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Gelato Festival America


  • City Market at O 800 P Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)
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The world’s most prestigious event dedicated to gelato – all’italiana is back in America, and stopping in the nation’s capital! For the last ten years, Gelato Festival America has worked hard to share the delight that is artisanal gelato making and is very excited to return to Washington, D.C. once again. In the city constantly heated by politics, cold gelato is a bipartisan treat for Washingtonians. Gelato chefs from all over the world will compete with original flavors to determine who is the best. Join us Saturday, September 7th and Sunday, the 8th in front of City Market at O to celebrate and enjoy Italy’s iconic frozen dessert.

Organized in collaboration with Carpigiani and Sigep – Italian Exhibition Group, the Gelato Festival spreads knowledge and enjoyment of real Italian artisanal gelato through a contest where the chef behind the best gelato wins a gold medal by Florentine Goldsmith Paolo Penko. Following the Washington DC stage, Gelato Festival America will journey to West Hollywood, CA and open the first permanent Gelato Festival flagship store at 8906 Melrose Ave., which will carry all the best gelatos from the international tour. The celebration will continue as the Pacific Design Center transforms into a village of artisanal gelaterie to conclude the 2019 tour. Air Italy travels with Gelato Festival as the Global Partner.

A wristband entitles guests to all the gelato they can eat while participating in activities and voting for competing gelatos and the chefs who created them. The winner will continue the journey towards the Gelato Festival World Masters in Italy. Stock up on these rare gelatos in special cups from Gelato Festival’s Technical Sponsor, Stanpac, inspired by the unique history and people of Washington DC. Get tickets here.