Last year, the Brisbane Ice Cream Festival sold out in just 10 minutes, so it’s no surprise that in 2019, they’ve decided to churn the action into a double serve – with the festival now spanning a whole two days! On Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24, West End will cool off with three sessions a day to the big show, as well as additional pop-up events over the weekend.

On the Friday night before the festival, The Deck WV is hosting ‘Up Late’ – also known as Friday drinks with a candy-coated twist. For only $49, you’ll have the chance to mix your childhood favourites with something a little bit stronger before dancing the night away to a live DJ. Plus, you’ll score two hours of sweet treats served alongside two dessert cocktails – and sorbet mojitos are not something you want to miss!

 

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As for the next day, is there any better excuse to consume copious amounts of ice cream than a hangover? (I mean, not that anyone needs an excuse.) Following your treat-filled Friday night, head into West Village on Saturday and Sunday for the Brisbane Ice Cream Festival’s main event.

Admission is free (though registration is required), so you’ll be able to spend your savings on something far sweeter – and with 17 vendors, you’ve got buckets to choose from! Whether you’re after the special gelato-filled cannoli, a gluten-free and vegan delight, or a simple sundae for your Sunday, everyone is bound to find their flavour at the festival.

And, if you’re feeling sticky and sickly after your ice cream melts in your mouth, the Garden Pantry will have their three venues open to serve up savoury menu favourites in-between your multiple dessert courses.

If that’s not enough to tickle your tastebuds, the festival is also putting on a ‘Chef’s Playground’ on the Saturday night where four well-known local chefs have the challenge of serving up two dishes that fuse savoury and sweet. Hosted in West Village’s function space, The Bromley Room #2 for only $99, guests will each enjoy 8 unique dessert-dishes by the culinary experts paired with a few glasses of wine – which sounds like a combo that is simply mint to be!

The whole festival is sure to be a smash, so book now to make sure you don’t relive your childhood fears of missing the ice cream truck! Reserve your tickets on the Brisbane Ice Cream Festival website on Friday, 1 March at 9am.

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