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The Festival

America, Here We Are!

After eight European editions, the Gelato Festival, the most important event dedicated to the artisanal Italian gelato, has come to America.
A competition that rewards the best Italian and foreign gelato chefs and the flavors they create for the event. A festival "on the road" that travels through Italy, Europe, and America bringing goodness, joy, experience, and culture.
The votes of a panel of experts and those of the public determine the winner of each stage. From city to city, for the duration of the Festival, hour after hour, award-winning chefs, gelato masters, and important and prestigious firms in the gelato business share the fantastic world of artisanal Italian gelato. Become a part of the voting public and taste the best new flavors.


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The ticket

Do you want to enter the delicious world of the Gelato Festival and help decide who wins? Buy one now at the event entrance or in advance, saving money and time. This way you can taste the flavors offered, both competing and not, which are always unique and original. Participate in all the events reserved for ticket holders and activities of the Gelato Festival to vote for the flavor that has won you over. The ticket is valid for one day. If you buy it during the Festival, it is valid for that day. If you buy it in advance, it is valid for the day you pick it up at the Festival ticket booth during opening hours.

Note: The number of flavors to be tasted varies in each city. Check which and how many exceptional flavors will be included on the ticket of the stage you want to participate in.


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Taste!

Unique and original flavors are custom made for Gelato Festival. Every city the competition stops in will see up to 12 gelato chefs compete against each other, each with an excellent new recipe, battling to win the title of best artisanal Italian gelato chef. In addition to the competing flavors, at every stage, there will be new and delicious flavors specially created by the sponsors. You need to have a ticket to taste all the flavors and reward the one you like the most.

Learn how to participate and help your favorite flavor win!

The Events

Each stage of the Gelato Festival is a treasure trove of delectable discoveries; new and original flavors, classic and traditional, but always delicious; performances by award-winning chefs and gelato masters; presentations by the most prestigious firms in the business; and all sharing traditions and secrets of the fantastic world of artisanal Italian gelato, unique and enjoyed around the world. And the ingredients? Italian top-quality, organic, slow food, a mix of goodness that makes each gelato an experience. Enter the world of the best artisanal Italian gelato: go to the calendar and buy your ticket. It's the only way you can participate in all the events of the Gelato Festival, taste all the flavors and vote.

At the Gelato Festival,
the Fun is Guaranteed!

The village has plenty of spaces for sitting, relaxing, and eating artisanal gelato, but there's also much more. The Gelato Festival offers you a great day out with its many activities!

Together with friends, family, or whoever you want, you can learn about the history of gelato and its mysterious recipes! Challenge them in contests of skill and memory! This and so much more for an unforgettable day! Experience the magical world of the Gelato Festival, where everyone can be young again.

Vote

The Gelato Festival is the most important Italian gelato competition in the world. Up for grabs in each city is the title of best flavor, as chosen by a panel of experts and the voting public – a pass to enter the final stage that will designate the best American gelato chef of the year. You will need a experience. Enter the world of the best artisanal Italian gelato: go to the calendar and ticket to taste all the flavors, participate in the voting public, and reward the flavor that you like the most.

The Jury

It is up to the public and the experts to decide who is the best. The technical jury and the public will choose the best “Master Gelato Chef” of each stage. The winner will earn a place in the finals, where just one gelato master will earn the title of “Best Flavor in America” for the current edition of the Gelato Festival.

The technical jury

On the first day of each stage, the technical jury – comprised of professionals and experts – will announce its final verdict and award 50% to the winner.

The popular jury

Members of the public with tickets can also vote for their favorite flavor and thus help decide who wins top honors in the final.


Kids' Jury

The "Kids’" portion of the judging will take place on Saturday at 11 a.m. on the main stage of each stop. Gelato Chefs will present their flavors to the panel of kids and defend their recipe. The panel of kid judges will vote for their favorite flavor. The winning flavor will receive a very special award.

The Kids’ jury will be treated to backstage access, connection with the chefs and tickets for their entire family. Email info@gelatofestivalamerica.com if you know a young foodie who would like to judge some delicious gelato!

A taste ... of history

Everyone – young and old – loves it, but few know its origins. A genuine food, it is fresh, nutritious, fun, and stylish. Gelato, before even pizza and spaghetti, was historically the first food to be classified as an “Ambassador of Italian Cuisine.” A true weapon of seduction, it was invented in 1559 by the ingenious Florentine artist, Bernardo Buontalenti, who, at a banquet held at the Court of the Medici, served the first cold cream made from milk, honey, and egg yolk. It was a culinary triumph! At the time, gelato was synonymous with the power, imagination, and creativity of the noble kitchens – something to amaze and often to intimidate their guests. From there, gelato began to spread, first throughout Italy and then to France, taken there by Catherine de' Medici.

Gelato – A Natural Food for Everyone

Gelato is a natural food with important nutritional components. The ingredients used in the making of gelato are part of a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet: milk, eggs, cream, cocoa, and fresh fruit. Milk-based gelato contains protein of significant biological value, with essential amino acids that are very useful to the body and its constant regeneration. The main carbohydrate sources found in gelato are lactose and sucrose, simple sugars that are quickly metabolized. These nutrients are particularly useful when recovering from athletic activity. Fat in gelato provides a favorable quota of short-chain fatty acids that are used by the body as a source of energy. Gelato also contains helpful amounts of Vitamins A and B2, calcium, and phosphorous. It’s nice to know that not only is gelato delicious, it is also good for you!