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Record turnout at S'pore's largest ice cream festival

A record number of 15,000 people turned up for Singapore's largest ice cream festival, ChunkFest. -AsiaOne

Sat, Oct 15, 2011

A record number of 15,000 people turned up for Singapore's largest ice cream festival, ChunkFest, which was held at the Promontory @ Marina Bay from 2pm to 10pm today.

The event is in its fourth year running and is organised by Ben & Jerry's.

Up to 32 flavours, including 11 exclusive flavours not available in Singapore at the moment, were served at the festival.

A source told AsiaOne that most of the flavours had run out by 8pm.

An ice cream eating competition called "Vermonster Challenge" was held at the event, where 10 teams of four people pitted themselves against each other to finish a sundae made of 20 ice cream scoops, four bananas, three cookies, one brownie, whipped cream and fudge, in the fastest time possible.

"Team Awesome Possum" beat nine others to finish in one minute and 37 seconds, and for that, they won a year's supply of 1,040 scoops of Ben & Jerry's ice cream.

A meaningful addition to this year's ChunkFest was the engagement of social causes concerning the theme "Fairness".

Throwing their collective weight behind the theme, several local non-governmental organisations, social enterprises and members of the public set up FairBooths to spread awareness of how to make the world a fairer place.

Kranji Countryside Association, Project Happy Feet, the Animal Lovers League and the Action for Singapore Dogs Society were some of the few who set up FairBooths at the event.

Selected members of the public also played their part by setting up five FairBooths of their own, supporting a wide variety of causes ranging from efforts to rebuild the volcano-stricken villages in Magelang, Indonesia to helping the youth of Boys' Town to buying handmade items by women who have been rescued from forced prostitution.

ChunkFest was first held in 2008.

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