Gelato Festival: Bringing the Rich Italian Heritage of Artisan Gelato to a City Near You! by 30Seconds Travel

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Gelato Festival: Bringing the Rich Italian Heritage of Artisan Gelato to a City Near You!

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 U.S., but artisanal Italian gelato is still widely unknown 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. 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 U.S.: Boulder, Santa Barbara, Tucson and Scottsdale. 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 To stay up-to-date on Gelato Festival, follow @GelatoFestUS.

Donna John
Why not the Houston area??? How fun would this be? May have to plan a road trip when they release the dates! Got a good gelato recipe, Chef Gigi Gaggero ? Santa Barbara isn't that far.
Chef Gigi
OH M GEEE! I'll look up
My sleeve and get back to ya! Giggle crazy girl Donna John
Donna John
Woop! Challenge: You get picked to be in the Gelato Festival in Santa Barbara and I will make sure I'm there to be your cheerleader. :-) Maybe we can talk Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds into going.
Elisa Schmitz
Oh, yes! Chef Gigi Gaggero is our 30Seconds pick to represent at the Gelato Festival! I'll get T-shirts made and we'll go embarrass her by cheering really loud, LOL! Let's do this... 😀
Ann Marie Patitucci
Love this idea! I'd be happy to go to Italy to do some research for us! :)

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