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USA, 24.08.2017

PHOENIX, AZ. (August 23, 2017) – When you visit amazing cultural cities like Florence and Rome, there is a central theme displayed on almost every corner… real, authentic Italian 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.

Starting in October of 2017, the organization will hold four competitions in the western part of the United States: 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.

Here are just a few of the artisans who will be competing in the first stages of the Gelato Festival America: 

  • Suzanne Batlle, Azucar Ice Cream, Miami, FL
  • Walter and Marta Bergamaschi, Gelato Dolce Vita, Mesa, AZ
  • Michele Brown, Brook Hollow Golf Club, Dallas, TX
  • Ezequiel Gomez, Gelato Gourmet, LLC, Weston, FL
  • Joel Gonzalez, Tio Frio, Phoenix, AZ
  • Giancarlo Macchiarella, Cafe Mercato, Denver, CO
  • Thomas Marinucci, Marinucciìs Gelato, Fairfax, VA
  • Maurizio Melani, Heladeria Véneta, Valencia, Spain
  • Peter Miller, Tazzina di Gelato, Tucson, AZ
  • Darrell Nurse, Chip in a Bottle, New Haven, CT
  • Andrea Racca, Bobboi Natural Gelato, La Jolla, CA
  • Juliann 'Jules' Stoddart, Parkside Projects, Austin, TX
  • Pam Wolfert, The Inn Spot, Hampton Bays, NY
  • Joel Yunen, Fragola Gelateria, Santo Domingo, Santo Domingo

Each of the events will be open to the public and will include educational opportunities for all ages and plenty of amazing, authentic Italian gelato. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit gelatofestivalamerica.com.

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.

Thanks to the partners and sponsors of Gelato Festival America:

Strategic Partners: Carpigiani – carpigiani.com/us, Sigep – Italian Exhibition Group  - sigep.it, Main Sponsor: PreGel America - pregelamerica.com, WhyGelato.com, Technical Sponsor: ISA - Isaitaly.com.



Seth Chandler


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