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Austin Ice Cream Festival
Austin, TX 78702
Source: Juice Consulting
The family-friendly festival will entail a day of fun in the sun with ice cream and frozen treats from local favorites and national brands. The event will start at 11 a.m. and end at 10 p.m. and feature various activities throughout the day for all ages, such as frozen treat sampling, savory local food trucks, adult beverages, numerous contests and activities including ice cream eating and frozen treat making competitions, a human foosball court, lawn games, a dunk tank, rock wall, water gun station, remote control boat racing, an after dark movie in the park, and so much more. This year's festival will also include two live music stages for both adults and kids with music presented by KUTX. The lineup includes Suzanna Choffel, DJ Chorizo Funk, Adam and the Bull Shark with more talent to be announced soon.
General Admission tickets are $15 and include three sampling tickets to redeem at up to 25 frozen treat-sampling stations presented by local ice cream, popsicle, shaved ice and frozen treat vendors. Children 8 and under receive free admission. Additional sampling tickets will be available for purchase. Early entry ZiP Fast Freeze tickets are $25 and will provide entry through a dedicated gate, access to an air-conditioned hospitality area and extra sampling tickets. More than 7,500 attendees are expected throughout the day, so festival-goers are advised to purchase their tickets asap! All ages are welcomed. This is a pet-friendly event. Tickets can be purchased at www.austinicecreamfestival.com.
The 11th annual Austin Ice Cream Festival ice cream samplers will include: H-E-B Creamy Creations, Central Market Small Batch Craft Ice Cream, Swoon by H-E-B, Amy's Ice Cream, Austin Scoops, Thai Fresh, Dippin' Dots, Moojo, NadaMoo! and Cold Cookie Company. Frozen treat samplers are Shaved Ice Island, Snow Monster, GoodPop, Steel City Pops, Southern Bunny Shaved Ice and Odd Pop. The savory food vendors include The Evil Wiener, Burro Cheese Kitchen, DFG Noodles, Shake Shack and Shawarma Point. More samplers are being added daily. Refer to www.austinicecreamfestival.com for updates.
The Austin Ice Cream Festival is also thrilled to announce the official sponsors for this year's event including H-E-B as Title Sponsor and sponsor of the Ice Cream Eating Contest, LCRA sponsoring the Climbing Wall, So Delicious Dairy Free sponsoring the Bubble Station, Pecos Pete's All Natural Tea & Soda Co. sponsoring the Water Gun Station and Shipt sponsoring the Chill Zone. Additional sponsors include Renewal By Andersen, Bath Expo Austin, Google Fiber, Springfree Trampoline, Inca Wasi, Texas Beer Bus Tours and State Farm. Media sponsors for this year's festival include KUTX/KUT, Texas Monthly, Austin Monthly, Time Out Austin, The Austin Chronicle, EASTside Magazine and Do512/Do512 Family.
The Austin Ice Cream Festival is the ultimate family summer celebration, said Austin Ice Cream Festival founder Doug Lyon.
This is a great chance to come together with friends and family to chill out and enjoy a unique Austin event. We are excited to feature new and interesting frozen treat flavors from some of Austin's favorite makers and new ones just coming on the scene. Grab a spoon and join us.
Contests and Best of ATX Frozen Treats
This year's Ice Cream Festival will crown the
Best Frozen Treat of Austinamong local frozen treat companies participating in the event. Event samplers will submit an entry to the contest to be voted on by the general public (Fan Favorite) and be judged by a panel of celebrity judges at the Ice Cream Festival. Fan Favorite voting starts the week of the event and continues on-site throughout Aug. 12. At-home ice cream makers, hobbyist chefs and crafters can also submit homemade frozen treats to participate in the
Homemade Categoryto be evaluated by the celebrity judges. Winners of the
Homemade Categorywill be named
Best of ATXand receive a commemorative Ice Cream Festival spoon trophy.
Best of ATX Frozen Treat contest will run alongside Austin Ice Cream Festival ice cream eating and popsicle stick sculpture contests. In addition to these competitions, there will also be an Ice Cream Eating Contest for attendees to put their taste buds to the test as they race to eat frozen treats. There will be multiple divisions for half-gallon, pints, half-pints for the kids, team challenges and more. Lastly, there will be a Popsicle Stick Sculpture Contest for contestants to create a sculpture made entirely out of popsicle sticks either at home or on-site at the fest and enter to win. Information on these contests can be found online at www.austinicecreamfestival.com.
ABOUT THE AUSTIN ICE CREAM FESTIVAL
In 2007, our LOVE of Ice Cream led us to create the Austin Ice Cream Festival. Summer is the perfect time for cold ice cream and a celebration for Austin's families, and so the Austin Ice Cream Festival was born. Every year the Austin Ice Cream Festival draws thousands of Austin families to Fiesta Gardens to eat delicious food, play games, participate in contests, listen to live music, interact with performers and did we mention ... EAT LOTS of ICE CREAM!
The Austin Ice Cream Festival has been revered throughout the country over the years. The 2016 Austin Ice Cream Festival was featured on The Today Show as a
Top Festival in the Country. The 2013 festival was named one of the Top 10 Summer Festivals by Fodor's Travel Guide. In 2011, the Austin Ice Cream Festival welcomed MTV to film an episode of
Teen Mom. In 2010, the festival welcomed Joey Chestnut, the World's Eating Champion, who challenged everyone in the Ice Cream Eating Contest. He was crowned winner after eating an entire gallon of ice cream in under 30 seconds! Finally, in 2009, Food Network Canada host of
Glutton for Punishment, Bob Blumer came to the Third Annual Austin Ice Cream Festival to win the Homemade Ice Cream Making Competition and take home coveted prize,
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