Billy Van Creamy, Fitzroy North’s favourite ice creamery, has a new store on Sydney Road. To celebrate, the team is handing out free scoops of for two hours on Friday February 26, followed by discounted scoops ($2) for the rest of the weekend. (The event was originally scheduled for February 12 but had to be rescheduled due to Melbourne's snap five-day lockdown.)
The business makes its ice-cream (not gelato) from just four ingredients: Schultz Organic Dairy milk, Saint David’s Dairy cream, cane sugar and free-range egg yolks. This simple base gets flavoured with vanilla beans, house-made honeycomb, mint and milk chocolate, and more. Vegan flavours, made with coconut milk in place of dairy, include the likes of 72 per cent dark chocolate, salted caramel and peanut-butter choc-chip.
As these flavours let on, Billy Van Creamy is more classic and refined than experimental or extravagant. But it brings a fun, nostalgic edge with its ice-cream sandwiches (made with gluten-free brownie cookies and your choice of flavour), excellent milkshakes and sundaes. Unusually for an ice creamery or gelataria, it also serves good coffee. There’s iced coffee, hot filter and cold filter, all made with beans from Everyday Coffee.
5pm–7pm free scoops
7pm–10pm $2 scoops
February 27 and 28
12pm–10pm $2 scoops