Many of us were introduced to dessert combined with music was through Tchaikovski’s Nutcracker. Imagery of Spanish chocolate, sugar plum fairies, lemonade waters, and a kingdom of sweets delights viewers while the orchestra plays on.

Fast forward to the present day — another combination of dessert and music can be found in Whitehorse. Simply titled Dessert and Dance, the beat swinging annual event takes place on February 14 at the Mount McIntyre Rec Centre.

Dessert and Dance will feature performances from the All-City Jazz Band and the Whitehorse Big Band. This year will be the 14th event; proceeds fund the All-City Jazz Band for an upcoming cantando festival in Nelson, BC. In addition to the swinging sounds, a silent auction will be held. And, of course, a wide variety of homemade cakes will be available to tempt taste buds. The Whitehorse Curling Club will also be operating a cash bar.

Trumpeter Tristan Fox of the All-City Jazz Band is one of five event facilitators. The musician has been playing the trumpet since seventh grade and has never looked back.

“Honestly, I chose to play the trumpet because it has three keys. At the time, the other choice of clarinet was bit intimidating due to its 36 keys,” he says.

Fox is happy help with this fundraiser in any way he can.

“I hope everyone comes out for excellent entertainment and dessert,” he says.

As for Fox’s favourite dessert — he loves turtle cheesecake.

I don’t want to make any promises, but if one of the facilitators of the event has a favourite dessert, there might be some turtle cheesecake hanging around.

Dessert and Dance takes place Saturday February 14. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and are available at Dean’s Music Strings, Riverside Grocery, and online at allcityband.com.