You know, really exciting things are happening in my home city of Leicester and it’s just wonderful. After the crash the high streets seemed to become the soulless home to chain store after chain store and I found it oh so depressing. I’m so so pleased that I can walk through Leicester now and visit little indy shops, restaurants and cafes – it feels wonderful to support local creatives and entrepreneurs, help boost the local economy and know that I’m contributing to my community. One of my absolute favourite places in Leicester is now St Martins Square, home to lots of lovely independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. Walking through St Martins feels like you’ve stumbled upon a wonderful hidden artist’s area of Milan or Rome and that feeling is heightened when you look into the sparkling interior of Gelato Village a beautiful cafe serving gelato, sorbetto, Italian pastries and much more.
Gelato Village, which opened in St Martin’s, Leicester, in summer 2014, picked up the prize at the Food Awards England 2016.
Fellow fans of gelato, the time is almost here!
Leicester’s first ever gelato festival is taking place this weekend, and it’s set to be a fantastic event.
‘Gelato in the Square’ is the first event of its kind in the UK and will take place from Friday, October 27, to Sunday, October 29.
We are halfway through the international festival of artisan gelato that is Sherbeth. The streets of Palermo are packed with thousands of people enjoying some of the best gelato in the world. 50 Maestri Gelatiere from all over the world have assembled in Sicily to share their unique expressions of flavour. This includes Leicester’s very own fantastic Gelato Village.
The long, narrow streets of Palermo are alive with locals and tourists alike. Their palates are being tantalised by a range of global flavours. Sherbeth is one of the biggest artisan gelato festivals there is, dedicated to traditionally produced, natural gelato. Each morning, the gelatieri from 9 different countries take their shift in the temporary Gelato Laboratory to construct the day’s treats.
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Gelato Village made their bi-annual pilgrimage to one of the biggest celebrations of cheese and dairy in the world this September. Simply entitled Cheese, the festival is run by Slow Food International in Bra, Italy. Bra was the town where the Slow Food movement was born, founded by Carlo Petrini. The goals of the movement are to prevent the disappearance of local food culture and ingredients, fight the rise of fast food and help everyone have access to food that is Good, Clean and Fair.
The theme of Cheese in 2019 was ‘natural is possible’ so there was a focus on natural production methods and raw milk cheese. All of these ideas are linked to ethical and sustainable produce, animal welfare and environmental responsibility.
Gelato Village were invited to present at the Inalpi Freehouse. Inalpi is a Piemontese butter manufacturer who use 100% local milk of the region. We developed two very special gelato to present to the crowds at the festival. The first was an anchovy and butter gelato, which we served on a turmeric and fennel sourdough made by Bisbrooke Artisans in Rutland. This gave the impression of eating the simple Italian snack, anchovy fillet on buttered bread. A unique mix of salty, sweet, rich and creamy, the audience really enjoyed the journey in flavour that we took them on.
Shropshire Prune Damson Gelato
Second, we introduced our Shropshire Prune Damson and butter gelato which had first been showcased at the Ludlow Food Festival, earlier in September. The Shropshire Prune Damson is an ingredient that is recognised by a Slow Food Arc of Taste – a status that is designed to help protect and promote this increasingly scarce local Midlands ingredient. The sharp sweetness of the fruit set against the extra creamy buttery notes made an excellent pairing and were served with a slice of Bisbrooke Artisan’s key product, the Village sourdough loaf. This sourdough bread added an extra note of sourness and a real chew in the crust which helped the serving to balance beautifully.
It was a great experience, developing these new recipes and sharing a taste of some of our local ingredients with our Italian friends and colleagues. Creating a butter themed gelato really tested our creative skills to the limits, but we’re really happy with what we produced!
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TripAdvisor has revealed the UK’s 10 best ice cream parlours… but there is no mention of any creamy Devon goodness!
The top place goes to Di Polas in Hastings but from there the rage grows and, whisper it, Cornwall are in second place with Perranporth’s Perran Dairy Ice Cream Parlour.
Heck, there’s even a mention for Somerset’s PJ’s Ice Cream Parlour and ANOTHER Cornish parlour in Moomaid of Zennor in St Ives.
