The basic Scoop
August 6-7, 2022
10am – 6pm
Portland International raceway
1940 N Victory Blvd, Portland, OR 97217
$15 – 14 and up
$10 – under age 14
Kids under 2 eat free!
Tickets on sale!
Click here to visit website where you can buy tickets for our festival while they are on sale.
Ice cream, music, games, costume characters, and so many surprises!
Here is some amazing video from 2019!
We – Are – Back!
After two years of cancellations due to Covid, we are feeling pretty confident that 2022 is a solid go.
We have a new name, a new venue, and so much more to offer than we did in our 2019 debut.
An entire weekend of all-you-can-eat ice cream. That’s right, unlimited servings of dozens and dozens of flavors of ice cream from both local and national retailers. Due to popular demand, we will also have a hearty supply of dairy free options as well. Look out for lots of specialty items like popsicles, ice cream sandwiches, bon bons, frozen yogurt bites, and other cold dessert treats.
We have a huge space at PIR, tons of on-site parking, and so many exciting details we will share little by little as we get closer to the date.
Frequently Asked Questions
You don't REALLY mean all-you-can-eat, do you?
We will just let our guests speak for us. (All comments were left on our Facebook page)
“Wow loved this so much! Literally unlimited ice cream was what you marketed and it was unlimited ice cream that we got!!!”
“The ice cream was delicious and lots of variety. Plenty big scoops considering you could go back as much as you wanted (no melting). It really was all you can eat.”
“It was amazing. My cousin and I left saying “I don’t think I have ever eaten so much ice cream in one day!” Lol. And we will return next year!”
“We always had a least two or three cups of ice cream with us. I ate so much ice cream, came and left, came back and ate more. “
Why the name change?
To be honest, we wanted to own our trademark. And while ScooperFest was not registered, it was just a little too close to other names. So we went with something original and a brand we can protect.
What does SunSpent mean?
It’s a word I thought I invented a long time ago.
SunSpent: Feeling tired and spent from the sun and heat.
Turns out it has been loosely used in literature over the years, mostly in long past. Something along the lines of, “He indulged in a sunspent year in Sardinia before coming home.” Although the word is not in the dictionary.
But for us, it just means that ice cream is the cure for being sunspent!
What makes you different than other ice cream / food events?
You pay one price for the ice cream. No admission fee and then have to buy the ice cream once you get in. While you can buy drinks and other food, merchandise and some other items once inside, the ice cream won’t cost you anything additional. That includes the popsicles, ice cream sandwiches, and other non-scooped items as well.
What brands and flavors will you have?
It’s way too soon to be able to say just yet. But we are expecting most, if not all, of the brands from 2019 to return, and then add a few dozen more. As we lock in our partners, we will have a special section of this website that will tell you all about the flavors, the brands, and where you can buy it.
All you can eat doesn't exactly sound 'healthy'?
This isn’t an event to come and gorge yourself (although you can if you want to). It’s more about being able to explore a huge variety of flavors and brands and new creations. Most people come away with more than a few new favorites. SunSpent is about bringing people and ice cream together, which as far as we are concerned – is pure happiness.
Are animals allowed?
Food, kids, tons of people…not a great idea. So we have to say no, for health and safety purposes. Of course service animals are always allowed.
Are you still a non-profit?
No. We decided it was more trouble than it was worth. We can just as easily donate to our favorite charity as a for-profit, and fully intend to do so. In 2019 we donated to the Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel as well as the Oregon Dairy Women. While we may decide to donate to other places, the Oregon Dairy Women is our charity of choice. They empower women, education, and farmers…all of which is not only on brand with the SunSpent Festival, but genuinely important and needed work.
Are you affiliated with any other events?
No. SunSpent is completely independent, born here in Oregon.
What if you run out of ice cream?
It will never happen. We sell tickets, so we know exactly how many people to expect and plan accordingly. Usually we have the opposite problem of having to dispose of ice cream after the event.
How can we support in the meantime?
1) Keep eating ice cream! The stores are open, and so are many of the shops. Keep them alive by indulging in all your favorite flavors and brands.
2) Donate to the Oregon Dairy Women. They have an incredible scholarship program for kids of farmers who want to go to college and study agriculture that we think is amazing. Go to www.oregondairywomen.com for more information.