During an upcoming community event, District residents will soon have a unique opportunity to beat the heat while tantalizing their taste buds.

DC Scoop, kicking off on Aug. 20 will bring together families, neighbors and businesses for a unique and tasty experience. During this event, participants will be able to taste and judge the District’s best ice cream, gelato, custard and other cold treats for free.

The event will also feature live music, children’s activities and a “best ice cream” competition judged by area chefs and community leaders.

For more information and a list of participating vendors, visit: www.facebook.com/thedcscoop@theDCScoop2011