World's Leading Gelato Makers take Leicester by Storm
November 1st, 2018
Customers were treated to Memories of a Tortello – inspired by the butter-fried sage used to coat tortelli pasta – and Year after Year which examined the impact that time and patience has on the development of ingredients like Scotch whisky and chocolate.
Over 20 events, many of them free, were held at the St Martin's Square gelateria and in partner venues around the city, with most of the tastings and workshop being free to participate in. They all examined the festival's theme; “Gelato, a unique flavour journey”. The wild and wacky programme offered unique gastronomic experiences to all who participated, from a 5 course wine pairing tasting menu at the nationally renowned Delilah Fine Foods to tracing the role and impact of different yeasts in a delicious collaborative tasting by microbusinesses Planet Leicester Bakers and Anstey Ale Brewery.
The event closed with an award ceremony celebrating the achievements of the Maestri Gelatieri. Food writers Jan Egan, Tim Burke and Laura Hadland had the enviable task of judging each of the gelati, sorbetti and granite in terms of their flavour, balance, texture, structure and creativity, while a public vote running throughout the festival determined the people's champion. The overall winner was Stefano Guizzetti of Ciacco in Milan. His flavour 'Fiery Blackness' was deemed to provide the greatest flavour journey – with bitter cocoa melding into spiced rum notes, which in turn gave way to a subtle but distinct fire from Trinidad Scorpion chilli.