A brick and mortar location for black-owned gelato company Cloud Cups is coming to Fishtown.

The grand opening happens at 4:00p.m on Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20 with a free giveaway of two scoops of gelato/sorbet to the first 150 guests each night.

The new scoop shop is located next to Pizza Brain and the world’s first Pizza Museum at 2311 Frankford Avenue. Cloud Cups shares a dining room and a unique outdoor patio and courtyard with Pizza Brain.

The menu will feature handmade artisanal gelato and sorbet with 12 flavors at any one time from the menu of over 90 year-round flavors. Some flavors to expect are cookies and cream, pistachio, frosted flakes, limoncello, lemon, salted caramel, and mango. Seasonal flavors for the summer will include strawberry rhubarb, virgin mojito, blueberry lemonade, watermelon, blackberry, blueberry mascarpone, cherry stracciatella, cherry, and hazelnut.

Cloud Cups will also be debuting the Cloud-Nini with a choice of gelato or sorbet nestled inside a freshly baked pastry. The menu will also include an assortment of additional flavors by the pint, gelato, and sorbet milkshakes and beverages, gelato and sorbet flights, gelato and sorbet floats, other beverages and additional menu items on the way.

“I am so thankful and honored to be able to open my first-ever scoop shop in one of the hottest food neighborhoods in Philadelphia,” said Galen. “Since my early days of festivals, fairs and food truck events, I am finally able to call this my first home and welcome my first official guests. The demand for our gelato and sorbet has risen over the pandemic, and this is a dream come true. I partnered with Pizza Brain to use their space in my early years and this lets our guests have the best of both world’s amazing pizza and pies plus now a smooth creamy treat for dessert. This is our first scoop shop – but stay tuned as I am working on some exciting surprises for the summer and beyond. Please come say hi this weekend and let us show you what our artisanal gelato is all about.”

Cloud Cups is owned and operated by founder Galen Thomas, along with partners Kolade Oronti and Drew Posey. Thomas attended Frozen Dessert University in North Carolina and The Carpigiani Gelato University in Illinois. He founded the business officially in 2018 – and has continued to grow and expand first with mobile sales, his mobile gelato cart and now his first scoop shop. After the scoop shop is underway he will then pursue farmers’ markets, larger scale festivals, catering, weddings and special events.

For more about Cloud Cups follow @cloudcupsgelato on Instagram and visit https://thecloudcupscompany.com/.


Savor the Flavors: Must-Visit Food Festivals Across America

Food festivals are the ultimate foodie experience. They bring together the best flavors, aromas, and tastes from around the world. These events showcase a diverse range of cuisines, culinary traditions, and innovative creations.

When it comes to food festivals, America sure knows how to bring the flavor. From coast to coast, you’ll find some of the best culinary celebrations that will make your mouth water. Whether it’s the BBQ fests down in the South, the seafood feasts along the shores, or the multicultural foodie extravaganzas in bustling cities, there’s something for everyone.

These festivals typically showcase the diverse culinary traditions and innovative dishes that make American cuisine so special. So, where can you find food festivals that will have you craving more?

There are plenty of food events serving up some incredible food in America that you must attend. Here are some food festivals that take place across the nation.

  • Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, Orlando, Florida

    The Epcot International Festival of the Holidays at Walt Disney World in Orlando is a magical seasonal celebration that takes place each year. This enchanting event invites guests to immerse themselves in the holiday spirit while exploring the diverse traditions and cuisines from around the world. The festival features special entertainment, dazzling decorations, and a delightful showcase of global flavors through various food and beverage offerings.


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  • Dollywood Harvest Festival, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

    The Harvest Festival at Dollywood in Tennessee is a beloved autumn celebration that embraces the beauty and bounty of the season. Held annually, this festival showcases the vibrant colors of fall, the rich traditions of harvest time, and the warm hospitality of the Smoky Mountains. Although the theme park hosts seasonal events year-round, the Harvest Festival is one worth checking out. They feature Autumn inspired treats, like sweet potato poutine, spiced pumpkin bisque, and maple pecan and bacon funnel cakes.

  • South Beach Wine And Food Festival, Miami, Florida

    The South Beach Wine and Food Festival is a culinary extravaganza held annually in Miami Beach, Florida. This multi-day event brings together some of the world’s most renowned chefs, culinary personalities, and food enthusiasts like Guy Fieri and Giada De Laurentiis. The festival showcases a diverse range of food and drink experiences, including tastings, cooking demonstrations, seminars, wine and spirits events, and parties.


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  • International Flavors of Carnaval, Orlando, Florida

    Universal Studios Orlando has been the host of the International Flavors of Carnaval held each year. The event features food and drink booths offering a wide range of dishes inspired by various regions and traditions, allowing guests to explore unique flavors from around the globe. Alongside the culinary offerings, there are often live performances, music, and entertainment that showcase the spirit and energy of Carnaval. Throughout the parks, guests can discover food and beverage mini kitchens featuring over 70 delectable dishes that pay homage to the Mardi Gras and Carnaval celebrations held across different corners of the globe.

  • Choctoberfest, Hershey, Pennsylvania

    Hershey, Pennsylvania is a chocolate lover’s paradise and is the home of the Hershey Chocolate Factory. When autumn arrives in Chocolate Town Square Park, cocoa enthusiasts flock to the highly anticipated Choctoberfest. This annual event transforms into a haven for chocolate lovers. It’s a one-day celebration where you can freely immerse yourself in the world of chocolate, with over 70 booths tempting you with an assortment of sweet treats.

  • Taste Of Chicago, Chicago Illinois

    Many people travel for the annual Taste of Chicago. Spanning five glorious days in July, this renowned event draws an astounding 1.5 million attendees, making it one of the largest free-admission food festivals on the planet. At Taste of Chicago, you’re in for a treat with a wide variety of food options to explore. From bites served up by food trucks to the creations of celebrity chefs and the exciting flavors of pop-up restaurants, this festival has something to satisfy every craving.

  • The Greatest American Foodie Festival, Las Vegas, Nevada

    The Great American Foodie Festival is an event that every food lover should mark on their calendar. This festival showcases a mouthwatering selection of culinary delights from all across the United States. With a diverse lineup of food vendors, food trucks, and gourmet chefs, this festival offers a one-of-a-kind experience to indulge in the best flavors and creations that America has to offer. Whether you’re a fan of classic comfort foods, international cuisines, or unique and innovative dishes, the Great American Foodie Fest is the ultimate destination to satisfy your taste buds. With over 50 of the country’s top food trucks serving up a wide variety of delicious eats, celebrity chefs will be there to show off their culinary skills in demonstrations. Plus, you can enjoy the beer garden, try your luck at carnival-style games and rides, and witness an epic eating contest.


  • Festival Of The Sea, Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey

    Each September many people travel to New Jersey’s Festival of the Sea. If you’re a seafood lover, you won’t want to miss this one. Attendees can enjoy a day filled with fun activities, live entertainment, and, of course, seafood. From fresh catches of fish, shrimp, and crab to delectable clam chowder and lobster rolls.

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