Dining June 20, 2017
Delaware’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival Will Make You Feel Like A Kid Again
Food Festivals are a summer tradition in Delaware. The Peach Festival draws thousands of visitors every year to try our state’s favorite fruit, the State Fair is home to fried
everything, and more and more food truck festivals are popping up throughout the state. However, there’s one gem of a food festival that has won everyone over – and is repeatedly named one of the best food festivals in the state! Have you been to the New Castle County / Rockwood Ice Cream Festival? What are you waiting for?!
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
The Beautiful Rockwood Park in Wilmington hosts Delaware's famous Ice Cream Festival every June.
There is no general parking on site, but shuttle busses run continuously from the event's designated lots. Find them below:
Merchant’s Square (4300 Governor Printz Blvd.)
Mt. Pleasant High School (5201 Washington St. Ext.)
Rockwood Office Park (503 Carr Road)
This year, the festival is on June 24th (from 10 am - 7 pm) and June 25th (from 11 am - 5 pm).
You can find out more information on the New Castle County Ice Cream Festival's website,
The event is nicknamed "Delaware's Largest Family Picnic" and was named one of the top Food Festivals in the Country by
Not only will you find great food and ice cream vendors, but local businesses set up tents to sell crafts, gifts, and even special treats for your family pets!
Admission is just $5, and kids 12 and under get in for free. To make it even better, kids also get a free ice cream cone (courtesy of Hy-Point!)
The event is dog friendly, as well! Your family pooch can come in, as long as he's well behaved and on a leash. They're even allowed on the shuttle busses.
Be sure to check out the "Best Sundae on Sunday" winner! Last year, Hy-Point Dairy's Sweet & Heat Sundae won top prize.
Every year, dozens of ice cream vendors bring out their most unique creations in an attempt to win over the Rockwood Ice Cream Festival crowd.
In addition to ice cream, you'll find amazing fair food throughout the festival! Pick up a plate piled high with cheesy Butterfly Fries along with a big cup of Lemonade and enjoy!
Over 30 vendors serve everything from BBQ to burgers, so be sure to come on an empty stomach. You'll find all of your favorite fair foods here.
There are performers and entertainment for kids and adults throughout the beautiful grounds.
Your family will have a blast watching the live music, street performers, and face painters at work!
But, of course, the real highlight here is the ice cream. A dozen ice cream and frozen treat vendors are scattered throughout the festival, in between plenty of other delicious food trucks.
Tell your sweet tooth to get ready - Rockwood Ice Cream Festival is the place to be on the last weekend in June!
The Rockwood Ice Cream Festival was recently named one of
The 11 Best Small-Town Delaware Festivals You’ve Never Heard Of! Be sure to check out the rest of the list to create a summer calendar of fun for you and your family.