Fête Ice Cream & Coffee – Assiniboine Avenue

Fête is a new ice cream shop in Winnipeg, located on the main floor of a recently built high rise, just a couple of blocks west of The Forks.  Fête* opened in winter, because Winnipeg is a winter city. The reason Winnipeg is Slurpee Capital of the World, is because people buy them at +35C and -35C.

Check their website (linked below) for hours. For now they are open for pickup.

*Fête also offers vegan ice treats, along with Gluten Free ones.

Fete Ice Cdream
My first taste of Fete Ice Cream. It was a while ago, and I do not remember which flavour I purchased.

Fête Ice Cream and Coffee  is co-owned by Élise Page and Teri-Lynn Friesen. Over the years I have gotten to know Teri-Lynn somewhat. She has produced and directed in the Winnipeg Fringe Festival. She has been involved at 188Princess, and she and her husband produce Abiding Citizen bitters and shrubs.

Fête Ice cream containers
I purchased a container of Manhattan and a container of Blueberry Cheesecake.

With Covid-19 taking command at the moment social distancing is taking away one of the great features of this place. It’s located next to the BonnyCastle dog park. This means that if you have to wait in line you can look out the window and watch all the dogs having a great time. 

Although dogs have to wait outside, the owners encourage customers to bring in pictures of their pups, which hang on a wall. It makes an interesting study while you enjoy your ice cream or coffee. 

Getting Back in the Ice Cream Swing

One of the effects of Covid-19 is that a lot of places have closed up. Now that Winnipeg seems to be doing a pretty good job of flattening the curve, businesses are slowly starting to re-open.

Fête is one of these places. There are no tables available, but they are doing takeout, curbside or in-store. This of course means line ups even when things are not particularly busy. The good news is that the ice cream is worth the wait.

Currently, they are open for pickup and takeout, Monday through Wednesday, starting at 4 pm until 8 pm. Thursday through Saturday 1 pm until 8 pm, and Sunday 1 pm to 6 pm. As I mentioned earlier check their website because those hours may change.

Manhattan ice cream
A small bowl of the Manhattan Ice Cream.

Fête Worth the Wait.

I placed my order on the website early in the afternoon, knowing it would be ready for pickup just after 4 pm. I figured I would a couple of the pint containers which are $10.00 each. 

The first flavour I chose is the Manhattan. The description from their website is as follows:

 A bourbon brown sugar base, dark cherry vermouth compote with a touch of citrus bitters.

This is a real smooth ice cream. The bourbon comes through, but does not dominate the flavour. This one is quite sweet, and also rich and creamy. 

The second flavour I chose is the Blueberry Cheesecake. The description of this one:

Cream cheese added directly to the base with a house-made blueberry compote swirl.

This one is a bit of a challenge for me. As you know, if you read this blog semi-regularly, I love blueberries. I am not, however, a huge fan of cheesecake.

Blueberry Cheesecake
A dynamic and delicious, Blueberry and Cheesecake ice cream.

Fortunately this ice cream knocks it out of the park. The blueberry flavour stars throughout every spoonful. At the same time you get the sense of a light cheesecake. The kind that fills you up without weighing you down. I will definitely be ordering more of this one in the future. 

If you visit BonnyCastle park with your dog, Fête is a place you will want to make a stop at. Otherwise, Assiniboine is always a street that makes for a pleasant walk or bike ride. Taking a break at Fete is a way to make such a trip even more pleasant. 

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