100-foot sundae sets DC record on National Ice Cream Day

July 21, 2019

Courtesy The Brand Guild

As the region has been flirting with almost record-breaking heat, a crowd gathered at in Navy Yard to help set a different kind of record — D.C.’s longest sundae ever.

The sun was nearing its peak as folks topped their portions of the 100-foot long treat with whipped cream, chocolate sauce and M&M’s. The idea came from Ice Cream Jubilee founder Victoria Lai, who wanted to do something special to commemorate National Ice Cream Day. She had no idea it was going to end up being at the end of a nasty heat wave melting the area.

“I just wanted to have a lot of fun with as many people as possible,” Lai said. “It turns out we set the record for D.C.’s longest sundae on D.C.’s hottest Sunday.”

The reception was great, as they had to open up additional tickets once the original ones sold out.

“Everyone’s been really happy, and what’s happier than ice cream?” Lai said.

The flavors were all made-in-D. C. Jubilee originals: Thai Iced Tea, Passionfruit Guava, and Sweet Cream and Honey. It didn’t last long, as people scurried to the shade to enjoy the cool treats once their toppings were in place.

“We didn’t bank on the 100-degree temperatures,” said Jill Frederick, spokesperson for the group that manages The Yards, “but I feel like if you’re going to host an event outside, why not make it with ice cream?”

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Ice Cream Jubilee gathered people in Navy Yard on Sunday, July 21, 2019, to break a D.C. record — create the longest ice cream sundae. (WTOP/Keara Dowd )
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It was D.C.’s hottest Sunday, quite fitting to indulge in D.C.’s longest sundae. (WTOP/Keara Dowd )
Ice Cream Jubilee longest sundae
The high temps couldn’t melt away the enthusiasm for some ice cream. (WTOP/Keara Dowd )
Ice Cream Jubilee longest sundae
Ice Cream Jubilee founder Victoria Lai wanted to do something special to commemorate National Ice Cream Day. She had no idea it was going to end up being at the end of a nasty heat wave melting the area. (Courtesy The Brand Guild )
Ice Cream Jubilee longest sundae
People piled on the toppings before the ice cream melted. (Courtesy The Brand Guild )
Ice Cream Jubilee longest sundae
Even though it was hot, Lai said everyone was happy at Sunday’s event. “What’s happier than ice cream?” (Courtesy The Brand Guild )
Ice Cream Jubilee longest sundae
While there was previously no DC record for the longest sundae, the 100+ foot masterpiece drew over 150 ice cream lovers to The Yards. (Courtesy The Brand Guild )
Ice Cream Jubilee longest sundae
Each participant received a 2-scoop sundae with Ice Cream Jubilee’s signature flavors and customized their treats with an array of toppings. (Courtesy The Brand Guild )
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