Gelato Village, of St Martins Square, Leicester, features in YouTube video “Success stories from all continents around the world” – be the next to change your life with Carpigiani Gelato University!.
Mulled wine, apple juice, canapes and mini treats from Gelato Village were also available for skaters to feast on.
Over 1000 guests were surprised and delighted by the Gelato in the Square event at Gelato Village, Leicester this weekend.
The two day event saw ten of the world’s leading gelato chefs converge on Leicester city centre to create an unforgettable palatte of flavours and gelato experiences. From New York, Milan and London these artisan masters came to Leicester. They created fresh gelato at the in-store Laboratory each morning and exclusively used natural, seasonal and high quality produce.
Customers were treated to Memories of a Tortello – inspired by the butter-fried sage used to coat tortelli pasta – and Year after Year which examined the impact that time and patience has on the development of ingredients like Scotch whisky and chocolate.
Over 20 events, many of them free, were held at the St Martin’s Square gelateria and in partner venues around the city, with most of the tastings and workshop being free to participate in. They all examined the festival’s theme; “Gelato, a unique flavour journey”. The wild and wacky programme offered unique gastronomic experiences to all who participated, from a 5 course wine pairing tasting menu at the nationally renowned Delilah Fine Foods to tracing the role and impact of different yeasts in a delicious collaborative tasting by microbusinesses Planet Leicester Bakers and Anstey Ale Brewery.
The event closed with an award ceremony celebrating the achievements of the Maestri Gelatieri. Food writers Jan Egan, Tim Burke and Laura Hadland had the enviable task of judging each of the gelati, sorbetti and granite in terms of their flavour, balance, texture, structure and creativity, while a public vote running throughout the festival determined the people’s champion. The overall winner was Stefano Guizzetti of Ciacco in Milan. His flavour ‘Fiery Blackness’ was deemed to provide the greatest flavour journey – with bitter cocoa melding into spiced rum notes, which in turn gave way to a subtle but distinct fire from Trinidad Scorpion chilli.
The public favoured the unusual and complex gelato on offer the most too, voting Gianfrancesco Cutelli of De ‘Coltelli as their winner. His Green Variations sorbetto was a dairy-free creation which blended high quality Sicilian pistachio with semi-candied capers and oregano for a fusion of tastes including sweet, salty and aromatic.
“We are pleased that Leicester was as excited about this event as we were!” said Gelato Village co-owner Daniele Taverna. “We wanted to help people understand what makes authentic gelato so special and it was our pleasure to be able to bring our colleagues from around the globe to do that.”
The UK’s leading makers of artisan Italian gelato, Gelato Village, will be bringing a pop up cabinet to No 8 Delicatessen in West Bridgford this weekend.
Gelato Village are passionate about producing all natural gelato using the very best seasonal ingredients. For a number of years they have done this with the support of Nottingham’s The Fruit Basket, who supply them with the very best in flavourful, in season British produce as well as delicious fruit from further afield. When combined with other local Midlands ingredients, like fresh unhomogenized milk from Vine Farm Dairy in Great Dalby, Leicestershire, Gelato Village’s gelato has proved irresistible – picking up national and even international awards for its quality year upon year.
Now they are bringing their unique flavours to the Fruit Basket’s sister company, the No 8 Deli. Co-owner of Gelato Village Daniele Taverna said “as Slow Food Supporters, we couldn’t think of anywhere better for us to visit in Nottingham. No 8 have been dedicated to food of the highest quality for over 16 years so we know their customers will value the care we take over our gelato and our showcase of the very best produce The Fruit Basket has to offer.”
Gelato Village’s mobile ‘Gelato on Wheels’ cabinet will be at No 8 Deli from Thursday 25th June to Sunday 28th June. Customers will be able to enjoy up to three delicious flavours in a cup of gelato, regardless of which size they choose. The menu will include British strawberry sorbetto and British raspberry sorbetto – both made with fresh seasonal ingredients and vegan friendly. Customers will also be able to enjoy the traditional Fior di Latte gelato, or ‘Flower of the Milk’ which showcases the flavour of the Vine Farm Dairy milk that is the basis of all Gelato Village’s dairy offerings.