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Ice-cream tasting festival comes to Downtown DeLand Friday
posted Jun 25, 2013 - 5:01:38pm
Downtown DeLand will cool off with a palette of ice-cream flavors in the newest festival to hit the main street.
From 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 28, more than 20 businesses will offer creamy samples for the first Ice Cream Tasting.
The businesses will invent their own flavors, using ingredients that will remind visitors of their stores, according to Martha Ashley.
Ashley, owner of Wolfe's Gallery, came up with the idea for the tasting, after observing how popular wine and beer tastings have been in Downtown DeLand. She wanted to do something similar.
“They are successful events enjoyed by many people,” Ashley said. “But I realized a lot of people don’t drink, and kids can’t participate.”
The ingredients provided by the businesses will be taken to the Sweet Spot, where owner Jimmy Brissey will use them to make ice cream.
“Businesses come up with the flavors to showcase their stores, but we are also showing off our talent,” Brissey said.
Some flavor examples include Sherry by Elusive Grape, Chocolate-Covered Bacon by Sweet Things, Barbecue by Bill & Frank's Brickhouse Grill, Chai by Kathryn’s Beads and Baubles, and Coffee Coconut Bon Bon by Wolfe's Gallery. The Beacon's flavor will be Black & White and Read All Over — of course.
Each location will give out half-ounce "kiddie cones" filled with the business's invented flavor.
Kathryn Reigel, owner of Kathryn’s Beads and Baubles, said she loves ice cream, and can’t wait for the tasting, calling herself an “ice-cream connoisseur.”
It will be an extra-special day for Kathryn’s Beads and Baubles, as June 28 is the business's 10-year anniversary. Reigel said she is glad God brought her and her husband to DeLand 10 years ago.
“You could not ask for a better community,” Reigel said. “This community has kept me alive during a horrific economy, and the home-going of my husband five years ago."
Reigel will offer free “belly blessings” all day Friday, featuring her homemade hummus and jelly, in celebration of the anniversary.
Tickets to take part in the Ice Cream Tasting cost $10 for adults, and $5 for children age 12 and younger. Each participant will receive a passport, which Reigel called an “ice-cream road map.” The passport will list all the businesses that will be handing out ice-cream samples.
Once the passport has been signed by every business, the passport allows the participant to enter a drawing to win one of three prizes. Each prize contains about $400 worth of gift certificates and merchandise from the businesses participating in the tasting, Reigel said.
After the tasting concludes, participants will be asked to vote for the top three flavors. Opinions vary on which flavors will be winners, but all agree the whole community will enjoy the variety.
“Once everyone tries all the flavors, Jimmy will have to make many more interesting flavors in the future,” Sarahrose Ministeri, assistant director at the MainStreet DeLand Association, said.
Ice Cream Tasting tickets may be purchased in Downtown DeLand at Funky Trunk Treasures, Kathryn’s Beads and Baubles, the Sweet Spot, and Wolfe's Gallery.
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