I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream

Chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, chocolate chip…is there anyone you know who doesn’t like the sweet, creamy deliciousness that is ice cream? Me either. And this weekend is your chance to learn all about one of the most popular desserts in the world at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum. For the price of admission to the farm, you can spend the day learning more about ice cream than you thought there was to know about this delectable treat.

Activities include Ice Cream Making (at 9:30am, 10:30, 11:30, 1:30pm, 2:30, and 3:30), where you will get to learn how to make ice cream by hand (using a manual, not electric ice cream maker). The best part of this demonstration is that you will get to sample the end product!

Ever wanted to try a 1950’s style Soda Fountain Shop? Or maybe relive your past in one? Well, here’s your chance. There will be one set up where you can discover the history of sundaes, and how they became one of the most popular dessert choices for people of all ages. You can also learn how ice cream scoops have changed over the years.

When was the first ice cream cone created? The Cone Corner is the place to learn about the history of cones, and to discover fun and different ways to use them.

If you are more into sorbet, then there is something for you too. There will be a booth where you can learn everything you didn’t know about sorbet (who knew sorbet had its own history?), and get to sample this sweet treat.

Did you know that more people in the world drink goat milk than cow milk? You can meet the dairy goats who live on the Farm, and learn more about these animals from the staff. At 9:30am and 3pm, you can also meet the Farm’s resident rabbits, Alfred and Celeste, and learn more about these fluffy creatures.

Have you ever wondered how you get 2% milk or 35% cream? Learn about the separation of milk and cream, and turn the crank of a centrifugal cream separator. Demonstrations will be at 11:30am and 2:30pm.

From 10am to 3pm, there will be a barn dance featuring DJ Rico’s music mix, and a photo booth where you can take a free photo to keep as a memento.

The Dairy Farmers of Ontario will be on hand to teach you about milk production (how much milk and cream can one cow produce in a day). Then, at 4pm, you can watch the cows being milked and you can practice your own technique on the museum’s wooden cow.

Face painting and wagon rides (weather permitting) will also be available, but there is a separate fee for those activities. Food vendors will be on site where you can purchase food if you wish (and haven’t filled up on ice cream!).

The Ice Cream Festival only runs one day, this Sunday, July 21, 2019, from 9:30 am to 4pm, so make sure you don’t miss out!