Gelato Festival America is ready to be scooped up by the hearts of Chicago’s Little Italy, for Little Italy Festa on Taylor Street! With deep Italian roots and a love for Italian food and culture, Taylor Street is the ideal location for the Gelato Festival. It possesses the finest interpretations of Italian cuisine in Chicago, as well as an array of cafes, restaurants, and shops. The Gelato Festival has worked hard to share the delight of Italy’s famous frozen Italian dessert with the world for ten years and will proudly visit the city of Chicago for the first time as part of Little Italy Festa on Taylor Street, Saturday, August 17th and Sunday, August 18th.

Chicago’s Little Italy Festa is a celebration of the generations of Italians who made their home on Taylor Street starting in the late 1800s. With delicious food and fun family entertainment, Little Italy Festa cannot be beat! The producer of the event, Ron Onesti states, “The addition of the International Gelato Festival to our annual Italian Festival will bring the tradition of Chicago’s Little Italy Festa to another level! The merging of these two events will create an Italian food extravaganza! I am excited to not only elevate this celebration of Italian heritage and culture, but also to provide the stage for one of the most popular symbols of Italian culture, artisanal gelato. Gelato Festival America is a fantastic addition to Little Italy Festa because of the unparalleled variety of gelato to taste in one place and Gelato Festival’s mission to spread the message of this Italian treasure.”

The Gelato Festival is considered the most prestigious event in the world dedicated to gelato – all’italiana. Organized in collaboration with Carpigiani and Sigep – Italian Exhibition Group, the Gelato Festival spreads knowledge and enjoyment of real Italian artisanal gelato through a contest in which gelato artisans and chefs compete with original gelato flavors for the gold medal by Florentine goldsmith Paolo Penko. Following the Chicago stage, Gelato Festival America will hold events in Washington, D.C. and West Hollywood, C.A. along the 2019 tour. Air Italy travels with Gelato Festival as the Global Partner.

Gabriele Poli, Founder & President of Gelato Festival explains, “It is a proven fact that Americans really do love gelato! This year, it is so exciting to be a part of Chicago’s Little Italy Festa, which celebrates all things Italian. It provides an ideal opportunity for us to further our mission of spreading the joy of gelato to not only just Americans, but Italian Americans looking to connect with their cultural roots. We look forward to introducing the city of Chicago to the concept of all-the-gelato-you-can-eat at Little Italy Festa.”

A wristband entitles you to all the gelato you can eat while participating in all the Festival activities, as
well as allowing you to cast a vote for your favorite gelato flavor and the chef who created it. The winner
will continue the journey towards the Gelato Festival World Masters in Italy. Stock up on these rare
gelatos in special cups from Gelato Festival Technical Sponsor Stanpac, made specially for the unique
history and people of Chicago, and stay cool all summer long.

Gelato Festival America 2019 visits five cities:

(NEXT UP!) August 17-18 in Chicago* Tickets
Taylor St
1336 West Taylor St | Chicago, IL 60607

September 7-8 in Washington D.C. Tickets
City Market at O
800 P Street Northwest | Washington, DC 20001

September 28-29 in West Hollywood* Tickets
Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Avenue | West Hollywood, CA 90069

(COMPLETED) March 16-17 in Miami*
Brickell City Centre
700 Brickell Avenue (between 7th & 8th Street) | Miami, FL 33131

(COMPLETED) June 1-2 in Boston*
Boylston Plaza
800 Boylston St | Boston, MA 02199
*new locations