The Chant • August 10, 2018 • https://nchschant.com/13249/news/whats-the-scoop-eighth-annual-ice-cream-festival-provides-a-sweet-saturday-for-atlanta/
What’s the scoop? Eighth Annual Ice Cream Festival provides a sweet Saturday for Atlanta
Piedmont Park, located in the heart of Atlanta, houses the city’s most exciting events, including music performances, farmer’s markets, group yoga sessions, and a community favorite— the Ice Cream Festival. This year’s festival featured roughly 140 vendors, ranging from ice cream to handmade jewelry. “It was so great taking a day off of work and enjoying time with friends in Atlanta. I love spending time downtown for college, but nothing compares to festival days in the city,” Georgia State University student Autumn Boekeloo said.
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While the ever-increasing Atlanta temperatures keep heat-fearing people indoors where the air conditioning whirs on full blast, the promise of a sweet treat never fails to bring out a crowd. The Eighth Annual Ice Cream Festival, which took place in Piedmont Park on Saturday, July 28, offered an array of cold treats, hot food, hand-crafted knicknacks, and fun family activities.
“The Atlanta Ice Cream Festival was created to bring families to the park for a good old-fashioned fun day. We made sure to include various family focused services like group workouts, art, activities, city culture, and ice cream that the entire community could enjoy. We wanted people to come down to the park and create memories while enjoying America’s favorite dessert: ice cream,” director of the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival Kevin James said.
In addition to the edible treats at the festival, the Third Annual Leah Dortch Fight Cancer Walk kicked off the day’s festivities. Participants walked through the park with their end goal in mind: a cone of sweet, ice-cold ice cream. Yoga sessions and an all-day wellness center sponsored by The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authorityhelped participants burn off those extra scoops. While health stood as a priority at this festival, the event also offered a car showcase and an ice cream eating competition sponsored by Brusters Ice Cream for all the sugar monsters. In addition to this competition, festival attendees could also set up blankets and chairs to watch live music and fitness performances on the main stage.