Fun fruit combinations, liquor-inspired treats and other inspirations from both local and exotic destinations have captured the attention of judges of the industry’s Most Innovative Ice Cream Flavor Contest in recent years. Will your frozen dessert creation win next month at IDFA’s Ice Cream Technology Conference, April 16-17 in St. Petersburg, Florida?

IDFA encourages all conference participants to submit an entry for this popular competition, which is sponsored by Dairy Foods magazine. The contest offers an annual opportunity for ice cream and frozen dessert makers, as well as flavoring suppliers, to showcase their latest ice cream flavors and novelties.

All conference attendees are invited to compete in each of the three categories:

  • Most Innovative Ice Cream Flavor
  • Most Innovative Ice Cream Novelty
  • Most Innovative Prototype Ice Cream Flavor

Awards will be given for first-, second- and third-place winners in each category, judged by conference attendees, and all winners will be featured in an upcoming edition of Dairy Foods.

“The contest is a great way to spot new trends and highlight the industry's creativity,” said Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory affairs. “Last year the contestants showed off their expert ability to pair fresh, tropical fruits with almost anything, including spices, vegetables and decadent deserts.  And ice creams featuring cookie doughs and butters, as well as salty nuts, were also highly favored flavors in the lineup.”

To submit an entry, complete and email the contest entry form to Victoria Encarnacion, IDFA coordinator of membership and programs, at by April 1, 2019. 

Registration for the Ice Cream Technology conference is available here.