Gelato Festival in Florence

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From April 21 to 25, Florence will host the Firenze Gelato Festival’s sixth edition. The best gelato makers from all over Italy and abroad will present their most sophisticated flavours and will be part of courses, cooking shows and gelato contests. Guests will be able to watch gelato makers at work, taste and vote for their favorite flavors, and sample a special flavor in each city, including Nutella and a mango-kiwi-strawberry combination.

There will also be opportunities to learn how gelato is produced and participate in gelato-making classes. Gelato first appeared during banquets at the Medici court in Florence. It is said that Bernardo Buontalenti invented the ice cream for the court of Catherine de’ Medici in 1565, when he bowled over guests with a cold cream made from a base of milk, honey, and egg yolks with a splash of wine, aromatized with bergamot, lemons and oranges. An event perfect for the little ones, as well as adults, there are lots of games and activities to suit all the family. Serious foodies also rejoice, as the exhibition tells us the precious history of Italian ice cream, the evolution of techniques for making the icy treat, and the consumption of the flavourful ice cream from Bernardo Buontalenti's 16th Century creation to this very day. Italy is already a popular gourmet destination to enjoy the more well-known staple Italian dishes of pasta and pizza - you may not have known that Italian ice cream is also fundamental to Mediterranean cuisine.


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