Brooklyn Flea Ice Cream Bonanza Features Strawberry Ricotta Sundae

By Janet Upadhye on July 18, 2014 4:55pm 

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 The event brings 10 vendors and 50 flavors to the Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene and Williamsburg.
Brooklyn Flea Annual Ice Cream Bonanza
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FORT GREENE — Get ready for brain freeze paradise.

Brooklyn Flea's annual ice cream bonanza, set to take place this Saturday and Sunday at the Fort Greene and Williamsburg Flea locations, will bring 50 of the city's wildest ice cream flavors together in one place.

That includes an herb ice cream made with rosemary, sage, lavender, oregano, thyme, mint, cardamom, and orange blossom by Victory Garden in the Village.

There's also the pie shake — a milkshake made from homemade ice cream with a slice of pie whirled in — by the Butter & Scotch bakers.

Flea founder Eric Demby hosted the first ice cream festival in 2011 in celebration of National Ice Cream Month and said it was one of the most heavily attended flea events.

So each year he makes the festival more outlandish with gimmicks like a bike-powered ice cream churn, which he featured last year. 

This year's event is called "Creme de la Creme" and will feature cones, scoops, shakes, ice cream sandwiches, lassi, floats and pops from 10 vendors — some of who are featuring new flavors for the fist time.

"We love how shops go the extra mile to create special items and flavors for the event," Demby said.

Fort Greene's ice cream hut Fort Grace will have caramelized nectarine ice cream, Blue Marble is debuting "Berg'n Black Chocolate Pretzel Ice Cream," Bed-Stuy's Steve’s Ice Cream will have a vegan ice cream donut sandwich and street vendor Monsieur Singh is serving a frozen lassi.

Other vendors, like Odd Fellows of Williamsburg and newcomer Hay Rosie of Cobble Hill, are keeping their flavors secret until the event.

Creme de la Creme takes place at the Flea in Fort Greene on July 19 and in Williamsburg July 20.

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