June 20, 2024

Bassetts Ice Cream and 11 other Philly ice cream artisans come together for the summer’s sweetest Saturday

PHILADELPHIA – One of the largest ice cream festivals in America is back on Filbert Street this summer. Reading Terminal Market and Bassetts Ice Cream will host their annual Ice Cream Festival on Saturday, July 13 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. In addition to Bassetts, 11 local ice cream artisans will join in the fun alongside Reading Terminal Market merchants. The event will feature ice cream eating contests, sweet treat specials, food demonstrations, live entertainment, and more.

Philadelphia ice cream favorites including Franklin Fountain, Milk Jawn, Scoop DeVille, Tubby Robot, Weckerly’s, and more (full list below) will be outside on Filbert St. selling their sweet treats and hosting activities throughout the day such as:
• Ice cream eating contests
• Themed games
• Recipe demonstrations
• Arts and crafts

In addition to classic ice cream treats, guests will enjoy specials from various Market merchants including:
• Brioche French toast with ice cream
• Sundae cupcakes
• Churro sundae
• Peaches and cream milk shake
• Macarons with ice cream
• Phillies-themed sundae
• and more (full list below)

Live performances from Settlement Music School on Filbert St. (12 p.m. and 2 p.m.) and a DJ in the Market (12p.m. – 4p.m.) will entertain attendees throughout the day. Settlement Music School will also host a free children’s music workshop on-site from 1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. The Ice Cream Festival is sponsored by Nemours Children’s Health and the Reading Terminal Market Merchants’ Association/All About Events with additional supporting opportunities still available.

Entrance to the event is free; all treats are available for purchase. No pup cups, sorry – dogs will not be permitted inside the festival area.

Participating Ice Cream Artisans:
Bassetts Ice Cream – ice cream
Cloud Cups – gelato and sorbet
Dreams Ice Cream – ice cream
Franklin Fountain – ice cream
Hangry Bear – ice cream
Mango Hut – vegan sorbet
Milk Jawn – ice cream
Scoop DeVille – ice cream
Siddiq’s Water Ice – water ice
Tubby Robot – ice cream
Weckerly’s Ice Cream – ice cream

Merchant Specials: (as of June 17)*
Beck’s Cajun Café – Brioche French toast with toasted pecan praline syrup and vanilla ice cream
Butcher’s Bantry – The Ice Cream Social Sandwich
El Merkury – Churro loop sundae
The Famous 4th Street Cookie Company – Cookie ice cream sandwiches
Flying Monkey Bakery – Sundae cupcake
Hunger Burger – Peaches and cream milk shake
Kensington Food Co. – Chocolate and vanilla ice cream with balsamic glaze and extra virgin olive oil
Molly Malloy’s – Raspberry prosecco sorbet, Moose Tracks poptart, vanilla cold brew affogato
Old City Coffee – TBD
The Pennsylvania General Store– Assortment of ice cream sandwiches
Sparrow’s Gourmet Snacks – Chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich
Tambayan– Assorted macarons with ube or mango ice cream
The Head Nut– Phillies-themed Sundae

For the most up-to-date information, please visit https://readingterminalmarket.org/event/ice-cream-festival/.

About Reading Terminal Market
One of America’s largest and oldest public markets, the Reading Terminal Market serves as a public trust providing a venue for independent local businesses to showcase the Philadelphia region’s culinary bounty and cultural diversity. Housed since 1893 in a National Historic Landmark building, the Market offers an incredible selection of farm fresh produce, meats and poultry, plus the finest seafood, cheeses, baked goods, confections, flowers, jewelry and crafts. The Market is managed by a not-for-profit as a tenant of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority, which has owned the historic Reading Terminal since 1990. In 2014, the American Planning Association named Reading Terminal Market as one of the 10 Great Public Spaces in America and in 2021 and 2022 the Market was voted Best Public Market by USA Today’s 10Best.