My Dearest Readers in Melbourne! We’re in for a treat this weekend :D Can see you the huge grin on my face! The Gelato World Tour is coming to Melbourne on the 25th October to 27th October in Argyle Place South Carlton. It’s going to be the place where the top artisan Gelato markers across Australia will exhibit their gelato and be judged, the top three finalist will then enter another round of competition in Italy :)
I was invited to attend the Gelato World Tour Press conference last week, the presentation was held at the Melbourne Town Hall. We got to meet some of the judges of this event. This includes Guy Grossi acclaimed Italian chef, Ottorino Pace who has been making gelato for over 50 years and Marco Maria Cerbo the Italian Consul General in Australia.
It was very interesting to learn more about the history of gelato, the making of and some interesting facts. Did you know that artisan gelato will only last for 3 days? While ice-cream will last for months. And Carpigiani the company own and run a Gelato University in Italy that run courses and every year 60,000 people graduate there! That’s a lot more people than I expected!
The press conference was then followed up by a brunch at Guy Grossi’s Merchant Osteria restaurant at the Intercontinental Hotel. The brunch was more like a full Italian banquet with so much food, starting with an antipasti, freshly baked bread and olive oil. Next was a delicious plate of porcini mushroom risotto, it was cooked perfectly al dente and not at all gluggy. Quite impressed because I find it quite hard to cook large batches of risotto.
We then shared a braised salt cod and slow cooked lamb dish, even though I don’t eat lamb, I was able to eat this dish and quite enjoyed it as it didn’t taste gamey at all. It was also served with some polenta (my fav) and roasted peppers. I really enjoyed all the dishes and definitely want to go back with Mr Bao.
After all that food, it was definitely time for some GELATO! We got to try Guy Grossi’s strawberry and cream gelato. The strawberry flavour was so intense, texture was smooth and balanced out quite nicely with the vanilla cream gelato. Now I’m absolutely ready for the Gelato World Tour :D
Anyhow, thought it’ll be a good idea to give you guys some more details:
Gelato World Tour
Date/Time: Friday (12.30pm – 9.30pm), Saturday (11.00am – 9.30pm) and Sunday (11.00am – 7pm)7th October (Friday-Sunday)
Address: Argyle Square (The park off Lygon St)
Gelato: $10 for 2 cup and 3 mini cones
For more information please visit their website :)
I’m already planning to go twice and try all the pistachio gelatos they have as that’s one of my favourite flavours! I also want to attend the Gelato Messina Black Forest gelato cake!
Daisy@Nevertoosweet attended the Gelato World Tour Press Conference and brunch at Merchant as guests of Carpigiani