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Free Ice Cream at Union Market’s DC Scoop Event Sunday

by Prince Of Petworth July 15, 2016 at 4:15 pm 8 Comments

“Over 3,000 Washingtonians turned out for the fifth annual DC Scoop event last year” Photo credit: Travis Vaughn

From a press release:

“Union Market, northeast D.C.’s vibrant retail and culinary district, invites local families, friends and ice cream fans out for the sixth annual DC Scoop event on Sunday, July 17 from 1 to 4pm. The highly-anticipated, free ice cream extravaganza will take place at Dock 5, the indoor space above the Market, where ice cream vendors from 11 different creameries will put their best foot forward to win the coveted “Best Ice Cream” title.

DC Scoop guests will enjoy a wide array of free samples and servings for purchase, including gelato, ice cream sandwiches, popsicles and soda shoppe-style scoops. Frozen treat fanatics at the family-friendly event can also participate in ice cream-eating contests, raffles and giveaways. Timber Pizza Co. will provide savory complements to patrons’ favorite desserts, while Union Market vendor Buffalo & Bergen will join the fun to serve Root Beer Floats to kids.

Nicecream Factory, the 2014 and 2015 DC Scoop winner, pairs liquid nitrogen with fresh local ingredients to create flavors for customers on the spot, a business model developed by owners Gilbert Welsford and Sandra Tran. “We were so excited to be recognized,” says Welsford. “There were so many incredible competitors participating in last year’s DC Scoop event. We’re passionate about what we do and we were glad to provide the D.C. area with what we think is the best ice cream out there.”

A panel of judges – including ice cream aficionados from Dolcezza and Puddin’ – will help crown the winner of DC Scoop. “Bringing a little sweetness to northeast D.C. is something we look forward to each summer here at the Market,” says Toyin Alli, owner of Puddin’. “I’m honored to be part of the Trinidad community and live out my dream of being an ice cream judge at DC Scoop.”

DC Scoop 2016 participants

Little Baby’s Ice Cream
Carmens Italian Ice
Pops by Haley
Westrays Finest
Cream Cruiser
Ruby Scoops
Milk Cult
Mikey Likes It
Dolci Gelati

Sunday, July 17, 2016
1 – 4 p.m.
Dock 5 @ Union Market
1309 5th Street NE”

  • Anon. E. Mouse

    DC Scoop is not worth it any more. It used to be a great event, but each year the lines for the free samples have just gotten longer and longer, and the sizes of the samples smaller and smaller – like literally just a spoonful like they’ll give you to sample a flavor at Dolcezza or Pitango. It isn’t worth waiting in line for 10-15 minutes for each tiny sample.

  • Jane

    Tangentially, does anyone know why Trickling Springs pulled out of Union Market? We were so disappointed to see them go!

    • skaballet

      I don’t go to Union Market very often, but had no idea they were gone. They are fantastic! Wish they would setup shop somewhere else in the city.

    • saf

      According to their website, they are still there.

    • Trinidad Resident

      I had a scoop there on Thursday. They are definitely still open Tues-Sat.

  • AnonV2

    I was just there last night and could have sworn they were serving. Did you last go on a Sunday? They are closed Sunday.

    • DF

      There’s a pop-up ice-cream place there on Sundays. It’s the one from Philly with the weird sriracha flavored crap. I wish Trickling Springs would open up more shops. DC is sorely lacking in virtually any ice-cream shops. :(

      • siz

        so true. trickling springs is, by far, the best ice cream shop in DC. wish they had more retail locations!


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