Brain freeze! New tour dives into Vancouver ice cream shops

Photo credit m01229 | Flickr

Photo credit m01229 | Flickr

Baby, it’s hot outside.

It’s barely July and Vancouver has already experienced over a month of fantastic summer weather. The sunshine shows no signs of letting up, and that means it’s time to get serious about ice cream.

Off the Eaten Track, a local company that offers food tours around Vancouver, has just launched a new tour focused on all that’s cold and creamy. The Gourmet Ice Cream Tour starts July 8 and runs every Wednesday evening through September.

The tour lasts one hour and visits four local shops in the downtown area for samples. Here’s what to expect.

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Brain freeze! New tour dives into Vancouver ice cream shops

Soft Peaks Organic Soft Serve Causes Gastown Sensation

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Although it’s making a comeback in Asia, New York and LA, soft serve ice cream in Canada has always had a bad rep of being an over-sugared blend of cream and chemicals. However, two new ice cream kids on the block plan to change all that with Soft Peaks, Vancouver’s first 100% organic Avalon milk-based soft serve.

Co-Owners Dan and Ken Kim weren’t expecting line-ups when they soft opened last week, but they hadn’t counted on the city’s foodies, so when word got out on social media, queues began forming outside the small store on Alexander Street. “We thought that if we sold as much as 200 portions all day it would be incredible,” laughs Dan. “But within two hours of opening we’d sold out of everything. We had to go and buy a second ice-cream machine to keep up with demand.”

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20 Unmissable Vancouver Events in July 2012

Fresh Air Cinema. Photo credit: Flickr user Yaletown BIA

July starts out right with Canada Day pyrotechnics lighting up the summer night sky. And is there anything more summery than free outdoor movies – launching in Stanley Park, July 3?

Meanwhile summer festival season is in full swing by mid month. Catch folksy tunes at the annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival, July 15. The lovely Illuminares Lantern Festival lights up Trout Lake, July 21. Also July 21, Khatsahlano! Music Festival transforms Kitsilano into a block party with 30 local bands performing on multiple stages.

Among the quirkier happenings, I’m particularly intrigued by Scout’s Barkeep of the Year showdown at the Keefer Bar, July 2. Then there’s spectator-friendly robot racing (I’m not kidding) and clothes-free celebration at the nudie paradise Wreck Beach.

Of course July ends with a bang too. Celebration of Light, the most highly-anticipated summer event, brings fireworks back to the Vancouver skyline, July 28.

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20 Unmissable Vancouver Events in July 2012