Velvet Ice Cream Factory is a perfect day trip in the spring, summer, and fall!
Originally built in 1817, Ye Olde Mill, a former grist mill, is home to Velvet Ice Cream’s corporate offices in Utica, as well as Ohio’s only ice cream museum, ice cream parlor and restaurant. You’ll also find tons of outdoor space to spread out across and explore.
Get food or ice cream from the turn of the century ice cream parlor restaurant. There’s plenty of outdoor patio seating, and plenty of space to spread out across the property. You can even bring your own chairs to sit in the shade. Take your ice cream over to the pond to enjoy the ducks.
Kids have a blast on the playground equipment, and there are several walking trails to explore. It’s definitely worth a day trip!
The Mill opens on May 3 for the 2022 season!
Annual Sertoma Ice Cream festival
May 28-30, 2022
A festival featuring Ice Cream? Sign me up! The Sertoma Ice Cream Festival is located one mile south of Utica and nine miles north of Newark, on state route 13, on the grounds of Energy Cooperative and Velvet Ice Cream Co.
Over 90 artisans from Ohio and other states exhibit their handcrafted items. Pony rides, antique tractors, a car show, motorcycle show and a magic show are just some of the many things to do and see.
Try your hand (or mouth) at one of the contests, including ice cream eating, balloon toss, egg toss, (all weekend long) and kiddie tractor pulls on Sunday.
There will be plenty of food options, including the ham and bean tent, and bratwurst stand – plus the ice cream tent! Enjoy stage entertainment through the weekend, including the Columbus Zoo, arts and crafts, and more.
Don’t miss the parade in the village of Utica on May 28. Check out the full schedule here.
Tour bus and handicapped parking is available, and you can grab the shuttle service from the parking lot to the festival entrance. Admission is $5 per car.
Feeding the Ducks
Note: if you are going to feed ducks, bread, crackers and other junk food is not a recommended source of food for their health, and can contribute to water pollution.
Better options include corn (canned, frozen or fresh), duck pellets (sold online and at pet stores), lettuce, other greens (torn into small pieces), frozen or defrosted peas, oats (uncooked; rolled or quick), rice (plain white or brown, cooked or uncooked, whole or instant), birdseed (any type or mix), grapes (cut in half or quartered if very large), or vegetable trimmings or peels (chopped into small pieces).
The Mill is typically open from May-October.
Mon: CLOSED, Tues. – Sun.: 11am-5pm
Closed November – April
Yearly (past) events at Velvet Ice Cream
events will be updated as details are confirmed
Velvet Ice Cream’s Fall Into Fall
Kick off autumn with Velvet Ice Cream’s Fall Into Fall on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 11 AM – 5 PM. Several different crafters will be selling their merchandise from 11am to 5pm in Velvet’s front parking lot. Find home decor items, hair accessories, desserts, candles and much more!
There will also be a fishing tournament hosted by Curtis Kustom Lures from 11am to 4pm. Three age groups (2-6, 7-12 and 13-18) will compete to catch the most fish. You can sign up at Velvet Ice Cream on the day of the event.
Velvet Ice Cream’s Block Party
TBA for 2021
The Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival is cancelled again for 2021.
Restaurant Week at Ye Olde Mill
July 16-23, 2021 In collaboration with Licking County Restaurant Week, come out to Ye Olde Mill for a great deal! Purchase 1 meal for half off any number of scoops on a sugar/cake cone or cup. We can’t wait to see you out here!
Limit one coupon per meal.
National Ice Cream Day at Ye Olde Mill
Join Ye Olde Mill for some National Ice Cream Day fun on Sunday, July 18 from 11 am – 7 pm! Take a horse drawn carriage ride around the Mill grounds or browse over 20 craft vendors who will be onsite. Join the ice cream sandwich eating contest at 3pm. Visitors from 11am to 3pm will receive a free scoop of ice cream in a cup or cake cone. Details here.
Doggie Days @ Ye Olde Mill
Every 3rd Thursday starting July 15th through October. Bring your furry friends anytime during the day for a doggie dish and a free bandana.
Fall-O-Ween at Ye Olde Mill
First ever FALL-O-WEEN at Ye Olde Mill is Sunday, October 24th from 11pm to 5pm! There will be a fishing derby and a Halloween costume contest.
Live music with Barefoot McCoy from 1pm-4pm
Costume Contest all day
Fishing Derby: Registration begins at 11 am; 3 age groups available.
Tips are donated to Breast Cancer Awareness!
Try the October features, the Bewitched Sundae and Pink Milkshakes. A portion of proceeds from Pink Milkshakes will be donated to Breast Cancer Awareness.
Open from 11 am – 5 pm through October; closed Mondays.
Mother’s Day Food Truck Festival
Sunday, May 8, 2022. Bring mom out for a food truck festival featuring 8 awesome trucks!
Poppy’s Roadside Diner
Mama Lupe’s Kitchen
Molten Grilled Cheese