The 11th annual Austin Ice Cream Festival has been announced for 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 an ice cream eating and frozen treat making competitions, lawn games, a dunk tank, rock wall, DIY water gun station, an after dark movie in the park, and so much more.
There will be various ticket levels available for purchase on June 29. 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 10,000 attendees are expected throughout the day.
All ages are welcomed. This is a pet-friendly event.
“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.