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Ice Cream Festival

Explore the journey from cow to cone and get the scoop on ice cream and dairying. A variety of food services will also be on site as well as various organizations. This will be a tasty treat of a day not to be missed!


Ice Cream Making - Memory Park
10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Help make ice cream the old fashion way using a manual ice cream maker. Visitors will be able to sample this delicious velvety smooth ice cream.

Milkshake Making - Learning Centre (ongoing)
Closed from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Step back in time to a 1950s style Soda Fountain Shop and learn about the history of milkshakes. Discover how this drink soon became one of the most popular drinks of choice for the young and young at heart. Plus, get the scoop on scoops and discover how the ice cream scoop has changed over time.

Italian Pizzelle Tasting - Demonstration Kitchen (ongoing)

Take a trip to Italy in our demonstration kitchen where you will find our staff making pizzelles – a traditional Italian waffle cookie. Try a sample to go along with a scoop of ice cream. Plus, learn about the ice cream cone’s history and discover the ingredients used to make one.

Dairy Farmers of Ontario – From Cow to Cone - Small Tent Beside the Dairy Barn (ongoing)

Find out how much milk a cow produces each day, and how much of that milk is cream. How many ice cream cones does that make? The quantities are truly amazing! You can even practice your milking technique on the museum’s wooden cow.

Meet a Local Beekeeper – Near Admission Booth (ongoing)

A local beekeeper will be on site to give visitors the buzz about honeybees.

Monkey Rock Music Performance – Memory Park
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Ottawa’s own Monkey Rock Music will be on site to give a rockin’ performance for kids and their families. This show is not to be missed and 100% fun. Singing along is encouraged.

Cream Separation – Tent by Sheep Field 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

On average, cow’s milk contains 4% fat, 3% protein, 5% lactose, 1% minerals, and 87% water. Have you ever wondered how your local dairy produces 2% milk or 35% whipping cream? Learn about the separation of milk and cream while turning the crank of a centrifugal cream separator.

Stilt Walker – Between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

Keep an eye out for a colourfully dressed stilt walker roaming the Museum site!

Ice Cream Quiz Energy Park (ongoing)

Test your Ice Cream IQ in this fun ice cream challenge!

Ottawa Volunteer Search and Rescue – ongoing from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

SBO-OVSAR is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization that assists individuals and communities through search and rescue operations, education and prevention programs, and by providing support to emergency response organizations. Come and meet some of their members, and learn about Search and Rescue, and their Prevention Programs.

Le conseil des écoles catholiques de Centre-Est Kiosk
Tent beside Poultry House (ongoing)

Come join the fun with games and activities for all!

Tally-Ho Wagon Rides ($) 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (weather permitting)

Enjoy a tour through the fields of the Central Experimental Farm on the Tally-Ho wagon pulled by the dynamic duo, Paul and Padrig, the Museum’s Clydesdale horses.

Nestlé – Frozen Treats! – While supplies last!
In the Learning Centre

A special thank you to Nestlé for their kind generosity and donation of delicious frozen treats that will be served to our visitors during this fun filled day.

Kid’s Corner Learning Centre (ongoing):

Craft - Paper Ice Cream Cone

Join our guides to make a fun and creative paper ice cream cone craft to take home.

Games and storybooks

Fun games and books for kids of all ages!

Other demonstrations:

  • Rabbit Care – Poultry house 9:30 a.m.
  • Cow Washing or Care – Dairy Barn 1:15 p.m.
  • Afternoon Milking – Dairy Barn 4:00 p.m.

Food Services ($):

Stella Luna ($) Food Cart

Want to indulge your taste buds? The award winning Stella Luna will be on site to sell their delicious Italian gelato.

The Merry Dairy ($) – Ice Cream Truck

Merry Dairy will be on site to sell their mouth-watering homemade ice cream. They will offer vanilla flavoured ice cream with a selection of yummy toppings.

Pascale’s All Natural Ice Cream ($) Ice Cream Tricycle

Come try Pascale’s all natural ice cream made with fresh ingredients and no added preservatives. They have a wonderful selection of flavours to choose from. Try one, you will love it!

Oat & Mill ($) Food Cart

Made of 100% Canadian Organic Oats, this will surely delight all visitors. Come try this delectable frozen dessert!

Mr. Churritos ($) Food Cart

Mr. Churritoswill be on site selling their yummy traditional Latin American desserts – churros! It’s the perfect companion to gelato or ice cream.

The Hot Potato Company ($) Food Truck

The wonderful Hot Potato Company will be on site to offer a variety of food services.

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