Sunday’s first ever Seattle Ice Cream Festival might be the first when the exaggerated number of people claiming to be interested in a Facebook event may have been close to accurate.
It’s unlikely that 55,000 or even 15,000 attended — but if enthusiasm is any sign, the second festival might be a slightly larger production.
Sunday, a few thousand people stuffed 11th Ave and filled in the open marketplace of Chophouse Row to sample a taste or buy a scoop or three of the frozen treats from some of Capitol Hill and the city’s leading ice cream producers: Sweet Bumpas, Molly Moon, Bluebird, Cupcake Royale, Gelatiamo, Balleywood Creamery, Kurt Farm Shop, Full Tilt, Parfait, Half Pint, Trove, and Pink’s. Songs will be sung of the dozen first year providers who braved the pandemonium. Even neighboring doggie daycare Play on the Hill got in on the act with frozen treats for canine pals.
There were no contests or awards. Just a chance to buy and taste great ice cream. “It’s not about who’s better or who’s bigger,” Kurt Farm Shop’s Kurt Timmermeister told CHS about his plans for the free festival earlier this year. The result was a sunny and packed experience with a record high concentration of children on Capitol Hill.
It is almost certain that many remembering the day’s event will take a turn toward the Yelp end of things and let CHS know about the awful long lines, confusing layout, unclear offerings, and general gooey nut clusterness of it all. But you’ll also have to admit — that ice cream was pretty good.