Entries for the UK National Ice Cream Competition open

By Jim Cornall

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There are 16 categories at the awards. Pic: Getty Images/magone
There are 16 categories at the awards. Pic: Getty Images/magone

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UK ice cream makers – whether artisan producer or supermarket supplier, ice cream parlor, café, restaurant chef or caterer – can enter the UK’s only National Ice Cream Competition 2020.

The ice cream industry event is held every year at the Ice Cream and Artisan Food Show, with the next show, the 70th​, at Harrogate’s Yorkshire Event Centre from February 11 to 13, 2020.  The event is organized by the industry’s trade association, The Ice Cream Alliance.

There are 16 categories ranging from the most popular flavors across ice cream and sorbets, to innovation in new flavors and presentation, as well as a ‘Newcomers’ award.

There is also a brand-new category – ‘The Alternative Class’. This is for all those varieties that are vegan, dairy free and gluten free. Category winners are judged at the show and an overall national champion is also announced at The Presidents Ball.

“The National Ice Cream Competition has been held for 75 years,”​ Ice Cream Alliance CEO Zelica Carr said. 

“It showcases the brightest and best in our booming sector, now worth over £1.4bn ($1.8bn) a year.  If you have creative flair in your ice cream making you should enter.”

The closing date for entries is January 10, 2020. 

Full details on how to enter, the rules and entry costs, as well as other information about the show itself, can be found on the Ice Cream Alliance website.

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