Is there anything more satisfying than taking that first lick of gelato on a warm day? It really is one of life’s great pleasures. You choose your flavour, take the cone firmly in your hand and roll the creamy sweetness onto your tongue and into your mouth. You let the gelato sit there for a moment as you enjoy the coolness and savour the rich flavour. In a matter of moments you feel it warming, melting, spreading in your mouth. You are powerless against its sugary force, unable to stop until there is nothing left.
Have I got your attention yet? This month, there is something different coming to us from our friends from across the seas. Something very close to my heart – the Gelato World Tour. It has already visited Roma and Valencia and been attended by more than 280,000 people around the world. In just a few short weeks it will be making its third stop, landing its creamy sweetness right here in Melbourne just in time for the Carlton Italian Festa.
It’s part gelato festival, part artisan gelato competition. Kind of like a gelato Olympics. The World Tour will visit 8 cities from 5 continents. At each stop, up to 16 gelato artisans will present their one best flavour to compete for a place in the finals held in September 2014 in Rimini, Italy. The winning gelato will be crowned “World’s Best Gelato” and it’s maker will no doubt enjoy lifetime bragging rights. The all important decision of who goes through to the finals at each stop is determined jointly – 50% by public votes and 50% by a professional gelato jury. The aim for each gelato chef will be to combine innovation and tradition while bringing out the best in the ingredients used. Our own Guy Grossi will be heading the gelato jury in Melbourne.
But it’s not all about the artisan competition, and in order for the public to vote the best gelato the public must taste what’s on offer. The Gelato World Tour promises to be a three day gelato gorging extravaganza. Gelato will be made fresh at the Tour on the day and attendees can purchase a “Gelati Pass” giving them the opportunity to taste the gelato being made right in front of them. There will also be workshops for kids about the history of gelato and more. Here is a list of just some of the events that will be on offer:
* Short lessons held by instructors from the Carpigiani Gelato University on the art of gelato making;
* Talks on gelato trends;
* Lessons on how to open a gelato shop;
* Gelato competitions (including an instagram photo competition) and prizes;
* Gastronomic workshops; and
* Skills challenges between the professional gelato chefs.
Of course, partner and sponsor companies will also set up shop at the tour and hopefully, there will be lots of real Italian gelato on sale.
My Fair Melbourne will be covering the Gelato World Tour so sign up to my blog to receive updates (just put your email address in the box on the right and click follow). Here’s hoping it’s a great event!When: 25 to 27 October 2013 (during the Carlton Italian Festa) Where: Argyle Square, Carlton (between Lygon and Cardigan Street) More Information? Click here to go to the Gelato World Tour website and sign up to my blog (scroll up, put your email address in the box on the right and click follow or email me at myfairmelbourne.gmail.com) to receive email updates.
**Photos courtesy of the Gelato World Tour**
Opening hours for the Gelato World Tour are Friday 25 October 12.30 pm to 9.30 pm, Saturday 26 October 11.00 am to 9.30 pm, Sunday 27 October 11.00 am to 7.00 pm. Entry is free. For $10 you can purchase a ‘gelato pass’ which gets you two small cups and three small cones of gelato.