Big Gay Ice Cream, which started as a seasonal food truck before opening shops in New York City, is hitting the road for a Southern tour. The soft serve purveyor is getting back in a truck and will spend two days in Atlanta later this month.
The truck will set up shot at Bantam + Biddy in Piedmont Heights, serving from roughly 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday, October 20, and 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, October 21. Bestselling menu items, including the Salty Pimp (vanilla ice cream, dulce de leche, sea salt, chocolate dip, cone) and Bea Arthur (vanilla ice cream, dulce de leche, crushed 'nilla wafers, cone), will be available alongside regionally influenced specialties.
The Southern tour, which includes stops in Raleigh, Charleston, and Birmingham, culminates in Oxford, Miss., for the Southern Foodways Symposium. This year's symposium, "Who is Welcome at the Welcome Table?," marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. The symposium takes a deep dive into the present, focusing on who is welcome at the contemporary welcome table, asking questions about inclusion and exclusion in the modern South, while taking into account old and new imperatives like ethnicity, sexuality, diet, class, gender, and race.
Big Gay Ice Cream launched in 2009, and added two brick-and-mortar locations in New York by 2012. Expansion into Los Angeles and Philadelphia is expected by the end of this year.