THE SECOND EDITION OF GELATO FESTIVAL AMERICA IS COMING TO SCOTTSDALE THIS WEEKEND and you can get your tickets HERE
Did I mention they are BRINGING ALL THE GELATO YOU CAN EAT IN ONE DAY!?
THE 2018 EDITION OF TUSCANY’S GELATO FESTIVAL RETURNS TO AMERICA, BRINGING ITALY’S RICH HERITAGE OF ARTISAN GELATO TO Kierland Commons OCTOBER 20 – 21, 2018 and Festival hours are: Saturday 12-8 PM, Sunday 12-7 PM.
Gelato’s biggest international celebration is back in America, and stopping in Scottsdale for the second year in a row! Gelato Festival America will spread awareness of real Italian artisanal gelato through a contest in which gelato artisans and chefs will compete with original gelato flavors they have created for the event. The vibrant Italian community in Arizona will feel right at home amidst the rich creamy dessert sure to please adults and child alike. Oh and guess who is judging the creamy treats this year? Yours truly… I don’t exactly know what my credentials are but hey I love gelato and I’ve eaten a hell of a lot of it so there ya go- I’m down to pick a winner!
Here’s why you should plan on coming –
* Attend the Gelato School, where award-winning gelato artisans and experts will share what it takes to be a gelato chef and professional
* Participate in the Gelato Eating Contest, where the five people to eat five cups of gelato the fastest will win a gallon of gelato!
* Bring the kids to serve on the Kid’s Jury, where children have the opportunity to question the chefs and vote for their favorite flavor.
Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors (65+), $25 for kids (3 to 12 years old), and free for children under two years old. Those who purchase tickets for Gelato Festival America online in advance receive a discounted price: $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and kids (must show ID at the gate!). Presale tickets can be found online at www.gelatofestivalamerica.com/ticket and on Eventbrite. Tickets will be sold at the door as well.
Oh ya, I’m giving away a pair of tickets on my Instagram so be sure to enter this week at @therealhousewifeofscottsdale too!
So what’s the big deal about gelato? Americans often wonder what the difference is between ice cream and gelato. The main difference is texture! The gelato’s lighter texture comes from using more milk than cream, which also means less fat and fewer calories. It is stored at warmer temperatures, increasing the richness of the flavors and ensuring a smooth texture. Of course, there are also artisanal ice cream makers who also work every day to create fresh products in a unique American tradition.
“After the huge success all over Europe, and our first edition of the Gelato Festival in the USA in 2017, we realize that Americans really do love gelato,” expressed Daniele Palazzoni, General Manager of Gelato Festival America. “It is our goal to make certain that every American gets to taste what real Italian gelato is like and to spread the culture of artisan Italian gelato throughout the world’s largest consumer market for frozen desserts. We want to focus on the higher quality of artisanal gelato and artisanal frozen desserts compared to industrial products. Also, over the next three years the winners of each stage of Gelato Festival America will compete for the selection of the three best American gelato chefs who will be part of the 36 chefs from all over the world, who will vie for the title of World Champion in the Gelato Festival World Masters Final in Italy in 2021. I invite visitors in the US to cheer and sustain their favorite chefs because the best gelato chef in the world could be an American!”
Last year, 50 gelato makers competed with unique gelato flavors to produce over 13,500 pounds of gelato to the delight of over 40,000 visitors and 150 gelato professionals who were present at the festival in 2017. With the growth of Gelato Festival America, over 100,000 people are expected to attend the 2018 edition.