Wednesday, June 6, 2012

It's Time to Get Crankin' — and Eating — at Miss Martha's Annual Ice Cream Fest

Posted By on Wed, Jun 6, 2012 at 2:02 PM

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Clear your calendar for this Sunday, June 10, because it’s time, once again for the Purity Miss Martha’s Ice Cream Crankin’ & Summer Social.

From 3 to 5 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, sample dozens (and dozens) of volunteer-made ice creams, all competing to win the top prize, Best of Show. That winner will become an official Purity flavor and become available for purchase everywhere Purity ice creams are sold. There are also winners in the categories of “chocolate-based,” “vanilla-based,” and “other,” so you’re guaranteed to find a number of flavors you’ll enjoy. Check out this recap of flavors from the 2010 event as well as a list of last year’s winners to get an idea of what to expect at the event. Short version: Expect to be stuffed.

Take note, though; there are a few things you’ll want to do to prepare before you go. I’ve updated my tips from last year here:

1. Take a small insulated lunchbox with a at least one frozen bottle of water and one unfrozen bottle. It’s going to be hot again this year, and after a while, you get your fill of ice cream and only water will do. Cold water.

2. There will be more than 500 gallons of ice cream to sample, plus treats from Purity. Scout out your favorite flavors before you commit. Don’t stand in line for a less-exciting flavor and waste valuable real estate in your stomach that you’ll want back when you see that Coconut Toffee Truffle or Luscious Lemon Pie. The really good ones go fast. Enlist the help of others to give you intel on the best, too.

3. Write down your favorites and talk to the crankers if you can. I got some really good ice cream making tips and was able to create my own triple ginger ice cream and red wine and pear sorbet. Though I still haven’t made that honey lavender …

4. Think about taking a blanket to spread out on the lawn for when you need to give yourself a little breather. Plenty of trees provide a good amount of shade.

5. If you’re taking a little one in a stroller, take the all-terrain stroller; there are tree roots and rocks to traverse. And the smaller, the better because it’s pretty difficult to navigate any stroller through the crowds. The last two years, my husband and I had to tag-team; one of us tasted while the other stood on the sidelines with the stroller (and child).

In addition to the treats, there will be activities and entertainment for the whole family. Advance tickets (available online) are $10 for adults ($13 at gate) and $8 for children ($10 at gate); children under 2 attend free. All proceeds benefit the Martha O’Bryan Center, which provides a number of services to support children and families living in poverty in the Nashville area.

Parking is free at the churches across the street (look for the signs), with shuttle service to First Presbyterian. For more information, call 254-1791 or check the website.

Miss Martha’s Ice Cream Crankin’ & Southern Social
First Presbyterian Church
4815 Franklin Pike
Sunday, June 10
3-5 p.m.

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