Learn about the journey from cow to cone at the Ice Cream Festival at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum. You can practice your milking technique on the Museum’s wooden cow, and learn how dairying technology now includes milking machines and even robotic milkers. Help make ice cream with an old-fashioned manual ice cream maker, and then taste the fruits of your labour. Step back through time to the 1950s and discover the history of ice cream scoops as well as of sundaes, including a sample of this delicious treat. Other activities include crowd-pleasing performances by Capital City Jumpers, The Cowguys, Monkey Rock Music, and a steelpan musician. Also on the schedule are sampling ice cream bread, and kids’ corner with crafts and games. A variety of food services and local ice cream vendors will also be on site. This will be a tasty treat of a day not to be missed!
Ice Cream Making
9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Help make ice cream the old fashioned? way using a manual ice cream maker. You will also be able to sample this delicious velvety smooth ice cream.
Ice Cream Sundae Tasting
Ongoing - Closed from 12:30 to 1:30
Step back in time to a 1950s style Soda Fountain Shop and learn about the history of sundaes. Discover how this treat soon became one of the most popular desserts of choice for the young and young at heart. Plus, get the scoop on scoops and discover how the ice cream scoop has changed over time.
Cone Making Demonstration
Ongoing from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Watch as staff from the Merry Dairy make homemade waffle cones using waffle irons. Watch their technique and learn about the history of the ice cream cone. Samples of this gluten-free cone will be served.
Ice Cream Bread
Ongoing - Closed from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Join us in our demonstration kitchen where you will find our staff making ice cream bread. Plus, learn about the different types of ice cream.
Meet the Dairy Goats
10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Did you know that more people consume goat’s milk than any other milk in the world? Meet our staff and the museum’s dairy goat breeds.
11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Have you ever wondered how your local dairy produces 2% milk or 35% whipping cream? Learn about the separation of milk and cream while turning the crank of a centrifugal cream separator.
Meet the Rabbits
9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Join us and meet our resident rabbits Alfred and Céleste. Discover fun and interesting facts about this lagomorph family!
Dairy Farmers of Ontario – From Cow to Cone
Find out how much milk a cow produces each day, and how much of that milk is cream. How many ice cream cones does that make? The quantities are truly amazing! You can even practice your milking technique on the Museum’s wooden cow.
Have you ever seen a cow being milked? Watch our farm operating team at ‘Join our museum staff’ as they teach you all about milking our dairy herd.
Capital City Jumpers
Ongoing from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The Capital City Jumpers are a jump rope team coached by two nationally ranked jumpers. Jump along with them and learn various styles of jump rope. All ages welcome.
Monkey Rock Music Performance
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Ottawa’s own Monkey Rock Music will be on site to give a rockin’ performance for kids and their families. This show is 100% fun not to be missed. Singing along is encouraged.
Ongoing from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The Cowguys will entertain you with all kinds of acts from juggling to yo-yo tricks. Look for them on site!
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Come listen to the sweet sounds of the Caribbean! A steelpan musician is on site to play this musical instrument originating from Trinidad and Tobago.
Ottawa Volunteer Search and Rescue
Ongoing from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sauvetage Bénévole Outaouais – Ottawa Volunteer Search and Rescue (SBO-OVSAR) is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization that assists individuals and communities through search and rescue operations, education and prevention programs, and through providing support to emergency response organizations. Come and meet some of their members, and learn about Search and Rescue, as well as about SBO-OVSAR’s Prevention Programs.
Ice Cream Quiz
Test your Ice Cream IQ in this fun ice cream challenge!
Face Painting ($)
The Painted Pixie will be on site to work her magic!
Kid’s Corner – Crafts & Games
Come join the fun with crafts and games for all!
Tally-Ho Wagon Rides ($)
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (weather permitting)
Enjoy a tour through the fields of the Central Experimental Farm on the Tally-Ho wagon pulled by the dynamic duo of Paul and Padrig, the Museum’s Clydesdale horses.
Food Services ($)
Stella Luna ($) Food Cart
Want to indulge your taste buds? The award-winning Stella Luna will be on site to sell their delicious Italian gelato.
The Beachconers ($) Food Cart
Enjoy tasting the many creative ice cream flavours of the Beachconers ice cream. This delectable ice cream will surely delight all visitors.
The Merry Dairy ($) Ice Cream Truck
Merry Dairy will be on site selling their mouthwatering homemade vanilla-flavoured ice cream with a selection of yummy toppings.
Pascale’s All Natural Ice Cream ($) Ice Cream Tricycle
Come try Pascale’s all natural ice cream made with fresh ingredients and no added preservatives. They have a wonderful selection of flavours to choose from. Try one, you will love it!
Brett’s Ice Cream ($) Food Cart
Enjoy Brett’s delicious homemade ice cream made from real cream and without preservatives. Come try this delicious ice cream!
Mr. Churritos ($) Food Cart
Mr. Churritos will be on site selling their yummy traditional Latin American desserts – churros! It’s the perfect companion to gelato or ice cream.
The Hot Potato Company ($) Food Truck
The Hot Potato Company offers tasty baked potatoes and a variety of food services.
Tulips and Maple ($) Food Tent
Enjoy Tulips and Maple’s farm-fresh offerings from their on-site tent.