Introducing Vine Farm Dairy

After four fantastic years of partnership, it is time for Gelato Village to wave a fond farewell to Alan and Jane at Belvoir Ridge Creamery. We wish them every happiness in their retirement and thank them for the amazing rare breed milk and cream that has been the cornerstone of our fresh gelato since we opened back in 2014.

Vine Farm Dairy logo milk at Gelato Village Leicester

Looking forward we’d like to introduce you all to James and Charlotte from Vine Farm Dairy. Their herd of happy Montbéliarde, Jersey and Holstein cows are now supplying our milk. The herd graze the green grass pastures of the farm in Great Dalby, 13 miles away from Gelato Village.

Their creamy whole milk is pasteurised but unhomogenised. This means that it has been gently heat treated to remove any harmful bacteria, but it has not been through the industrial processes of homogenisation, standardisation and separation so it retains all of its flavour and quality.

The milk is free range. The farm try to maximize the time the cows spend outside grazing in the Great Dalby pastures. In the spring and summer the cows have the freedom to roam around both night and day from field to field. Grazing is good for the cows and good for the milk. During the deep winter months the grass almost stops growing and becomes extremely wet,. Then the cows are housed inside and fed them with the grass that has been conserved as silage and straw in the summer months.


Cows at Vine Farm Dairy - their milk supplies Gelato Village in Leicester

Vine Farm Dairy at Gelato Village

Vine Farm Dairy’s milk is now the foundation for all of our dairy-based gelato. Remember, our gelato is made according to our own recipes. We only use fresh, natural ingredients. Everything is made at our in-store Gelato Laboratory. Just look through the windows to see the Lab in action! If you want to taste the difference that the Vine Farm Dairy makes, then pop into Gelato Village and ask for a taste of our Fior di Latte gelato. This is the flower of the milk – which showcases the flavour of this incredible raw ingredient.

Take it a stage further and you can buy Vine Farm Dairy milk from us by the litre. Just grab your bottle from our drinks fridge. Please return the bottles to us for recycling.


Fresh milk from Vine Farm Dairy

Leicester’s Gelato Village enjoys a golden run of award success at home & abroad

It’s been an incredible week for the hardworking team at Gelato Village in Leicester
The artisan gelato makers have been honoured with not one, but three prestigious awards in the space of seven days. Up against stiff competition, they were crowned Best Local Food & Drink Producer at the Leicestershire Promotions 2018 Tourism & Hospitality Awards. At the glittering ceremony at Leicester’s Athena, the Gelato Village team’s commitment to using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients to carefully craft the finest quality authentic Italian gelato was recognised by a panel of esteemed judges.
This was quickly followed up with further honours – a win in the Lux Life Magazine Food & Drink Awards. These awards celebrate the finest establishments offering the most sumptuous food all around the globe.
And finally, at the closing ceremony of the MIG Longarone International Gelato Festival, Gelato Village received another gong. This time, it was the quality of their website and social media offer that was given second place in the Best Gelato on the Web competition. They fought off competitors from 59 countries to reach the podium in this huge international celebration of their industry. The judges were particularly impressed with the quality and quantity of information on the Gelato Village website, which ranks on Google as one of the top gelato resources in the world.
Co-owner of Gelato Village, Daniele Taverna, said:
“It is overwhelming to receive this degree of international attention in just one week. Our small business has celebrated four years of trading in 2018 and we continually strive to make the very best gelato for our customers to enjoy. It isn’t always easy as footfall in Leicester city centre is unpredictable! However, it is fantastic to receive independent confirmation on regional, national and international levels that our gelato really is something special. We’d like to thank everyone who has supported Gelato Village in 2018 for helping us to remain committed to high quality gelato that is Good, Clean and Fair.”

Gelato Village present Richard III at Sigep, Rimini

The Gelato Village team have appeared at the 40th Sigep – the trade show for artisan gelato, pastry and coffee. The festival takes place each year in Rimini, a coastal city in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy.


gelato making at Sigep Rimini
Fun and games in the Sigep Gelato Laboratory


As well as showcasing some of the world’s best products, the festival is a hive of activity for leading professionals across the globe to get together and share good practice. Proceeding our very own Antonio and Daniele on stage was leading gelatieri and past Gelato in the Square participant Paolo Brunelli with Italian Master Chef Alessandro Borghese.

Paolo Brunelli and Alessandro Borghese at Sigep 2019


King Richard III Gelato

Gelato Village’s own Antonio and Daniele were invited to Sigep to present their exclusive Richard III gelato. This recipe was developed to highlight Leicester’s rich history. Like all of Gelato Village’s gelati, it is made using fresh, natural ingredients without artificial preservatives, stabilisers or flavourings. The gelato blends a homemade rose blossom infusion with a fruits of the forest ripple in a nod to the last stand of the White Rose of the House of York at Bosworth during the War of the Roses.

Making Richard III gelato at Sigep


As well as presenting on their creation, the team used the festival Gelato Laboratory to create a batch of the gelato for guests to taste. It is being showcased as one of the flavours of the day alongside an extra virgin olive oil gelato made by fellow Maestro Gelatiere Mirko Tognetti. Mirko is the gelatiere at Cremeria Opera in Lucca. He participated in the Gelato in the Square event at Gelato Village in 2017.


Daniele Taverna, Antonio De Vecchi and Mirko Tognetti at Sigep 2019
Daniele Taverna, Antonio De Vecchi and Mirko Tognetti at Sigep 2019


Compagnia Gelatieri and Project Gelato

Both Gelato Village and Cremeria Opera’s gelatieri are participating as representatives of the Compagnia Gelatieri. This professional organisation is arranged by invitation only and includes the best gelato makers in the world, who are dedicated to the production of authentic Italian gelato using only fresh, natural and high quality ingredients.



