Ice Cream Jubilee opening at The Yards this Saturday

Ice Cream Jubilee
Photo courtesy Ice Cream Jubilee

From a press release:

“Ice Cream Jubilee, the only DC-owned and operated small-batch ice cream company, will open the doors of its first scoop shop on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 301 Water St, SE, at Yards Park along the Capitol Riverfront. Ice Cream Jubilee’s Grand Opening event will be open to the public during its regular store hours from 10:00AM – 10:00PM.

Ice Cream Jubilee was founded by Victoria Lai, an attorney-turned-icecreampreneur who began making and selling ice cream three years ago from a professional kitchen while working as a presidential appointee at the Department of Homeland Security. Since 2013, Ice Cream Jubilee has been selling its small-batch ice cream through select local markets and its old-fashioned ice cream cart. Ice Cream Jubilee won the People’s Choice Award for Best Ice Cream at the 2013 DC Scoop competition in a field of 19 entrants. It is also featured on the front page of this week’s Washington Post Food Section.

“After perfecting my flavors for three years, I am excited to make and serve ice cream at our new scoop shop and to bring more smiles to Washington, D.C.,” says Lai. “I love bringing people together around the joy of ice cream and the challenge of building something new.”

Ice Cream Jubilee reimagines the childhood joy of ice cream by combining sophisticated, international flavors with childhood-favorites like Banana Bourbon Caramel, Dark & Stormy, Mango Habanero, Thai Iced Tea, and Blueberry Pie. Using an all-natural super-premium local cream from Maryland, Ice Cream Jubilee’s product has a higher cream content and is scooped at a colder temperature than gelato, which makes it ideal for ice cream cones and sundaes. The full pictorial history of past flavors is available at

Ice Cream Jubilee’s opening menu will include an assortment of no fewer than 12 ice cream and sorbet flavors served in cups and cones, along with drip and iced coffee from local roaster Zeke’s. Sundaes and other baked and frozen treats will follow in the coming months. Ice Cream Jubilee’s summertime hours are 10:00am to 10:00pm Monday through Saturday, and 11:00am to 8:00pm on Sundays.”

6 Comment

  • This place is so great! I tried the Gin & Tonic and Chocolate Chocolate at their pre-opening event and both were so amazing. It’s a great addition to the neighborhood. Definitely check it out!

  • Hope they will also have vanilla! The kiddos are partial much as I like the idea of Bourbon and Dark and Stormy ice cream myself

    • They have the best vanilla icecream I’ve ever had. It shouldn’t even be called vanilla because it’s not boring at all. So flavor, much tasty.

  • justinbc

    Naturally before it’s even open there are 3 Yelp reviews already.

    • That’s likely because it has been operating as an ice cream cart for a couple months already. It’s been a staple of the Friday night concerts at Yards Park, so plenty of people have had a chance to try it out.

  • Very cool! Congratulations, Victoria! I worked in the office next to you at DHS. Goes to show you never know what people are doing outside of the office… best of luck to you! 🙂 We bought the ice cream at Each Peach (I think?) or another local market and it’s delicious!

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