Now in its 8th edition, the Gelato Festival is the most important event dedicated to the world of Italian gelato. A European competition that recognises the best Italian and foreign gelato artisans and the flavours they create for the event. A festival "on the road" that during the summer travels through Italy and the rest of Europe bringing goodness, joy, experience, culture.... All on three food trucks, the true symbol of the Festival: Buontalenti, the production space, Ruggeri, the event space, Caterina de' Medici, events and tastings. The votes of a panel of experts and those of the public determine the winner of each stage and the winner of the European final. From city to city, for the duration of the Festival hour after hour award-winning chefs, gelato masters, important and prestigious firms in the business share the fantastic world of Italian gelato. Become a part of the voting public, taste the best new flavours
Do you want to enter the fantastic world of 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 flavours offered, both competing and not, always unique and original. Participate in all the events reserved for ticket holders and activities of the Gelato Festival, to vote for the flavour 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 flavours to be tasted varies in each city. Check which and how many exceptional flavours will be included in the Ticket of the stage you want to participate in.
Unique and original flavours custom made for Gelato Festival 2017. Every city the competition stops in will see up to 16 of the best local gelato artisans compete against each other. Each with an excellent, new recipe battling to win the title of best Italian gelato. In addition to the competing flavours, at every stage there will be new, delicious flavours specially created by the sponsors. At the Final in September, the top two finishers from each of the cities on the Tour will vie for the title of European Champion. You need to have a ticket to taste all the flavours and reward the one you like the most. Learn how to participate and help your favourite flavour win!!
Each stage of the Gelato Festival is a treasure trove of delectable discoveries. New and original flavours, classic and traditional but always delicious, performances by award-winning chefs and gelato masters, presentations by the most prestigious firms in the business - all sharing traditions and secrets of the fantastic world of Italian gelato, unique and enjoyed around the world. And the ingredients? Top-quality, organic, local, slow food, a mix of goodness that makes each gelato an experience. Enter the world of the best 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 flavours and vote for the
At 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. Gelato Festival offers you a great day out with its many activities! Together with your 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 magic world of Gelato Festival, where everyone can be young again.
The Gelato Festival is the most important Italian gelato competition. New formula: two competitions held at the same time in each city, one for the established gelato masters, and one for young up-and-comers. Up for grabs in each city and for each category is the title of best flavour as chosen by a panel of experts and the voting public. A pass to enter the Final stage that will designate the best European gelato of the year. You need a ticket to taste all the flavours, participate in the Voting Public and reward the flavour that you like the most.
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 and Junior gelato artisans of each stage. Each winner will earn a place in the European Finals, where just one gelato master will earn the title of Best Flavour in Europe for the 8th edition of Gelato Festival.
The technical jury
On the first day of each stage, the technical jury - composed of professionals and experts in the food and wine business - will express its final verdict and will award its 50% to the winner of each category (Master and Junior).
The popular jury
Members of the public with tickets can also vote for their favourite flavour and thus help decide who wins top honours in the Finals...
A taste ... of history
Everyone - young and old - loves it, but few know its origins. A genuine food, 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 intimidate - guests. From there gelato began to spread, first throughout Italy and then to France, taken there by Catherine de' Medici.