The award-winning Gelato Village in the city centre’s St Martin’s Square will present its second Gelato in the Square event on 27th and 28th October.
The event, which is in collaboration with BID Leicester, will celebrate the unique stories that artisan gelato tells.
Six leading gelaterias from around the world will be flying their teams to the city for the event, including L’Albero Dei Gelati of Brooklyn, New York. Their team members, Fabio Solighetto and Vittoria Vinante, will be presenting ‘Year after Year’, a gelato which celebrates the unique impact of time and patience in the production of complex flavour profiles.
Giovanna Musumeci of Pasticceria Musumeci in Sicily will be putting Leicester’s palates to the test by offering a gastronomic tomato granita. This will be served on toasted bread with burrata and basil in the style of a bruschetta.
All of the gelato makers are committed to using only the best ingredients, and do not use any artificial stabilisers, preservatives or flavourings. Half of the 17 flavours will be dairy-based. The gelatieri will have to adapt their recipes to work in balance with the rare breed Leicestershire cow’s milk that Gelato Village will provide. The other half of the recipes will be water-based which are suitable for vegans and others who follow a dairy free diet.
Simon Jenner, BID Leicester director: “Gelato in the Square is a great event, giving us a taste of some of the world’s best gelato right here in Leicester. We are pleased to be supporting Gelato Village with this event which can help to benefit the whole BID area by raising Leicester’s profile as well as bringing more people into the city centre.”
As the gelato is served using traditional spatulas, rather than scoops, visitors to Gelato Village will be able to enjoy a cup or cone of up to three festival flavours, regardless of what size they choose.
Throughout the two day event there will be a series of free workshops and tastings that look at the journey of the ingredients in more detail.
Foodies can also get stuck in at ticketed gastronomic events, such as a 6 course Taster Menu pairing gelato with Italian wine at neighbouring Delilah Fine Foods, the UK’s leading deli.
Tickets for this unique menu cost £32 and are available from Delilah on 0116 296 3554.