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Gelato Festival is Coming from Tuscany to America!!!

Gelato Festival is spreading the culture of Authentic Italian
Artisanal Gelato and would like to welcome you to join the fun! Vote for
your favorite flavor in competition a lot of Chef and Gelato Artisans
will make a unique flavore for Gelato Festival, experience the creation
of Italian Gelato and take part in all contests and activities! When you
visit amazing cultural cities like Florence and Rome, there is a
central theme displayed on almost every corner… real, authentic Italian
gelato. Its heritage dates all the way back to the Italian Renaissance
when, in 1559, the Medici family commissioned famous artist and
architect, Bernardo Buontalenti to prepare an opulent feast for the
visiting king of Spain. For the special occasion Buontalenti created a
new frozen dessert, it contained just a few simple ingredients such as
milk, eggs and honey. Buontalenti is considered the inventor of this
frozen treat known today as gelato.

Today, gelato shops have started popping up all across the United
States but artisanal Italian gelato is still widely unknown in the U.S.
compared to countries in Europe. Now, Gelato Festival is coming to
America to help spread the awareness of gelato. Since 2010, Gelato
Festival has had eight editions with more than 2,000 artisans competing
in 60 Festivals all over Europe and has traveled over 32,000 km.
Currently, the Gelato Festival is on tour, stopping in eight European
cities. Starting in October of 2017, right after the European Finals
hosted in Florence, the organization will hold four competitions in the
western part of the United States: Boulder, Santa Barbara, Tucson and

Artisans and chefs will go through a rigorous selection process in
order to compete in one of these four stages with a unique, one-time
flavor specially created for the Gelato Festival. The winner will then
compete in a grand finale with other stage winners. Gelato artisans and
pastry chefs who wish to compete, don’t wait! Submit the application
online by visiting the website at,
or write to for a chance to be selected.

In the United States, the purpose of the Gelato Festival runs much
deeper than just experiencing taste-bud tingling, serious flavor
combinations that you can only find in artisan Italian Gelato and
Sorbet. According to Daniele Palazzoni, General Manager of Gelato
Festival America, “After the huge success all over Europe, now it’s time
for the American Dream. Our goal is to spread the culture of artisan
Italian gelato throughout the world’s largest consumer market for frozen
desserts, focusing on the higher quality of this product compared to
all others. Together, with the best gelato industry players, we will
help artisans build their own success in the United States market. With
more than 20 stops on our tour over the next two years we will be
visiting a city near you, obviously, with the best gelato ever.”

Address: LA ENCANTADA, 2905 East Skyline Drive, Tucson, AZ 85718

Start Date: 2017-11-04

Last Date: 2017-11-04

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