About 550 people lined the interior of the event space, rubbing elbows for much of the event as they lined up to sample the frozen treat wares of eight vendors: Warwick Ice Cream, Rogues Island Kitchen & Bar, Back Yard Food Co., Sundaes’s Lincoln Creamery, Seriously Good, Moo Moo Ice Cream, and New Harvest Coffee.
“I call Fete my home court advantage,” said Jim Nellis, owner of RI Food Fights, which throws the annual Ice Cream competition. Nellis, who usually organizes the event himself, said he got some help from the staff at Fete this year, and the indoor environment allowed them to host the even in an air conditioned space instead of the usual outdoor venue, which, in the middle of July, often makes the event a very hot experience.
Also, “They’re super helpful, super nice people,” Nellis said.
Music, free iced coffee and a performance by the Chifferobe Tropigals entertained attendees as they waited their turn at sampling ice cream flavors including bacon and corn and key lime pie as well as traditional chocolate, coffee and vanilla.