to attend.

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Like any fan convention, many attendees dressed for the theme.

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I started with the $14 Avocado Pizza, a personal pie topped with bacon, mushrooms, red onion, and avocado, from Firetrail Pizza. The savoury combo tasted like a BLT on steroids.

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While the crumbled bacon and creamy avocado were a match made in brick-oven heaven, I felt like the avocado could have been used more creatively. The slices just sat on top.

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I passed one booth where employees of pop-up restaurant Nombe were hard at work peeling, slicing, and seasoning avocados before tossing them into a deep fryer.

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The 'avofries' are drizzled with serrano-pepper and lime aioli and cost $US8 (about $A10.45).

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Some foods looked guilt-free and refreshing, like zucchini noodles tossed in a pine-nut-free, avocado-infused pesto sauce from Raw -- A Juice Company. It cost $US10 (about $A13).

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The Steamin' Holy Guacamole Burger from The Steamin' Burger food truck took gluttony to new lengths. Their burger featured generous amounts of guac at no extra cost.

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Any dish could be transformed for Avocado Con with a dollop of guacamole.

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The desserts were also plentiful. Oakland bakery Marley's Treats drew crowds for its vanilla cupcakes topped with avocado frosting, among other treats.

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I tried a single scoop of avocado custard topped with crumbled Oreo cookies from the FK custard truck.

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I was disappointed by just how much it tasted like vanilla bean ice cream.

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However, the company's Avocado Boba Milk Shake blew me away. It was creamy like a Wendy's Frosty and light like boba tea. A fruity flavour gave way to an avocado finish.

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Poke Delish serves up fresh, customised poke bowls out of its restaurant in San Francisco. Its food truck drew hour-long lines all day (which I was not brave enough to join).

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Typically, customers can choose white or brown rice or greens as their base. But at Avocado Con, the company served its famous poke bowls out of halved avocados.

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For protein, customers could choose from salmon, tuna, shrimp, or tofu. They could load it up with toppings like seaweed salad, kimchi, edamame, cucumber, or fish eggs.

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The cost: $US14 (about $A18.25). Judging by the happy look on customers' faces, it was worth the wait.

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Here's hoping Avocado Con returns to San Francisco next year!

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Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

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