August 7 was the Annual Ottawa Ice Cream Festival at the Canada Agriculture Museum. It offered Ice cream, butter and cheese making demonstrations; waffle baking in the test kitchen (did you know that the first ice cream cones were waffle cones?); as well as ice cream samples. This was all in addition to the museum’s other attractions including a honey and bee exhibit, tours of a working dairy barn and daily milking demonstration and getting up close to all the great farm animals that live at the museum.

While this may sound like the perfect foodie outing – it’s really for the kids. Face painting, games and colouring activities were located at every section of the museum. It may have been interesting to try some of the specialty ice creams (such as those made from coconut milk, goats milk and rice milk) the amount of information available really was geared to kids. Definitely a fun time for families – but I don’t think I’ll be back without a five year old in tow to really enjoy the day. 

Waffle Recipe from the Canada Agriculture Museum

2 cups cake flour
2 TSP baking powder
½ TSP salt
1 TBSP sugar
2 eggs – separated
3 TBSP vegetable oil or butter
1 ½ cups milk

Mix egg yolks, oil and milk. In a separate bowl mix all dry ingredients and make a well in the centre. Add liquid ingredients and mix until batter resembles muffin batter. Beat egg whites and gently fold them into the batter. Pour batter onto the centre of the grid of a waffle iron. Close lid and bake until steaming stops. Remove and serve.

Makes 6 waffles.