The winning flavor Fior d’Arancia, Smooth blend of milk and cream mixed with Sicilian Orange Peel & Dark Chocolate, has been voted the best gelato flavor in the fourth stage of Gelato Festival America, which ended Sunday in Tucson, AZ. The win has gained Eugenia Sardelli of Gelateria Sardelli – Il Mio Gelato, Tuscany, Italy, a place in the Finale of the 2018 Gelato Festival America. With the support of SIGEP and Carpigiani, the Gelato Festival America welcomed nine artisans from around the world to compete with their special flavors in Tucson.
Several other awards were earned by the competitors: the Silver Award went to the flavor Pistacchiotella by Kelly Chu of Cirsea by Kelly, and the Bronze Award went to the flavor Il Siciliano by Ezequiel Gomez of Gelato Gourmet, Weston, FL.
A new competition at the Gelato Festival, the Gelato-to-Go Champion award is given to the artisan who sells the most pints to take home. And the Gelato-to-Go Champion was the flavor Fior d’Arancia by Eugenia Sardelli of Gelateria Sardelli – Il Mio Gelato, Tuscany.
Special Mention Public Vote went to the flavor New Mexico Green Chile Cheescake by Sylvia D’Andrea of Luna Rossa Winery & Pizzeria, Las Cruces, NM. Special Mention Technical Jury was awarded to the flavor Fireball by Cheffe Pamela Wolfert of The Inn Spot, Hampton Bay, NY.
Deciding the competition results was the combined vote of the jury of food journalists and that of the general public. Each category accounted for 50% of the vote. The awards were announced at La Encantada at the close of the second stage of the Gelato Festival America.
There were several side competitions at the festival that really got the crowd going. For the fourth time in Gelato Festival history, ten kids from the Tucson area grilled the artisans on their motivations and methods of preparation, then tasted and voted on the best flavor. Kid’s Jury Award went to Ezequiel Gomez of Gelato Gourmet, Weston, FL, for the flavor Il Siciliano, a delicious combination of the most amazing ingredients from Sicily. Il Siciliano is a creamy pistachio gelato with toasted almonds and a refreshing touch of lemon, topped with caramelized orange zest.
Another entertaining competition was Stack It High, presented by PreGel America where artisans had 20 seconds to stack as many scoops onto a cup as possible. Cheffe Pamela Wolfert of The Inn Spot, Hampton Bay, NY. Speed cup, a competition presented by ISA, allowed the artisans to show off their speed and accuracy in producing cups of gelato. The winner was Giulia Gori of Vivoli, Florence, Italy.
And finally, Carpigiani Gelato University and PreGel America sponsored an award for the Best Gelato Storyteller! Each artisan was approached with little or no warning and asked about their flavor. Their ability to describe the flavor and their enthusiasm for gelato were captured on a live Facebook video, which was judged by the Gelato Festival Publicity Team. And the winner was Giulia Gori of Vivoli, Florence Italy, describing her flavor Florentine Affogato Tiramisù: Old Fashioned Tiramisu made with Florentine Custard cream recipe & traditional lady finger cookies dipped in Italian Espresso Café. All topped off with an irresistible Caramel Coffee Crunch!
People from all over Arizona enjoyed the educational presentation in the Gelato Classroom. There were presentations from Carpigiani Gelato University, Whygelato.com teaching the history of gelato, Sogno Toscano’s gastronomic gelato show, Speed Cup by Isa, phenomenal participation of kids to the Kids Jury, and a gelato eating contest! Recent students from Carpigiani’s Gelato University created fresh Berry Sorbetto and Coconut flavors that the public loved.
Stay tuned for the 2018 Gelato Festival America Tour, which will be coming to 12 cities across the United States, beginning in June.
About Gelato Festival
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.
Strategic Partners: Carpigiani – carpigiani.com/us, Sigep – Italian Exhibition Group – sigep.it, Main Sponsor: PreGel America – pregelamerica.com, WhyGelato.com, Official Technical Sponsor: ISA – Isaitaly.com. Packaging Sponsors: Gelato Supply – gelatosupply.com, Partner: Sogno Toscano – sognotoscano.com, Purely Sedona – purleysedona.com & Media Partner – iHeart Radio.