No, not the movie starring Denzel Washington, but the time of year when our new summer hires learn all about the frozen custard and ice cream business! Coming to our first full year of operation at 102 Fairmont Avenue, this new group of university and high school students gather for two Saturday mornings to meet each other and get to know the year round team – a team that has been patiently working since February as the warmer weather slowly (and slowly) makes its way north.
Training Day is quickly becoming my favourite time of year as I learn about these remarkable young people and what motivates them and what that means in connecting with our own amazing customers at the store or with the truck at the events all over the city.
As we wait and see whether this weekend’s storm is more or less than what it’s predicted to be, our new team has decided to take on the wintry mix with their own flavour combinations in pints, shakes and sundaes. With every one of the combos below purchased this Sunday, a dollar will go into the staff tip jar!
So try the#mattieandgabbysmix, #mikaandsarahsmix, #sharletandtheosmix or the #yasmineandtorysmix. And say hi to the new team while you’re there!
John Denver seems to have it about right about sunshine and happiness. And whether we love or loathe daylight savings time, it brings us closer to long, breezy summer nights.
Before we get there, St. Paddy’s day shows the way to spring … and to celebrate that day in its own special way, the cast and crew of The Merry Dairy are pleased to present new flavours, starting Sunday, March 11, or Day 1 of Daylight Savings Time.
Pretzels and Stout … Raise a Guinness – and raise a cone of premium ice cream laced with the stout of Ireland and chocolate covered pretzels!
Hint o’ Mintonburg* … Fresh frozen custard, and green like a shamrock – “minty, yes, but I like it too ….” *only available beginning Wednesday, March 14
and finally …
Leprochaun Rainbow … a bowl (or cone!) of Lucky Charms flavoured ice cream, it’s magically _____…
And looking ahead even further to Easter and beyond, it’s an ice cream carrot cake … available now by special order
And one thing that makes Ottawa summers so great are Ottawa sunsets — @Nancyfromottawa’s instagram feed of sunsets at Westboro beach is the next best thing to being there. And a great reminder of long, summer nights to come …
Whether it’s six more weeks of winter or not, The Merry Dairy reopens on February 3! Come on down between 8 and 2pm for a waffle topped with a scoop of one of our breakfast inspired flavours listed below.
And if you wear your PJs enjoy a free hot chocolate or coffee!
oatmeal & brown sugar | lemon poppy seed | banana chocolate chunk |maple with candied bacon | chocolate | strawberries and cream | Grape Nuts (neither grapes, nor nuts but crunchy, crunchy, crunchy!) | cinnamon toast
mimosa ice pops (fresh squeezed OJ with champagne … for the adults)
Enjoy a glass of homemade mulled wine, egg nog, cider and hot chocolate and check out The Merry Dairy holiday flavours!
Or order a Merry Dairy ice cream Yule Log Cake or Buche de Noel 🎄 made with vanilla frozen custard layered between homemade chocolate wafer cookies on the inside with an outside layer of peppermint candy cane ice cream followed by whipped cream with cocoa.
Big or small, add a pint of Double Blue and Rocky Mountain so that East meets West in one of Canada’s great traditions! And then bring opposing sides together with a pint of Canada150 Maple Bacon! Enjoy all three pints for a special price of $22. Available for purchase online or pick up the store. $8 for individual pints.
Eastern fan? Try Double Blue! Wild blueberries and serviceberries from the lush Ontario landscape are a two point convert, quarterbacked with a strong lemon zest.
Western fan? Try Rocky Mountain – a specialty team combination play of dark chocolate, fudge swirl, marshmallows, and Oreos.
And bring it all together with the #Canada150 Maple Bacon finale as you relive memories of Ottawa Grey Cups from days gone by with Henry Burris, Russ Jackson and Tony Gabriel!
First – Pick up a free pumpkin at The Scary Dairy at 102 Fairmont for the Boo-Scarrry Kids (and yoooouuuuth) Pumpkin Contest! Bring back the carved pumpkin before 3pm on Sunday. For kids 10 and under, one pumpkin will be picked at random to win a free b00-scaaarrry ice cream cake. For the 11-18 category, one pumpkin will be selected by the judgy Scary Dairy and Parkdale Food Centre Staff. All entrants receive a Scary Dairy Treat!
Then second – bring some chill to your scarrry side with a Black Vanilla Frozen Custard cone, made with edible charcoal for that extra je ne sais noir … available now at The Scary Dairy.
And third … on October 31, head on down to 102 Fairmont with non-perishable food and exchange it for a Merry Dairy treat and coupon for our new online store.
So spread the word and bring your family, bring your friends and bring your in-laws for a Scary Dairy Halloween Spooktacular!
And next month … watch for our Grey Cup surprise ….
One of the most common questions about the new store is … so, what are you going to do for winter? The answer is … lots! But before we get to winter plans – a big hello to all new subscribers – many from our Fairmont Sundae Social contest held September 17. Congrats again to our winners. And thank you to all who donated to our four local charities that day as well as to Ottawa’s Triple Trouble who provided musical entertainment!
Photographer Justin van Leeuwen captured the day beautifully in a series of photographs below.
Congratulations Jane Harley – free pints for a year!
As chilling as this winter scene may seem right now, something even more chilling is just around the corner ….
That’s right … The Scary Dairy is back and bigger than ever before now at 102 Fairmont and featuring the truck’s last night before trundling off to its winter hibernation den. Bring non-perishable food on October 31 to help the Parkdale Food Centre and receive a Merry Dairy treat!
First, The Merry Dairy online store will soon be launched, where you can purchase pints (of the ice cream kind!), sandwiches, ice cream cakes and t-shirts and pick them up at the store! Look for all the details in our next blog post …
Third, corporate events! Have a team you want to treat? Spend the afternoon at The Merry Dairy and make your own ice cream as a team, and take home the outputs! Contact email@example.com for more info and to book your group!
And finally … Store hours have also been modified a bit – The Merry Dairy will be closed Tuesdays, and will take a winter holiday in January, and open at 3pm on Mondays. And once in a while we may close early 😉
One dollar per regular priced non-soft serve item will also be split among each of the four charities!
And … a raffle! Anyone who has signed up to receive “The Scoop” by Sunday at 4pm has a chance to win one of three prizes – a free pint a week for a year, a gift certificate from Purewater Total Home Leisure, or a Merry Dairy Ice Cream Cake!