Washington, DC. (September 7th, 2018) – Gelato’s biggest international celebration is back in America, and stopping in Washington, DC! 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 Washington, DC will feel right at home amidst the rich creamy dessert sure to please adults and child alike.
The ticket is an all-access pass to all of the activities and reserved events of Gelato Festival America 2018, listed below.
● 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!
● 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 gelatofestivalamerica.com/ticket and on Eventbrite. Tickets will be sold at each venue as well. Festival hours: Saturday 12-8 PM, Sunday 12-7 PM.
“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.
Andrea Cocchi, CEO of Carpigiani Group
"The US is currently the most important market in the world for Frozen Desserts with a total consumption estimated at about 27 billion dollars. Of these, 60% concerns industrial ice cream. A small part of the consumption regards artisanal ice cream and an even smaller one Italian-style artisanal gelato, a market that can count on just over 1,000 gelato shops. Gelato Festival America is therefore a strategic event aiming to give visibility to a selection of artisanal gelato makers operating in America that pass on and develop a culture that has its roots in the Florentine Renaissance. This year we wanted to give visibility also to artisanal ice cream makers, bearers of a tradition deeply rooted in the USA. It seems that even Benjamin Franklin and Theodore Roosevelt loved ice cream so much that they served it regularly to their guests using manual sorbet makers, of which we keep some specimens at the Gelato Museum in Italy. "