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America's capital may be associated with heated politics, but cold gelato is a bipartisan treat! For this reason, America has voted to once again bring Gelato Festival back to the capital, where City Market at O will host Gelato Festival Washington D.C. Come join us September 7th and 8th for delicious gelato made by world-class local and visiting artisans. A wristband grants you all you can eat gelato, the opportunity to participate in all festival activities, and a vote for your favorite gelato! The chef with the most votes will continue their gelato journey in the Gelato Festival World Masters 2021. Air Italy is the global partner of Gelato Festival.

Competing flavors

  • Bourbon Bacon Cannoli

    An upgrade to the traditional cannoli, Chef Mike decided to incorporate two of his favorite things: Bourbon and bacon! We take thick-cut, locally sourced bacon and marinate it in Kentucky Bourbon. Then we smother the bourbon drenched bacon in brown sugar, and bake into caramelized, sweet, delicious candied bacon. The Bacon candied bacon is then diced up and mixed throughout a sweet and delicate ricotta cheese gelato. Once mixed together well, we blend in a stracciatella chocolate chip. Finally, we drizzle an all-natural Grade A Canadian Maple Syrup throughout Chef Mike's cray cannoli concoction!

    Mike Mullinix

  • Avocado Two Mike

    Smooth avocado flavored dark chocolate stracciatella, sea salt caramel, coconut tuiles

    Michele Ragazzini
    Dolce Riviera
    Dallas, TX

  • Mango Raspberry Cashew

    Bright, juicy mango gelato swirled with tart raspberry ribbon. Layers of creamy cashew crunch add a buttery, caramel accent to these tropical flavors.

    Lauren Tamm
    Iorio's Gelato
    Kentwood, Michigan

  • Coconut Love

    The perfect balance of coconut, white chocolate and hazelnut pieces. This flavor does not need further explanations try it and fall in love with it .

    Ezequiel Gomez
    Gelato Gourmet 
    Weston, FL

  • The All-American

    Interlaced with a tantalizing salted butterscotch drizzle, a gorgeous medley of home-baked cinnamon apples with layers of honey graham cracker crumbles await you in a perfect cheesecake setting.  Topped with ribbons of buttery caramel and melted white chocolate, this tribute to the All-American apple pie is sure to be the apple of everyone’s eye.

    Savannah G. Lee
    Savannah's Gelato Kitchen
    San Francisco, CA

  • Milk & Cookies

    A refreshingly delicious new take on the traditional cookies and cream. Chef Georgia was bored with the traditional take on the cookie classic and created something to get America's Gelato Cookie fanatics more excited about. Then this flavor was born. The quintessential chocolate chip cookie Gelato, MILK & COOKIES.

    Sierra Georgia
    Georgie's House of Gelato'Oh
    Philadelphia, PA

  • Blueberry pie

    A new twist on a classic dessert, our gelato is bursting with the flavor of delicious freshly made blueberry pie. It’s the perfect marriage of a classic American comfort food and a traditional Italian fior di latte. Wondering about the twist? For the first time ever, we have taken out all of the granulated sugar and sweetened using agave nectar instead. We’re bringing you slim ingredients, with fat tastes.

    Thereasa Black
    Amore Congelato
    Fairfax, Virginia

  • Sweet Potato Casserole

    Decadent sweet potato gelato topped with a sweet nutty streusel and gooey toasted marshmallows

    Jason Corosanite
    Particle Food Lab/Cafe Vine
    Philadelphia, PA

  • Salted Caramel Butter Toffee

    Crunchy cocoa nib toffee layered into salted caramel gelato

    Matthew Rice
    Pastaria
    Nashville, Tennessee

  • Pistachio Baklava

    Bluenoon’s Pistachio Baklava takes a cue from the streets of Damascus, Syria to bring you a rich, decadent experience through a cold spoon of gelato. We use dark honey, fragrant cinnamon, pistachio, and clove, along with some other flavors to create a delicious pistachio base. Then we add actual baklava made from a recipe passed through the family of our chef, Hiba J, to add the crisp and crunch we all love in our baklava. Bluenoon is so happy and excited to tell a story about Damascus, a city we love and cherish, through this unique gelato flavor!

    Hiba Akhter & Hiba Jaafari
    Bluenoon
    Washington, DC

  • Piazza Navona

    Fabio Pilò
    Zerogradi Gelateria
    Ambler, Pennsylvania

Special flavors

  • Air Italy

    A wonderful combination of Fiordilatte, Acacia Honey, and Corn Flakes. Delicious!

  • PB&J - Lemon Cookie

    PB&J - Jam out with PreGel’s spin on this sweet and salty classic American favorite, so similar to the real thing, all that’s missing is the bread!

    Lemon Cookie - The attractive hue and invigorating scent of this popular citrus fruit makes PreGel’s Lemon Cookie Gelato a main taste attraction.

  • Salted Butter Caramel - Coconut

    Salted Butter Caramel - The perfect pinch of salt merged with the taste of buttery caramel goodness in this PreGel gelato is a like a soiree no one should miss, especially you!

