The winning flavor Stupify, a creamy but crunchy concoction of spice cookies drizzled with caramel, has been voted the best gelato flavor in the third stage of Gelato Festival America, which ended Sunday in Scottsdale, AZ. The win has gained Walter Bergamaschi of Gelato Dolce Vita, Mesa, AZ, a place in the Finale of the 2018 Gelato Festival America. With the support of SIGEP and Carpigiani, the Gelato Festival America welcomed ten artisans from around the country to compete with their special flavors in Scottsdale.

Several other awards were earned by the competitors: the Silver Award went to the flavor Cornetto all’Italiana by Cristina Marrazzo of That’s Amore Gelato, Scottsdale, AZ, and the Bronze Award went to the flavor New Mexico Green Chile Cheescake by Sylvia D’Andrea of Luna Rossa Winery & Pizzeria , Las Cruces, NM.

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 Stupify by Walter Bergamaschi.

Special Mention Public Vote went to the flavor Cioccolato al Peperoncino by Emilio Palici of Gelato Maestro, Portland, OR. Special Mention Technical Jury was awarded to the flavor Pecan & Piloncillo with Candied Chicharron by Joel Gonzalez of Tio Frio, Phoenix, AZ.

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 Kierland Commons 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 third time in Gelato Festival history, six kids from the Scottsdale 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 Cristina Marazzo of That’s Amore Gelato, Scottsdale, AZ, for the flavor Cornetto all’ Italiana.

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. Joel Gonzalez of  Tio Frio, Phoenix, AZ won the award with 12 scoops.

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 Sylvia D’Andrea of Luna Rossa Winery and Pizzeria, Las Cruces, NM.

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 Isabela Von Wachter, a culinary student from Ann Arbor, MI, describing her flavor Rich Venezuelan Cacao with a hint of Spice.  The prize for winning this contest is one free Master Class Course on Artisan Gelato Making at Gelato University America.

People from all over Arizona enjoyed the educational presentation in the Gelato Classroom. There were presentations from Carpigiani Gelato University, 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.

Join us on the final stage of Gelato Festival America 2017:  Tucson – November 3-5.


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, Sigep – Italian Exhibition Group  –, Main Sponsor: PreGel America –,, Official Technical Sponsor: ISA – Packaging Sponsors: Gelato Supply  –, Partner: Sogno Toscano –, Purely Sedona – & Media Partner – iHeart Radio.