The Second Annual Ice Cream Showdown Benefiting Ben’s Bells Is Back & They Want to Double the Donation with Double the Creameries



TUCSON, AZ (June 15, 2015) The scoop for the Second Annual Ice Cream Showdown is Maynards Market wants to raise $3,500 for The Ben’s Bells Project.  Last year they were able to raise $1,600 in two hours and this year they want to more than double the donation with double the participating creameries. The refreshing fundraiser, coinciding with National Ice Cream month and 2nd Saturdays Downtown, was wildly successful so Maynards increased the tickets available and moved it to their back plaza adjacent to the train tracks.  Tucsonans will win when the ten Arizona creameries go head to head for the coveted golden ice cream scoops with over twenty custom flavors to choose from. Tickets are only $10 which gives guests 10 tasting tickets and are purchased online or at the door from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 11 at Maynards Market.

Creameries have three chances to take home a trophy, and bragging rights of course.  The winners are chosen by attendees and the three categories are: Best Overall Ice Cream, Most Inventive, and Kids Choice. The creameries are providing two varieties of ice cream for attendees to melt in their mouths, 1 kid-friendly version and 1 adult version and alcohol is allowed in the adult-friendly version. The competition is strictly for the love and purity of ice cream which is why no toppings are allowed, however creameries can have ingredients mixed into the ice cream at time of production.

The local creameries craving to scoop up titles:

·         Screamery Ice Cream

·         Gentle Ben’s

·         The Hub

·         The Cup Cafe

·         Isabella’s Ice Cream

·         Brushfire Ice Creamery

·         Sullivan’s

·         Cashew Cow

·         Melt

·         Maynards Kitchen

During the esteemed showdown Maynards hosts their monthly Sear N’ Shine at 6 p.m. with Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine. Tickets are $30 for the Sear n’ Shine and $15 for Just the Sear and can be purchased in the Market or online. Don’t miss this fantastic Carolina style barbeque prepared for you by their Executive Chef Anthony Coluci. Vegetarian options are available upon request.

Take A Look At The Tantalizing Menu:

·         Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Pepper Slaw &

Pickled Onions

·         Baby Back Pork Ribs

·         Fried Pickle Chips

·         Slow Roasted Mustard -Brined Sweet BBQ Chicken

·         Smoked Sausage Cornbread Dressing

·         Collard Greens

A sweet treat for attendees is the film Frozen bring projected for free that night at the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum starting at 7:30 p.m.  For more information about the event please call 520-545-0577 or visit