It’s almost time for our second annual Experimental Ice Cream Social, a homemade ice cream competition to celebrate the second birthday of the Underground Airwaves podcast.
Calling all ice cream makers & ice cream connoisseurs! Come show us your wildest ice cream creations!
When: Thursday, November 19, 6 to 8:30 pm. Ice cream eating begins at 7!
Where: Portland Mercado, 7238 SE Foster Road, Portland, OR 97206
This year we are taking our inspiration from dog shows! We’re inviting ice cream makers to compete in specific categories. The winners of each category will compete for Best in Show.
Ice cream makers: All categories will be judged on deliciousness, degree of experimentation, and realization of the theme. You don’t need to know what you’re making, but you have to commit to one of the following categories:
- Super-duper experimental
- Granny’s favorite
You will also be judges – but not in the category you entered.
Ice cream eaters: You can choose which category you would like to judge. If you choose to judge a specific category, you need to try every flavor within it. You can judge multiple categories – at your peril.
A crack team of ice cream judges will choose Best in Show among the winners of each category. Two rogue judges will choose best name among all entries. The judges cannot be bribed or swayed. Their morals are too firm.
We would love for you to use Organic Valley milk and cream—from organic family farms here in Oregon and Washington. To that end, we will provide coupons for free Organic Valley products to ice cream makers on a first-come first-served basis.
There will be great prizes! For example, homemade pottery by Zak Margolis, the chance to tell your story on the Underground Airwaves podcast, cookbooks, canned goods by Lola, $1, $2, a Free Spirit t-shirt, and who knows!
Price: Free to enter, free to eat.
How much ice cream do I need to make?
Can I enter the same flavor in more than one category?
Can I enter more than one flavor in a single category?
Can I enter more than one flavor, each in a different category?
Can I change my category after I sign up?
We will decide on a case-by-case basis. Please talk to Lola at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if the category I want to enter is already full?
You can get on the waiting list or suck it up and make something in a different category OR bribe Lola at email@example.com. Her morals are more questionable than the judges.
What time does the ice cream eating commence?
Can I bring my kids?
Of course, please do!
Will you have coolers and dry ice?
A few. Best if you can bring your ice cream in a cooler.
Will you have spoons?
Should I eat beforehand?
No! Eat at some of the delicious food carts at the Portland Mercado before, during, and after your ice cream meal.
Will alcohol be available?
You can purchase wine and beer at Barrio Beer & Wine Shop within the Mercado.
Do I need to divulge all of the ingredients in my ice cream?
Will you have stuff for me to make a sign with once I’m there?
Yes, but homemade signs are encouraged. Please include the ice cream flavor name and ingredients.
I am a professional ice cream maker. Can I enter?