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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Soft Peaks Organic Soft Serve Causes Gastown Sensation