WATCH: Victoria is known for its craft beer, locally made wine, and scratch bakeries, but there is another artisan product providing cold comfort this summer. Monica Martinez has the story.
It’s made in small batches, all from scratch using local ingredients, a gourmet treat that growing in popularity.
Parachute Ice Cream shop on Bridge Street is the latest store to serve cold treats.
“It’s been absolutely insanely busy, way more than we thought,” said owner Robyn Laroque.
Laroque started making her own ice cream to go along with pie at Victoria Pie Company, her other business, but people started coming in for the ice cream alone.
“We decided eventually it only made sense to turn it into its own business and expand it,” she said.
Artisan ice cream shops are big in Portland and Vancouver, and the food trend is spreading to Victoria.
“Commercial ice creams have degraded in quality over time and have become filled with lots of non-milk type ingredients and so we want to bring that back to what ice cream was meant to be like which is really simple and really high quality.”
Kid Sister has been making popsicle for five years, but just started whipping up their own ice cream this year.
“I think it fits in perfectly with the whole food trend towards local and more sophisticated cooking and people’s concerns about ingredients,” said owner Brett Black.
Even scratch bakeries like Fol Epi are making their own ice cream and gelato.
“I think we are seeing a huge revitalization downtown and through the city and farming community, of people demanding better made local products,” said Cliff Leir, Fol Epi’s owner.
In a city full of coffee shops, craft breweries and scratch bakeries, now there is now plenty of cold comfort that comes in a cone.