If you missed Part 1 of The annual Long Island Ice Cream Tour, make sure your eating shorts are clean for this Saturday when Part 2 explores the sweet, frozen riches of eastern and central Suffolk County.
For this year, the tour's tenth, organizers Jeff Noreman and Derek Steen decided to split the overstuffed itinerary in two. “The truth is, not everyone enjoys a marathon,” Noreman said. “Last year we had more than a hundred people with us at the first stop in Rockville Centre; by the last stop, in Riverhead, we were down to 20.” Then too, he added, “I’ve discovered more and more ice cream places on Long Island that had the quality I was looking for.”
LIICT East partakers will make stops at Snowflake Ice Cream Shoppe in Riverhead, Ice Cream Cottage in Mastic, McNulty's Ice Cream Parlor in Miller Place and the day with a triple scoop in Northport: Auntie Moe's, Northport Sweet Shop and Lics Ice Cream.
Noreman, of Old Bethpage, and Steen, a friend from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, conceived of the daylong brain freeze in 2011. That first year there were a dozen participants and eight stops. This year, between the two dates, there are 12 stops. For LIICT West on July 19, more than 100 people showed up to start the tour at Five Pennies Creamery in Rockville Centre, although steady temperatures in the mid-90s winnowed the group down to about 15 for the final stop at Sweet Treats on the Wharf in Port Washington.
As always, the tour avoids chains and shops that do not make their own ice cream, however worthy they may be. Not only is Noreman looking for quality, he feels good about promoting local businesses, “especially this year.”
Saturday's tour begins at 9:40 a.m. at Snowflake and should finish by 6 p.m. It's rain or shine, and everyone drives their own cars. Noreman has made arrangements with each of the shops so that participants can enjoy specials and discounts along the way — you'll order and pay your own way at each stop. The tour will be obeying all local and state health guidelines in relation to COVID-19 as well as the wishes of each store owner. Face masks are required at all stops (except, of course, while you’re eating) and he is anticipating that social distancing may slow the usual frenetic pace.
All participants must register online and the price is $27.50. If you register by midnight on Thursday, Aug. 6, you will also receive a custom-printed 10th anniversary Long Island Ice Cream Tour T-shirt in royal blue. If you miss the deadline — or if you decide the day of that you would like to join — payment will be accepted at the first stop, but you will still need to wear a royal-blue shirt so that you can be identified as part of the group.
For more information and to sign up, go to liict.org