The 2016 London Gelato Festival is here! Authentic Italian gelato masters are over from Italy as part of a European tour to put on a fantastic event in Old Spitalfields Market. They are all prizewinning gelatieri and the best of the best.
The event is wildly popular in Italy and attracts millions across the country. They are now rolling out across Europe (literally – the trucks are HUGE) and this is the second event in London following last year’s spectacular debut.
The gelatieri are experimental – there are savory flavours, boozy ones, sophisticated pairings and all the classics made fresh in the specially converted gelato trucks on site. They’ll be arriving at Spitalfields to serve the gorgeous gelato, host a full timetable of masterclasses in the gelato lab and bring London the real deal.
The flavours available at the festival will be hugely varied, including fruity dairy-free sorbets, chunky dried fruit concoctions, varieties of rich chocolate combinations and of course those that are simple, thick and creamy, such as last year’s festival winner ‘La Dolce Vita’, created by Florence’s Gelateria Badiani. It’s a base of rich ‘Buontalenti’ (cream, eggs, milk and sugar) with swirls of rich chocolate hazelnut sauce. They all show off the best of Italian produce, and the makers do not hold back on inventiveness.
The idea of the masterclasses is to educate on the difference between real traditional Italian gelato and ice cream – the term ice cream is in fact banned at the event! So each master will teach the basics of their recipe, the inspiration, the exact ingredients they use and why, people can see and taste everything. Then they’ll make it, pass round samples, the idea being that people see the whole process and appreciate how simple is all is, yet how important the quality of the ingredients. There will be different themes, like fruit, dried fruit, chocolate, sorbet etc., but they will mainly be based on what the masters specialise in.
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