International Ice Cream Festival for Alice



Sir – We have launched the inaugural International Ice Cream Festival attended by local media and dignitaries including the Alice Springs Town Mayor, Damien Ryan and renowned local Chef Lisa Perry, at Uncle Edy’s Ice Cream on Gregory Terrace.


The four-day event planned for September 2015, will bring together cultural organisations, industry and community groups from throughout the Territory and Australia.


The event will feature a range of activities from ice-cream making competitions, ice-cream inspired art competition and exhibition and unique ice-cream dishes created at local restaurants.


A parade of historic ice-cream vehicles is also on the agenda. There may even be a Guinness Book of Records attempt.


The organisers ultimate vision, through this event, is to see Alice Springs become the place to visit for ice-cream enthusiasts.


The event will be auspiced by the Desert Sports Foundation which is an incorporated body based in Alice Springs whose aim is to provide financial assistance to Alice Springs based junior sports persons to travel in order to compete in their chosen sport.


Murray Stewart

Chairman, Desert Sports Foundation

0407 256 428


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8 Comments (starting with the most recent)

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  1. Bob Durnan
    Posted February 13, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    People interested in this subject could start with Yudkin’s work.

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  2. Janet Brown
    Posted December 17, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Bob, you really need a holiday.
    I don’t know a kid or adult that does not love ice cream. Appears that as always you really are a fun sucker.
    But hey, most the rest of have a taste for life, ice cream and fun.
    Hate to be a kid in your house. In my home the bottom draw in the freezer is always full of ice creams for the grand kids and those who pretend to be kids. Me included.

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  3. Phil Walcott
    Posted December 17, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Good on you, Murray and the Desert Sports Foundation. I’m sure there are loads of healthy ice-cream options that could be trialed at the festival.
    Maybe add gelato as well? Shaved ice? Initiatives that promote activity in our great town are fine by me.

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  4. Stu Blanch
    Posted December 16, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    And again Bob slams another good thing happening in Alice. Bob, we are the diabetes capital because of the alcohol Aboriginal people consume, not because of an icecream fair. Get over yourself.

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  5. Tony Meman
    Posted December 16, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Bobby boy, go take a long walk off a short pier.
    You, Sir, are a fool.
    Good onya Murray!

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  6. Brett Malouf
    Posted December 16, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Well done Murray, it’s a great idea.
    Don’t let people like Bob get you down, it’s just what he does. I know you guys do heaps for the community, all he does is whinge and moan.
    If you want some volunteers, let me know, I’d love to be involved.

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  7. Ray
    Posted December 14, 2013 at 9:04 am

    @Bob, I understand your point, but I don’t really think that the diabetes epidemic we face here is caused by an over indulgence of soft serve. It may be caused by an addiction to the easy to get soft drinks that taste so good that kids are regularly being fed for breakfast, along with the chips and gravy and other yummy things.
    Not sure if you can make a difference by being negative in a news paper, you may try sitting outside the takeaway stores and “educating” these people on the evil of their ways and try and stop the rivers of lemonade causing so much death and destruction and contributing the highest rates of diabetes in the known universe.
    Rum and Raisin with a scoop of coconut cream for me please. Well done Murray, an Ice cream festival in the Desert (Dessert), well done.

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  8. Bob Durnan
    Posted December 13, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    A local group wants to have an ice cream festival, celebrating the joys of consuming sugar and saturated fat (and probably salt and preservatives) in Alice Springs, the diabetes capital of the known universe?
    Please say it isn’t so. An ironist from another planet must have escaped from NSA captivity at Pine Gap, and be lodged in Murray’s cranium. It’s just a practical joke, isn’t it?

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