Gelato Festival America

Jill Weinlein

This year's Gelato Festival is held in a new, intimate format with a digital component for a Covid-19 safe, socially distanced competition. The contest gives talented chefs opportunities to showcase their creative skills in making unique and flavorful artisan gelato. This year's Honorary Judge is Giada de Laurentiis will help the public select the winners making some of the worlds greatest gelato. Winners will move on to compete in the World Finale which is set to take place in September 2021 in Italy. 

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Individuals and families have the opportunity to purchase a sampling box and be the judge of the world’s best gelato. Each gelato box is filled with 12 different artisan gelato flavors and are available for purchase for $69 until December 9th. Boxes will be shipped to your door shortly thereafter.

Each box includes four QR codes that allows gelato fans to have a gelato taste testing party at home and vote for their favorite flavor, and ultimately take part in picking the winner of this year’s tournament, to be announced in January.

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The 12 unique flavors in the Gelato Festival box I received included:

Figs Pecan and Chocolate created by Carlo Piccinini of Gelato Italiano 

Almond gelato with lemon zest by Fabio Vota. Fun Fact: Fabio is the chef for Guess & Marciano Family Private Kitchen. He also was the chef for the Italian soccer team in 2006.

Oat Pistachio gelato with orange blossom and rose water by Joseph Maatouk of Paradise Ice Cream 

Hazelnut and Honey Truffle Stracciatella made by Luca Moriconi. Fun Fact: Luca is the Executive Chef of Culina Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills

Lavender Honey by Peter Macias of La Peer Hotel in West Hollywood

Banana Pudding gelato by Thereasa Black of Amore Congelato. Fun Fact: Thereasa is single 'mompreneur' and Navel Officer.

Vegan blood orange and almonds by Vincenzo Grasso of Likery 

Drunken Oat Vanilla Chai by Vinn Brooks of Coffee Manufactory

Gianduia gelato and Amarena cherry by Michael Miranda of Gelato D’Oro

Cardamom and chocolate pear gelato by Samantha Santiago Torres of Saint Clair Inn. Fun Fact: Samantha is a talented pastry chef 

Blueberry basil by Mike Guerrero. Fun Fact: Mike was the American Champion in 2019

Texas pecan salted caramel by Diego Comparin of Paciugo Gelato Cafe. Fun Fact: Diego was the Silver Award Americano Championship 2019.

Gelato Festival is open for purchases of gelato at 8906 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles.

Jill Weinlein

Los Angeles based Jill Weinlein covers travel, food and lifestyle destinations for multiple newspapers, magazines and websites. Her areas of expertise include, luxury travel, culinary reviews, cruising and family travel destinations. Born in Los Angeles, Jill studied Communications and Theatre Arts at UCLA. She has a a Dine and Travel blog - and she writes a weekly restaur...(Read More)

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