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St. Petersburg Consumes Tons of Ice Cream as Temperatures Soar

Published: August 1, 2014 (Issue # 1822)



  • The most ice cream is devoured in St. Petersburg, Moscow and Russia's southern regions.
    Photo: Igor Tabakov / SPT

Rising thermometers have pushed ice cream sales up around most of the country this month, and Petersburgers are eating up to 150 tons of the frozen treat on particularly hot days, a news report said.

Russians have already eaten up the supplies of ice cream that producers had stocked up for the summer, prompting dairies to work overtime to meet the increased demand, Valery Yelkhov, director of the Ice Cream Producers Union, was cited by Izvestia as saying Thursday.

The most ice cream is devoured in St. Petersburg, Moscow and Russia's southern regions, though Siberia's Novosibirsk, Omsk, Irkutsk and Barnaul regions are also among top consumers, Yelkhov was quoted as saying.

Sales spike on days when temperatures rise to 25 to 30 degrees Celsius, prompting Petersburgers to consume 150 tons of ice cream a day, topped only by Moscow with 250 tons, Izvestia reported.

Unusually high sales this summer have also contributed to an increase of total ice cream sales for the first six months of the year by 9 percent compared to the same period last year, Yelkhov was quoted as saying.





 


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Thursday, Nov. 27


The Customs and Transportation Committee for AmCham meets this morning at 9 a.m. in their office on Ulitsa Yakubovicha.


Tickets are still available for local KHL team SKA St. Petersburg’s showdown with Siberian club Metallurg Novokuznetsk tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Ice Palace outside the Prospekt Bolshevikov metro station. Tickets can be purchased on the team’s website, at the arena box office or in their merchandise store on Nevsky Prospekt.


Celebrate one of Russian literature’s most tragic figures during Blok Days, a two-day celebration of the 134th anniversary of the poet’s birthday. The tragic tenor’s work, which led to writer Maxim Gorky to hail him as Russia’s greatest living poet before his death in 1921, will be recited and meetings and discussions about his contributions to the Silver Age of literature in St. Petersburg will be discussed in the confines of his former residence.



Friday, Nov. 28


Join table game aficionados at the British Book Center’s Board Game Evening. Held every Friday at 5 p.m., aficionados and amateurs alike can come take part in a variety of different games that test one’s intellect and cunning.



Saturday, Nov. 29


Cats, dogs, birds, rodents and reptiles are just some of the things that will walk and crawl at Lenexpo convention center this weekend as part of Zooshow, a two-day exhibition featuring not only man’s best friends but a four-legged fashion show, as well as a food fair that will help pet owners find out more about which kibbles are best for their hungry pets.



Sunday, Nov. 30


Remember the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Russo-Finnish war in 1939 during today’s reenactment titled “Winter War: How it Was.” More than 200 people will take part in recreating the opening salvoes of the battle for the north in Kamenka, a small village situated between Vyborg and St. Petersburg, using authentic equipment and vintage vehicles from the era. The faux battle begins at 2 p.m.



Monday, Dec. 1


Serbia filmmaker Emir Kusturica is the featured guest this evening at the Lensovet Palace of Culture the Petrograd Side. Fans of the director will get the chance to watch his movie “Black Cat, White Cat,” as well as ask questions about his award-winning filmography. Tickets for the event, which starts at 7 p.m., start at 2,000 rubles ($42.50).



Tuesday, Dec. 2


Today is the final day of “Takoy Festival,” a three-week program of plays based on the works of Dostoevsky, Remarque and other famed European writers, whose work is transcribed for theatrical performances. Tonight’s festival finale is “Fathers and Sons,” a two-act drama staged by the Novosibirsk Academic Drama Theater based on Turgenev’s classic about familial relations.



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