Beat the Heat with Something Sweet at the ‘Scoop San Diego’ Ice Cream Festival

‘Scoop San Diego’

With summer approaching and temperatures rising, local ice cream festival, ‘Scoop San Diego,’ is bidding you to experience a myriad of frozen samples, all from the convenience of your car.

San Diego’s first and only ice cream festival, ‘Scoop San Diego,’ will raise funds for local non-profit, Feeding San Diego, with a drive-thru ice cream and gelato event.

Scoop San Diego will be hosted at the Inspiration Point parking lot in Balboa Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 22, 2021, featuring more than 25 local ice cream and gelato shops.

Ice-Cream Loving Clinical Research Nurse

Scoop San Diego’s founder, Daniel Szpak said in an email, “This year we are holding America’s First Drive-Thru Ice Cream Festival at Balboa Park and expect about 1,000 cars and about 3,000 people.”

Szapk, a Clinical Research Nurse at UC San Diego and co-founder of Hammond’s Gourmet ice cream in North Park, founded Scoop San Diego to share his love for ice cream and to help serve the community.

Szpak said about starting the ice cream fesitval, “I founded Scoop San Diego as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to raise money – through an annual ice cream festival – for local nonprofits that support underserved communities in San Diego.”

Feeding San Diego Beneficiary

Carissa Casares, Communications Manager for Feeding San Diego, wrote, “Proceeds from benefit campaigns like the Scoop San Diego Ice Cream Festival go directly toward our hunger-relief efforts throughout the county. Especially right now, as our community recovers from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, funds are incredibly helpful as we address the increase in need.”

“Food insecurity in our area has risen 50% since the pandemic started,” Szapk said, “The funds raised will help Feeding San Diego provide food and services to those in our community who need it most.”

Feeding San Diego will be accepting food donations on the day of the event, raffling gift baskets and gift cards donated by local ice cream/gelato shops for guests who donate a non-perishable, non-glass food item.

Local Vendors on Display

This year’s ice cream festival will feature a touch-free, drive-thru event with pre-packaged one-ounce samples from participating vendors.

Chris and Sarah Wynn, owners of ‘Wynns Ice Cream,’ in San Marcos, are participating in the festival, and shared their excitement on Instagram,

“We are excited to be part of the overall foodie community of San Diego, especially the ice cream community…to even be invited to join was a tremendous honor for us!”
Wynns Ice Cream will feature their signature flavors:
  • Lemon & the Blueberry Swirls
  • Espresso & Turmeric
  • Cookies ‘N Cream
  • Midnight Munchies
  • Almond Chocolate (dairy-free).


General admission tickets to the Scoop San Diego can be purchased online for $45, each ticket grants four participants per car, and a limited amount of one-hour time slots are available for purchase.

No other events are scheduled for Scoop San Diego in 2021, but Szapk said he is considering doing smaller pop-up events throughout the year.

Scoop San Diego is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is southern California’s only ice cream festival.

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