The Gelato Festival is essentially the World Cup of Gelato where the best flavors made by gelateria owners from all around Europe compete for votes to determine the best gelato flavor. And in order to properly vote, you have to taste all the flavors… meaning the gelato festival is an overload of tasting the best gelato in Europe!
My friend and I headed to the Gelato Festival in the afternoon after the opening ceremony had already taken place. To get to Piazzale Michaelangelo where the festival was held, we had to walk for about half an hour up a large hill. The result was a fantastic view overlooking the city of Florence and a great workout – which would definitely come in handy after all the gelato tasting that was to come.
There were 16 gelato flavors competing, but there were 32 stations in total at the festival – some stations being put on by sponsors but also offering interesting flavors of gelato to try. We started off at a few of the sponsored gelato stations, then made our way to the competitors to taste and judge the best gelato flavors. Here’s a run down of the flavors we tried:
After consuming a total of 21 substantial cones/cups of gelato in the span of about two hours, my friend and I were about ready to roll down the steps of Piazzale Michaelangelo – we felt so full and honestly a bit sick after eating so much gelato and were likely crashing from a sugar high. But, it was still an awesome experience and I decided that my favorite flavor was a tie between the Baklava gelato and the raspberry with sweet wine gelato. I highly recommend checking out the Gelato Festival if you ever happen to be in Florence during the days of the event! It’s definitely an experience you (and your stomach) won’t forget.
UPDATE: The winners of the Gelato Festival: “Massimiliano Scotti is the best gelatiere in Europe! He wins with the flavor ‘Il mio primo vero latte’. The silver medal is for Vincenzo Lenci with the flavor Peperone rosso e fragile, the bronze medal for Giacomo Canteri with the flavor Inne Lemon Curd”