    Coconut - Tropical getaway, anyone? Have a cup of this gelato, rich in the sweet, creamy essence of tropical coconut and thank yourself later!

  • Lemon Pound Cake - Strawberry Shortcake with Strawberry Crumble

    Lemon Pound Cake - The attractive hue and invigorating scent of this popular citrus fruit makes PreGel’s lemon sorbetto a main taste attraction.

    Strawberry Shortcake with Crumble - That’s the way the shortcake crumbles…with strawberry gelato so authentic you can almost taste the juice.



  • Raspberry - Cinnamon Peach Crisp

    Raspberry - Just when we thought the sweet/tart flavor of raspberries couldn’t get any better, PreGel makes it into an irresistible frozen dessert that add the festivity to festivals!

    Cinnamon Peach Crisp - There’s a party in this gelato pan and the stars are cinnamon and peach! The sweet crisp is an added bonus that makes this one party you won’t forget!  



  • Pistachio - Hazelnut

    Pistachio - Bursting with authentic sweet, buttery flavor impossible to resist, PreGel’s pistachio gelato tastes like the irresistible fruit of the Mediterranean worthy of a gala.

    Hazelnut - Let the festivities begin with PreGel’s hazelnut gelato and its sweet, buttery splendor, so creamy and delicious you’ll want to eat the spoon.

  • Pink Grapefruit Tangerine - Raspberry Cheesecake

    Pink Grapefruit Tangerine - Wake up! The amazing flavor of PreGel’s pink grapefruit and tangerine will jolt your senses like the amusing sights and sounds of a dessert festival.

    Raspberry Cheesecake -

  • Blueberry Mascarpone - Strawberry Limeade

    Blueberry Mascarpone - With dramatic burst of blueberry flavor merged with the creamy richness of mascarpone cheese, this PreGel flavor fusion always draws an excited crowd.

    Strawberry Limeade - Juicy, sweet, tart, seedy, refreshing, delicious. Yeah, welcome to the PreGel strawberry-limeade gelato jamboree.

  • Chocolate Orange

    Rich milk chocolate intertwines with citrus ribbons of mouthwatering orange creating a PreGel parade of goodness for you to devour.

     

  • Brownie Brittle

    Mmmm…..chocolate. PreGel brings crunchy bits of brownie brittle pieces in this creamy dream on a spoon.

  • Pumpkin Spice Latte

    Oh my gourdness! This creamy pumpkin and delicate spice, accented by the smooth taste of roasted coffee beans make every bit of PreGel’s pumpkin spice latte gelato just like a holiday.

Saturday September 7th

  • Technical jury
    9.30am

  • Opening ceremony
    11.00am

  • Carpigiani Gelato University
    1.00pm

    Malcolm Stogo and Yang Chen Dolma of Ice Cream University based in New Jersey will present the new Homemade Junkies: Having Fun Making Great Ice Cream at Home. A fun book with 100s of Frozen dessert recipes to make at home!

  • Stack it High
    2.00pm

    ·                     Stack-it-High Professionals: Gelato Artisans are given 60 seconds to stack as many scoops of gelato into a cup as possible. Current record to beat is 22 Scoops.

    ·                     Stack-it-High Amateurs: The same as above, but this is for the general public to participate in.

  • Speed Cup Race
    2.30pm

    During each stage of Gelato Festival America, the chefs will have the chance to participate to a fun filled moment with the Speed Cup Race Competition, sponsored by ISA. Speed Cup Race is about being fast as well as being neat. Rules are simple, fill as many cups as possible by using the “spatula” as in the traditional Italian way. Each chef has 30 seconds to serve as many perfect servings as possible.

    Speed is King! After picking a card to find out your penalty, try and serve as many Gelato portions in your allotted time as you can. Artisan with the most points wins!

  • Kids Jury
    3.00pm

    Little Jurors, both pre-selected and among our little guests of the Festival, will taste all the flavors in the competition and select their favorite. The winner will receive a Special Mention from the Kids Jury.

  • Carpigiani Gelato University
    4.00pm

    Malcolm Stogo and Yang Chen Dolma of Ice Cream University based in New Jersey will present the new Homemade Junkies: Having Fun Making Great Ice Cream at Home. A fun book with 100s of Frozen dessert recipes to make at home!

  • PreGel Interactive Games/Activities
    4.30pm

    It is game time! Let’s play Trivia where 2 players will compete for the chance to win a prize by answering gelato trivia questions. Then there is the Blind Tasting challenges. Taste 3 different flavors of Gelato and Sorbetto and try to guess the correct flavors or taste various kinds of pastes and flavorings and try to guess the correct flavors. Contestant who guesses the most flavors correctly will win a prize! And, finally, play the Relationship Game where a couple will stand back to back and answer questions about each other’s preferences and quirks and the person who gets more questions right will win a prize.

