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.

Photo sourced from Railtown Cafe on Facebook

The tour starts at Railtown Café for a sorbet and a hard ice cream. Railtown Cafe’s products are made by their award-winning pastry chef, who makes flavours such as Rocky Road and dulce de leche. Railtown also makes vegan ice cream, in versions such as  coconut vanilla.

The second stop is Cadeaux Bakery, where participants will try their famous ice cream sandwich.

Photo sourced from Cadeaux Bakery on Facebook

Photo sourced from Cadeaux Bakery on Facebook

The third stop is Soft Peaks in Gastown, a new boutique ice cream parlour that opened in February in Gastown.

Soft Peaks uses organic milk from local Avalon Dairy to make its soft-serve ice cream and offers toppings like Himalayan pink salt and yuzu marmalade. At Soft Peaks, the group will try the organic soft serve topped with Fraser Valley honeycomb.

The tours finishes in the tiny Twisted Ice Cream shop in Gastown for one last scoop.

The cost of the tour is $25 per person and includes all samples and a guide. It runs from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Wednesday and meets at Railtown Cafe.

Tickets must be purchased in advance; find info and tickets at Off the Eaten Track’s website.

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