Towards the end of summer, deep in the heart of the hottest month of the year, Austin holds its annual Ice Cream Festival. While the 2016 festival is coming up real soon (August 13th), we Austinites like to train for our yearly ice cream Olympics year ’round by frequenting our local creameries to pinpoint exactly which delicious frozen treats top our lists.

The festival is a blast for people of all ages, from the kids to the neighbors, the teens to the baby-boomers, the dogs, and everybody in between! With contests and prizes for ice cream-eating, pop-sickle-stick sculpture, and even homemade ice cream making, this festival has something for everyone. So, you should definitely go! But, if you are reading this sometime after 2016’s happening and the annual festival is still a way’s off, don’t worry — this info is all still valid, and it’s never too late to start your training.

1. This festival can get VERY DECADENT, because that’s how we roll. To dive in head-first, try the cheddar-cheese ice-cream sandwich at Qui Austin.

2. Amy’s Ice Creams, both a good place to begin your endurance-trial and a forever fave in the ATX.

New nails + a summer treat is the ultimate cure for Monday blues ??✨??

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3. Stray from the beaten path to check out up-and-comers, like south-Austin’s own Lick: Honest Ice Creams.

4. Go the distance with colorful, creative combinations from Swift’s Attic.

5. Beat the heat and prepare for the meet with creamy goodness at Venezia Italian Gelato.

WILD FRUITS!!! #eat #austin #gelato #austinfood #atx #atxfood #freetaste

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