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Get The Scoop On London's Gelato Festival

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Updated: 30 June 2016
Nothing says summer like a festival fully dedicated to the sweet, sweet tastes of gelato. The Gelato Festival tour will be freezing up the Old Spitalfields Market with the London chapter of possibly one of the best festivals in the world. The Culture Trip London has the scoop on what’s in store for you!

The gelatieri – or more commonly known as the ‘gelato pros’ – from across Italy will be traveling to London, bringing with them their most exciting flavours and combinations possible. Not only will they be showing off how gelato should be done, but they will also be competing against one another for the title of the Most Creative Gelato. The gelato experts will be scooping up not only the weird and wonderful flavours of their regions and talents, but also the intriguing savoury and boozy flavours – and of course, what would a gelato festival be without the classics?!

Florence | Courtesy of Gelato Festival
Florence | Courtesy of Gelato Festival

In its sixth edition, this festival has become one of the most important events in the world of Italian gelato making – which is full of tradition and secrets. The taste of Italian gelato is so unique, unlike any other in the world, that you can’t help but fall in love with Italian gastronomy. This festival will travel throughout Italy and Europe for five months, visiting nine cities, with events by top chefs, prominent industry business and the remarkable gelato masters occurring every hour and every day of the festival.

Your task throughout this festival is to try all the award-winning flavours and vote for your favourite. For the ultimate gelato-lover, the ‘gelato card’ will allow you the opportunity to literally taste EVERY flavour at the festival. Although if you are too worried about suffering too many brain freezes, you will also be able to buy individual scoops on the day.

Florence | Courtesy of Gelato Festival
Florence | Courtesy of Gelato Festival

If your tastebuds haven’t been tickled yet, the following flavours of chocolate gelato available throughout the festival may just do the trick:

Artisan Nutella Ice cream

Santa Domingo – ‘dark chocolate, perfectly balanced, with a note of vanilla’

Ecuador – ‘dark chocolate with a touch of cinnamon’

Cuba Stracciatella – ‘the perfect union between crunchy chocolate and the natural vanilla flavour’

Cookie-flavoured artisan ice-cream

Florence | Courtesy of Gelato Festival
Florence | Courtesy of Gelato Festival

Don’t worry, that’s not all. Bringing the flavours of each region to the festival – featuring the likes of Lombardy’s amaretto, Tuscany’s Crema Fiorentina, Larzia’s ricotta cheese, Campania’s coffee, Sicily’s pistachio and Calabria’s lemon – there will be plenty to satisfy even the people who were dragged down to the event.

The Gelato Festival is bound to whip you into a heaven full of thick, creamy, gelato-goodness and possibly a brain freeze; but it will be worth it!

24 June – 3 July 2016

Old Spitalfields Market, London E1