It was so much fun creating the Chocolate theme parks discussion that I thought I would take a stab at Ice Cream theme parks and event venues for corporate and special events. Yes, they do exist but they are hard to find. Some amusement parks have sections or an attraction or two celebrating ice cream. A number of special event venues have a reputation for serving excellent ice cream.
Ice Cream Event Venues
Serendipity 3 (New York City)
For an uber luxury event for well-heeled clients who have seen it all, try New York's Serendipity 3 Restaurant's Golden Opulence Sundae. At $1,000 a serving, it's the world's most expensive ice cream. The $1,000 ice cream sundae must be ordered at least 48 hours in advance.
I'm sure you're wondering "What's it got, gold dust?" The short answer is "You're close."
To create the decadent delight, you'll need:
- 5 Five scoops of rich Tahitian Vanilla Bean ice cream (contains Madagascar vanilla and 23 carat edible gold leaves)
- dessert caviar
- the finest candied fruit
- expensive chocolate
- fresh fruit
Yes, it's from the same company the created the $25,000 dessert a few years ago. Here is a description of that dessert from MSNBC.
The dessert is a frozen, slushy mix of cocoas from 14 countries, milk and 5 grams of 24-carat gold topped with whipped cream and shavings from a La Madeline au Truffle. It is served in a goblet with a band of gold decorated with 1 carat of diamonds and served with a golden spoon diners can take home.
Devon House (Kingston, Jamaica)
National Geographic: Food Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 Extraordinary Places to Eat Around the Globe recognized Devon House, a heritage venue in Jamaica, as the world's 4th best place for ice cream. Devon House was built in the 1880s by Jamaica's first Black millionaire. It has gardens, an art gallery and 4 meeting venues that can accommodate up to 250 people.
Ice Cream Amusement Parks
Kimball Farm Ice Cream (3 locations in Massachusetts & 1 in New Hampshire)
Opened in 1939 and now serving over 40 flavors of ice cream Kimball Farm Ice Cream has grown into an amusement park with batting cages, bumper cars, mini-putt, and an aeroballoon adventure ride.
Burnaby Village Museum and Carousel (Burnaby, British Columbia)
Ice Cream City (Tokyo)
In Namjatown in Ikebukuro Sunshine City 10 colorful ice cream stores sell a huge variety of ice creams.
Ice Cream Attractions
Yaskawa-kun at Summerland Theme Park (Tokyo)
I "met" this cute little robot on Twitter when he followed me and and introduced himself with a tweet. At Summerland Theme Park, the Motoman SDA-10 robot Yaskawa-kun sits in an a vending machine and sings while it prepares delicious ice cream treats. Yaskawa-kun will add color and variety to any event.
Dutch Wonderland (Lancaster, Pennsylvania)
The Breyer's Ice Cream parlor at Dutch Wonderland serves up an array of tempting treats. It can be reserved as an event venue for group events.
Vaffelbageriet, Tivoli (Copenhagen, Denmark)
In the middle of Tivoli Gardens, an amusement park with over 40 rides, visitors can enjoy ice cream served in waffle cones at a venue this venue that is over 100 years old.
Ice Cream Factory Tours
- Ben and Jerry's (Waterbury, Vermont)
- Blue Bunny (Le Mars, Iowa)
In the "ice cream capital of the world" visit the ice cream museum and parlor and tour the ice cream factory that has been in operation since 1913.
Event planners who are looking for a menu item to add fun and excitement to any event should consider the many options available for serving ice cream.
Search the Cvent Supplier Network for 5 Star hotels and luxury resorts near a fabulous ice cream stop.
Photo Credit: $1,000 Ice Cream Sundae, Serendipity 3