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San Diego's first-ever ice cream festival promises cool summer fun

Posted at 5:16 PM, May 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-23 20:25:27-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Get ready for the coolest summer chill out, San Diego.

The first annual Scoop San Diego Ice Cream Festival comes to North Park on June 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., promising a taste of San Diego's best ice cream concoctions.

Here's the scoop: The event celebrates San Diego's evolving craft ice cream and gelato offerings while also raising money for underserved communities. This year's festival will benefit the Monarch School, which supports educating homeless youth in San Diego.

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Scoop San Diego was created by San Diegan and Hammond's Gourmet Ice Cream co-founder Daniel Szpak. Though Szpak isn't a part of Hammond's any longer, his love for ice cream led him to create San Diego's "first-ever" ice cream festival.

“Everyone loves ice cream, and we have so many unique shops in San Diego,” Szpak said. “While you’re satisfying your sweet tooth at Scoop San Diego you’re also helping the people in our community who need it the most. That’s our mission at Scoop San Diego: to showcase the tastiest local ice cream and gelato, to be of service to the community, and to have fun!”

Tickets are on sale for $20 (single ticket with 10 samples) or $35 (shareable ticket for one sample from each vendor per guest). Ticket prices will jump $5 is purchased on the day of the event.

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Vendors will be scooping together 1- to 2-ounce samples for attendees. For comparison, the average scoop of ice cream is about 4 to 5 ounces.

So far, a variety of chilly treats is expected from vendors such as:

  • Moo Time Creamery
  • Dixie Pops
  • Scoops La Jolla
  • Mutual Friend Ice Cream
  • Holy Paleta
  • Gelato Love
  • Snoice
  • Esco Gelato
  • Mariposa Ice Cream
  • An's Dry Cleaning
  • Cabetos Pops
  • Stella Jean's Ice Cream
  • Bing Haus Dessert & Coffee
  • Jojo's Creamery
  • Buona Forchetta
  • Gelati & Peccati
  • Gelato Paradiso
  • Chocolat
  • Handel's
  • The Paleta Bar

For those who aren't always a fan of ice cream, vendors with non-ice cream offerings are scheduled to attend. Dairy-free and vegan options will also be available.

More information and ticket details can be found online here.