King's Cross Ice Cream Festival

9.03.2012


Yesterday hubs and I went to King's Cross Ice Cream Festival, an annual two day event held at the end of each summer on the weekend. I only heard about it last minute but knew instantly it was the place to be on a greyish London afternoon. The festival consisted of various ice cream vendors (of course!) and other food carts too. People of all ages gathered and queued for almost hours at a time to get a try of all the different ice creams! Or should I say parents queued while children ran through the fountains despite the lack of warmth and sun... ah to be a kid again! They also had this really amazing ice cream ice sculpture that you could literally see melting away...


Activities like Dike & Son's cow milking tent kept the kiddies well entertained were a huge success! You could also find plenty of little one's sculpting away sand castles in the sand pit... and how amazing is that sculpture by Luc Valvona?!? After analyzing all of the ice cream trucks, hubs and I decided to go for the Shepherd's sheep's milk ice cream. They only had vanilla left by the time we reached the front (a good 30 minutes later) but it's a classic and tasted really rich and creamy so we weren't fussed. Then we sampled some of Lick Me I'm Delicious' ice cream... on a cracker... and it was hands down the most original flavor I've ever tried... Stilton and Port! Definitely more of an adult flavor and oh so good!


Crafts (all ice cream related obviously) were also a big hit. I loved seeing all the creativity the festival as a whole generated, not to mention the talent! Of course cows, ice cream's signature mascot, were everywhere and also dressed up in colorful patterns for the occasion. And let's not forget the petting zoo... lots of little ones eagerly waited for their chance to pet some real live animals including goats, sheep, and a cow. I would say it was a really lovely event in general... very family oriented, bringing together generations... all for a mutual love of ice cream. I would highly recommend marking this in your calenders for next year (sorry, next time I'll try to report events still going on so you too can join in on the fun!) regardless of your age. Kiddies will love it but I do warn you, come early and come prepared to queue... keep those two in mind and you'll be set for some great family fun!

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