  • Eating Contest
    5.30pm

    This is for the True Gelato Lovers! Who is going to be the fastest eating 5 cups of their favorite flavors? 10 contestants will be selected from the crowd, and one of them could be you! The winner will compete against the champions of the other Gelato Festival Stages for the title of the BEST GELATO LOVER!!!

Sunday September 8th

  • Carpigiani Gelato University
    12.00pm

    Malcolm Stogo and Yang Chen Dolma of Ice Cream University based in New Jersey will present the new Homemade Junkies: Having Fun Making Great Ice Cream at Home. A fun book with 100s of Frozen dessert recipes to make at home!

  • Eating Contest
    1.00pm

    This is for the True Gelato Lovers! Who is going to be the fastest eating 5 cups of their favorite flavors? 10 contestants will be selected from the crowd, and one of them could be you! The winner will compete against the champions of the other Gelato Festival Stages for the title of the BEST GELATO LOVER!!!

  • PreGel Interactive Games/Activities
    2.00pm

    It is game time! Let’s play Trivia where 2 players will compete for the chance to win a prize by answering gelato trivia questions. Then there is the Blind Tasting challenges. Taste 3 different flavors of Gelato and Sorbetto and try to guess the correct flavors or taste various kinds of pastes and flavorings and try to guess the correct flavors. Contestant who guesses the most flavors correctly will win a prize! And, finally, play the Relationship Game where a couple will stand back to back and answer questions about each other’s preferences and quirks and the person who gets more questions right will win a prize.

  • Stack it High
    2.30pm

    ·                     Stack-it-High Professionals: Gelato Artisans are given 60 seconds to stack as many scoops of gelato into a cup as possible. Current record to beat is 22 Scoops.

    ·                     Stack-it-High Amateurs: The same as above, but this is for the general public to participate in.

  • Speed Cup Race
    3.30pm

    During each stage of Gelato Festival America, the chefs will have the chance to participate to a fun filled moment with the Speed Cup Race Competition, sponsored by ISA. Speed Cup Race is about being fast as well as being neat. Rules are simple, fill as many cups as possible by using the “spatula” as in the traditional Italian way. Each chef has 30 seconds to serve as many perfect servings as possible.

    Speed is King! After picking a card to find out your penalty, try and serve as many Gelato portions in your allotted time as you can. Artisan with the most points wins!

  • Carpigiani Gelato University
    4.30pm

    The family friendly course is made to be a general overview for the public to understand what are the differences between Ice Cream, Gelato, Sorbet, and the Artisan-made vs Industrial versions of these frozen desserts. They will get to see a frozen dessert be made in front of them and should leave with a general understanding of the science behind what makes Gelato taste so good!

    The course will be taught by Carpigiani Gelato University Instructor, Baron Gottsacker. He is a Wisconsin Native, and outside of teaching courses and other activities for CGU, he runs his own brand, called Baron’s Gelato.

    Baron will tailor the course to the knowledge level of the audience. For example if it is mostly children in the class, he will steer to fun flavors and stories: alternately we have seen that in many of these courses attract local Gelato aficionados whom have come with prepared questions and Baron will direct the course in a more technical direction.

    Lastly, Baron will prepare a fruit sorbet in front of the class. In less than 10 minutes Baron will transform fresh fruit, table sugar & water into a deliciously creamy sorbet without the addition of milk or dairy. This is perfect lesson to show the students the science behind what really makes a Gelato creamy, what keeps it from being a solid block, and what makes it so delicious!

    Learn the secrets of what makes Gelato so delicious! Take your first step into the Gelato World and see fresh local fruit transformed into Sorbet, in just minutes. A live demonstration followed by a free tasting.

  • Eating Contest
    5.00pm

    This is for the True Gelato Lovers! Who is going to be the fastest eating 5 cups of their favorite flavors? 10 contestants will be selected from the crowd, and one of them could be you! The winner will compete against the champions of the other Gelato Festival Stages for the title of the BEST GELATO LOVER!!!

  • Awards Ceremony
    7.30pm

    Who will be the champion of Gelato Festival? Attend the award ceremony and find out the best flavor and all the other special mentions awards.

Activities

PACIUGO

Paciugo Gelato Caffe is proud to be a sponsor of Gelato Festival America 2019. Paciugo Gelato Caffe has over 30 locations across the country, and in addition to the retail stores Paciugo Distribution is a manufacturer and distributor of ready-made gelato pans, pints, pops and authentic ingredients. In the Paciugo booth you will get to try some of the new flavors to our beverage program that includes Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade and Limeade. Each of these flavors are made with fruit and no added color or flavors. If interested in any of our products, please visit www.paciugo.com

Caffe' Vergnano

Caffè Vergnano 1882, Italy’s most ancient coffee roasting company will take part to Gelato Festival as official coffee sponsor. At Caffe' Vergnano's booth customers will be able to live the authentic Italian coffee experience with three iconic coffee based drinks. From the traditional espresso, to the cappuccino and macchiato. For more information, visit caffevergnano.com