Italy Wins Coveted “World’s Best Gelato” Prize


1,800 gelato-makers participated in the sweeping, three-year contest.

The following article, written by Andrea Smith, appears on LonelyPlanet.com

Italy has scooped the ‘world’s best gelato’ prize after a three-year worldwide contest

As if we needed any more excuses to go to Italy, it has now been voted home of the world’s best gelato. The finale of a three-year long mission to choose a winner from over 1,800 gelato-makers worldwide took place in the coastal Italian city of Rimini earlier this week, with Alessandro Crispini of Gelateria Crispini in the Umbrian town of Spoleto taking the top prize.

The Gelato World Tour is coordinated by the Carpigiani Gelato University, and it has been travelling the world in its quest to track down the tastiest gelatos from different countries. There were 36 finalists representing 19 countries in Rimini this weekend, and they undertook a number of challenges.

The three-day event drew 50,000 people, all keen to sample the deliciousness on offer and enjoy demonstrations and workshops on subjects like the art of making handmade gelato, the history of gelato, and how to run a gelato business.

Having purchased a special ticket, attendees could taste eight samples of the gelato that was produced daily on-site by the 36 gelato artisans. They were able to vote for their favourites, and their votes combined with the technical judges’ votes to determine the best gelato. Continue reading at LonelyPlanet.com. 

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