After visiting Rome, Valencia, Melbourne and Dubai, the Gelato World Tour will be stopping in Austin, Texas, May 9-11, at Republic Square.
"The city’s interest in diverse food experiences, healthy lifestyle, artistic culture and desire for high-quality locally-sourced food ingredients made Austin the perfect choice for our competition," said Achille Sassoli, Gelato World Tour's director.
Sixteen gelato artisans from North America will compete for three spots in the final, which will crown the best gelato chef in the world, to be held in Rimini later this year.
The top 16 gelato flavors in North America to be presented in Austin were selected by chef Damian Mandola and artisan gelato expert Luciana Polliotti and include Salted Pecan with Montmorency Tart Cherries & Tahitian Vanilla, Goat Cheese Cashew , Fior di Bronte – pure Sicilian Pistachio, Maple Brown Butter Pecan, La Grande Bellezza – The Great Beauty (Avocado Basil), Profumi di Sicilia – Flavors of Sicily, and more.
Visitors and the Gelato World Tour technical jury will judge the competitors, with the top three moving on to represent the U.S. in the Grand Finale of the Gelato World Tour.
Visitors will have the chance to attend lessons and hands-on workshops, enjoy “delicious” instruction on the ancient art of making gelato – and obviously sample a lot of gelato! Proceeds from sampling will benefit the Sustainable Food Center, an Austin-based non-profit.
The Gelato World Tour is a competition and a celebration of the art of gelato-making, Bologna-based Carpigiani Gelato University, organizer of the event, has said. Once the tour is completed, it will have visited eight cities, five continents, tested hundreds of competitors and most likely delighted thousands of people.
Admission to the public is free.