This was a busy weekend. I caught the ice cream crank-off at Chestnut Square right about tasting time.
The sun was hot and there were tons of people out for the event. I have to say it looked pretty intimidating.
I took a breeze around to scope things out. The lines were pretty long. I amost gave up. The thought crossed my mind, but then I started asking some folks about the flavors they’d tried.
People either loved or hated the basil-flavored ice cream. Someone else recommended the Cherries & Port flavor. When I heard about the Maple Bacon Waffle flavor, I decided to stick it out. Besides, there was good music playing and, this being Texas, it’s pretty much hot everywhere this time of year. Might as well be hot waiting to get some ice cream.
The lines weren’t all that bad. Well, I mean, they were worth it. The volunteers were great and the ice cream was better. I even tried the long line in front of the Chapel. There were four or five flavors at that table which included Peach and Milky Way. I especially liked the Milky Way flavor.
I made my way over to the other tents in front of the stage and got to try the Cherries & Port and the Maple Bacon Waffle Flavors. Both flavors were made by an outfit called Creamy Bastard. Their cards say, “live fast eat custard die pretty”. I thought that was pretty cool. I found them on Facebook … http://www.facebook.com/pages/Creamy-Bastard/129037737111167?v=wall. I loved both flavors and will buy them if it turns out that they are available to be bought.
About 45 minutes in, the booths began to run out of samples and the winners received their awards.
The crowd began to thin. As I was leaving, the vanilla booth was making more ice cream.
I thoroughly enjoyed the event. The lines can be a little frustrating but mostly because you never know what you are in line for. Luckily, the line for the tasting ticket (a wristband) was short and they could take both cash and credit cards. The only tips I can think of for people going next year is to wear comfortable shoes and plenty of sunscreen. There is not a lot of seating for sitting and enoying your samples but the event is short enough that I don’t know if bringing chairs would be worthwhile or not.
Until next time,