What's Cooking on 1060: Philly Ice Cream Scoop

Hadas Kuznits
June 29, 2018 - 3:00 am
Philly Ice Cream Scoop

Hadas Kuznits / KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- It's not summer in Philadelphia without a proper ice cream festival. And there's a new event this year included in the city's annual Wawa Welcome America celebration.

The Philly Ice Cream Scoop takes place Saturday, June 30 at Reading Terminal Market:

"We're bringing in 14 companies from around Philadelphia that are all serving ice cream treats here in Center Court," said Alex Strange, a sixth generation employee of Bassett's Ice Cream.  

He says this ice cream festival is part of the Wawa Welcome America celebration, and for that, they'll be closing down Filbert Street.

"To make way for games, arts and crafts," Strange explained.

The ice cream festival is pay as you go, and Strange says there will be a lot from which to choose.

"We're going to have some vegan ice cream, popsicles, fresh baked waffle cones," he said, "somebody is going to be making ice cream on site."

And Strange says anything can happen at an ice cream festival during Philly's pre-Fourth of July holiday weekend.

"Last year, we had all of the ice cream shop owners in an impromptu ice cream eating contest! You never know what's going to happen," he said. "I hope to bring that back this year. I haven't told anybody about it so get ready!"

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