Ice cream equipment manufacturer Carpigiani is to back the Gelato Festival Europe being held in Old Spitalfields Market, London on 16-18 June.
While the festival is in its third year, this is the first time Carpigiani has signed a multi-year partnership deal with the show.
At the festival, visitors will sample gelato and sorbet, witness top chefs and gelato masters compete, view live demos, enjoy entertainment and have the chance understand more about the authentic Italian dessert. The event is run alongside Sigep IEG Expo, an international exhibition dedicated to gelato and pastry.
The 3-day festival will also host a competition, with contestants battling it out for a place in the grand final in Florence, with the chance to be crowned the 2017 Gelato Festival European Champion.
Paul Ingram, MD of Carpigiani UK, commented: “We’re delighted to be partnering with the Gelato Festival as it makes a return to our capital. Now in its third year, the event showcases the very best in gelato production from around the country and as such, has already confirmed contestants from some of the most prestigious restaurants, including the Gordon Ramsey Group and gelato masters from award-winning businesses including Snowflake Gelato and Equi. Carpigiani UK will also be providing support and live demonstrations throughout the event for those looking for advice on producing authentic, artisan gelato for themselves.”
The festival, made up of specially modified trucks, will tour Europe throughout the year, visiting locations including Italy, Poland, Germany and England before crowning the champion in Florence in September.
Kitting out the ‘competition stage’ truck with everything the contestants will need, Carpigiani will supply each kitchen with the latest equipment, including large pasteurisation units and gelato production technology. In addition, Carpigiani has also worked with the organisers of the festival to invite the 16 gelato masters in this year’s competition.