During the second week of June some 9600 gallons of ice cream from all over the state will be making its way to Boston. Dozens of flavors of ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet and gelato are expected to be consumed by 40,000-50,000 people on June 7, 8, and 9.
The annual event, a fund-raiser to benefit the Jimmy Fund, will be held at City Hall Plaza Special Events Development Officer, Dana Kelly, said everyone is hoping for good weather.
Every year locals look forward to the unofficial kick off to the summer season by eating a variety of ice creams to raise money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. The event takes months of planning but because so many volunteers get involved Kelly said it’s really a lot of fun.
“There are eight ice cream companies participating and even though they’re competitors, they all genuinely look forward to working together for this event,” Kelly said.
This year the fund-raiser’s title sponsor is Federal Express and participating ice cream companies include Ben and Jerry’s, HP Hood/Brigham’s, Friendly’s, Bryers, Edy’s, Baskin Robbins, SoCo Creamed and Ciao Bella (gelato).
For the modest fee of $8 for adults and $4 for kids, (kids under 3 are admitted for free) ice cream lovers can spend one of the three days sampling cup after cup of ice cream (three-day passes are also available for $15). “People have a ball with it. They stack a variety of flavors and put photos on Facebook. Some people tell stories of how they had 28 cups! It’s amazing,” Kelly said.
The highly anticipated ice cream bash begins on June 7th at noon. This year a four year old Jimmy Fund leukemia patient will cut the ribbon. Then the child, along with Mayor Thomas Menino, will sample the first scoops of the three day fest. For three consecutive days from 12-8 people of all ages will flock to City Hall from all over to be a part of the popular fund-raiser.
“Last year people from Georgia and Hawaii attended. They love ice cream and got a chance to see Boson while helping to raise money for a good cause. This year we have people coming from Toronto and who knows where else,” said Kelly.
Entertainment will include performances by numerous artists including Michael and Marissa, and Mike Boucher and the Crossroads for kids, Friends of Broadway and the Jackson Weatherbee Band for adults, and Radio Disney will be there for one of the days.
Some of the more unusual flavors available this year include Fire house # 31 from Baskin
Robbins, Wild blueberry sorbet from Ciao Bella, and Mexicali chocolate from SoCo Creamery. Kelly said this year’s monetary goal is $275,000, and since the fund-raiser began its raised $2.9, all of which goes to Dana Farber. “We hope to one day be able to treat cancer like a chronic disease,” she said.
Local schools are invited to get involved in the charity every year and winners receive free passes to the event.
“We encourage people to take public transportation because it will be very difficult to park,” Kelly said. So many volunteers have signed on (more than 450) that some actually had to be turned away. Kelly also mentioned that no pets are allowed at the event.
This year for the first time the event is going green with the help of E.O.M.S. Inc. recycling of Bridgewater which has agreed to donate its time and services.
There will also be an ice cream eating contest judged by wives of the Boston Red Sox.
The United States is the number one consumer of ice cream in the world, with vanilla the most popular flavor. Each American consumes an average of 23.2 quarts of ice cream per year.
Fun fact: It takes 50 licks to polish off a single scoop of ice cream!
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