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Ice Cream Festival 2023

12 days. 144 flavours. Three venues. Many a brain freeze.
By Concrete Playground
January 27, 2023
By Concrete Playground
January 27, 2023

I scream, you scream, we've all been screaming for ice cream — and, this February, our prayers are being answered once again. Victoria's annual Ice Cream Festival is back, taking place across three of the state's chocolateries and ice creameries: in the Yarra Valley, along the Great Ocean Road and on the Mornington Peninsula.

You may want to prepare the smelling salts, because each venue will be trotting out 12 new flavours a day between Wednesday, February 8–Sunday, February 19... for 12 days. That's 144 unique flavours all up, including scoops like negroni sbagliato, buttered croissant and dulce de leche cheesecake, plus Canadian maple waffle, and yuzu and peach.

For $24, you can book into a tasting session that covers 12 of the day's flavours at once — or you can just rampage around the place like a deranged, hungry Pac-Man and try to taste 'em all from $5.20 a scoop.

What's more, each of the venues — in Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery in Yarra Glen, Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery in Bellbrae and Mornington Peninsula Chocolaterie and Ice creamery in Flinders — has lovely grounds for you to lounge around in while enjoying your treats. Plus, you can grab a picnic box loaded with 12 mini scoops for $24. The view may well be lost on you as you slide into a sugar-induced happiness coma, but that's okay. They aren't inventing all those flavours for you to not try them.

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