Tickets have gone on sale TODAY for the 11th annual Austin Ice Cream Festival presented by H-E-B coming up on Saturday, Aug. 12 at the beautiful Fiesta Gardens along Lady Bird Lake. 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 Austin” among 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 Category” to be evaluated by the celebrity judges. Winners of the “Fan Favorite,” “Professional Category” and “Homemade Category” will be named “Best of ATX” and receive a commemorative Ice Cream Festival spoon trophy.
This “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.