Celebration Saturday and Sunday includes ice cream, food from local restaurants, craft beers, music for adults and children, and the new Food Network show, “Food Fest Nation,” covering the “Best Sundae on Sunday” contest.
The Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival at Rockford Park returns Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29 with a fun-filled menu featuring America’s favorite dessert, ice cream.
The cherry on top will be a visit by the new Food Network show, “Food Fest Nation,” covering the “Best Sundae on Sunday” contest June 29. Nine dairies and creators of ice cream treats from in and near Delaware will put their best to the test for host Anthony Anderson.
Participating in the contest will be HyPoint Dairy, Kilby Cream, UDairy Creamery, Caffe Gelato, the Ice Cream Shop, Sweet Lucy’s, Palateria y Neuvaria Tocumbo, Cajun Sno and Vanderwende Dairy.
A team of professional cooks and food critics will judge the entries for presentation, imagination and taste sensation. Besides earning a year’s worth of bragging rights, the winner will receive free vendor space at next year’s festival.
“The Ice Cream Festival is a great tradition at Rockwood and it offers an opportunity for visitors to enjoy the beauty of this wonderful county park,” said New Castle County Executive Thomas P. Gordon. “We believe as many as 80,000 people could attend as the word gets out that this festival has been restored.”
New Castle County and Barry’s Events are cosponsoring the festival, which event producer Barry Schlecker calls “Delaware’s largest family picnic.”
Music and entertainment
The festival will feature music both days on two stages — one for adults and the other for younger audiences.
Performing Saturday on the adult stage will be Club Phred, No Stringz Attached, Kitty Mayo, Alex & Keegan, Colvin Atiba Fields, Out of the Beard Space, Checkered Heroes and Harry Spencer.
Sunday’s bands will be the Durkan Brothers, Imagine, the Mexican Folklore Group, the Wilmington School of Rock, Miracle Bro, Weekend Warriors, Kind of Creatures, Blue Shell Party and Poor Yorick.
On the children’s stage, Saturday’s lineup of musicians and other entertainers includes the Imagination Players, the Movement Studio, George Fox, Noah Taub (Wicked Waze), the Pegasus Drum Circle, Sophie Tyler, the Delaware Children’s Theatre and Radicans.
On Sunday, the Movement Studio and Hannah Selia will be among the children’s acts featured.
Other entertainment at the festival includes an appearance by The Lone Ranger and his great horse Silver and performances by the Juggling Hoffmans, the Brandywine Traveling Zoo, Annie’s Menagerie, Mad Science and Jungle John.
Hours and info
Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 28, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 29. Admission is $5 for adults, $1 for children under 12.
The address is 4651 Washington Street Extension, Wilmington. Free shuttle bus service will be provided between Rockwood and parking lots at Merchants Square, Mount Pleasant High School, and the Rockwood Office Park.
For a schedule of all performances and a full list of festival participants, go to rockwoodicecream.com