These gelato chefs, along with others, have their recipes featured in Progetto Gelato, the new book from Andrea Soban. This publication is also being showcased for the first time at Sigep 2019. The book is aimed at those in the industry wishing to improve their professional practice, or for those who are new to gelato wishing to start up in business. Along with advice on selecting the best ingredients and advanced techniques, there are a range of recipes featured from some of the world’s best gelato makers. Gelato Village are extremely proud to have been invited to contribute to this publication.

Mango season has arrived!

The most eagerly awaited part of the year has arrived at Gelato Village. Mango season is here!

Each year, our most popular recipes are Mango Lassi gelato and Mango sorbetto. Customers ask for them throughout the year. But fresh, high quality mangoes are only available for a short period in the summer. That precious few weeks has arrived for 2019.

As usual, we are bringing a variety of Kesar mango from India and Honey mango from Pakistan in store to craft into fresh gelato. Keep an eye on the board as which mango we are currently using will be detailed on the label. This can change from week to week, even day to day, depending on the supply of mangoes.

Mango Lassi gelato won third place in the international gelato competition at the Gelato Artigianale Festival in Agugliano, Italy in 2016. This is a blend of mango, yoghurt and cardamom. It was inspired by the flavours and likes of our diverse communities here in Leicester. If you prefer a non-dairy based treat, then try the refreshing mango sorbetto. This is water based and so is suitable for those who follow a dairy-free or vegan diet.

But the mango season soon passes, so don’t wait for too long to come and try these popular recipes. Remember, you can always have a free taste of a new flavour when you visit Gelato Village. Come and discover how delicious these beautiful fresh fruits are when made into authentic Italian gelato.

Remember, we are Slow Food Supporters, so we always source our ingredients ethically and sustainably.

Watch swarm of hundreds of bees!

Bees turned us into an Enviro crime scene this week! The insects decided to swarm on the tree outside Gelato Village. They must have heard how good our award winning Bee Happy gelato is. The swarm was quickly and kindly relocated by the Council, but it still made the paper in the interim! It did give us a chance to experiment with a new seating arrangement by the side door though.

They were in more danger located in the city centre. We’re glad it was resolved quickly. It’s good that we have more bees around. But not out the front of the shop! All of nature’s friends are friends of ours. This was a little too close for comfort however. Whatever will happen next. There is definitely never a dull moment here at Gelato Village.

“A swarm of bees caused a bit of a buzz in Leicester’s St Martin’s Square this afternoon.

Hundreds of the insects emerged from a nest in a tree alongside the centre’s entrance at the junction of Cank Street and Hotel Street.”



Have you ever had a close encounter with bees? What is the strangest place you have seen a swarm? It is definitely not something we’ve ever heard of here in the city centre. Perhaps they were lured in by the beautiful planting at nearby Cathedral Gardens?

Leicester’s Gelato Village named the best dessert parlour in the Midlands

Independent Leicester city centre business Gelato Village has scooped the title of best dessert parlour in the entire Midlands.

The St Martin’s Square eatery received the accolade at the 2019 Midlands Food Drink and Hospitality Awards, which were held in Birmingham last night.


Hailing from Turin in Italy, the pair create authentic Italian gelato, with a unique sense of place.

Leicestershire produce used at Gelato Village includes milk from Vine Farm Dairy and honey from The Bee Farmer.

Gelato varieties which give a nod to Leicester’s heritage include Alice Hawkins (lavender and white chocolate) and Richard III (fruits of the forest with homemade rose blossom essence).


Antonio and Daniele are currently in Turin speaking at the Turin Epicurean conference about their commitment to fantastic food, so they sent a deputy to receive the award on their behalf.


They said: “We are over the moon to have picked up such a high profile award. It is great that the judges were impressed by our use of the best quality seasonal and, where possible, local ingredients to make the best Italian gelato.


“We will continue to always make the very best product for the people of Leicester to enjoy and hope award will encourage even more people to visit Gelato Village and to find out all of the great things our fantastic city has to offer.”

Read more on the Leicester Mercury website here.

Cold Brew Coffee now available!

New for summer 2019 we now have cold brew coffee available in store. Just made with water and ground single origin coffee. This is then steeped for more than 20 hours to get the flavour and served from our new counter top tap. As with all of our coffee, we use Caffe Vergnano – a high quality and ethical coffee supplier from Italy.

Enjoy your cold brew coffee as it comes, or add sugar and milk to your taste. Of course our cups are all biodegradable and compostable if you choose to enjoy it to take away. Come and try the latest coffee craze for yourself here at Gelato Village.

Gelato Village bring anchovy gelato to the Italians!

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.

Anchovy Gelato

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!

Gelato Village hits Nottingham

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.

A Statement from Gelato Village

Last night around 7.30pm one of our co-owners, Daniele Taverna, was physically assaulted in an unprovoked attack out the front of our gelateria. He was fortunate to come away from the violent incident only shaken and bruised. This was in no small part due to the timely intervention of our near neighbours from 33 Cank Street and Bodega and we would like to thank those individuals for stepping in to help with no thought for their own personal safety.

Years of underfunding have left Leicester without decent provision for destitute people in our city that can also struggle with drug and alcohol problems. They are not being helped and this is making the city feel increasingly unsafe in the evenings. This has become even more noticeable since lockdown.

Similarly, reductions in funding are limiting the response times of our police. After taking detailed information over the phone, the police first went to the wrong address and when they finally arrived, Daniele’s assailant had managed to flee the scene.

We are disappointed that we are not able to feel safe in our own shop. Gelato only exists to make people happy, and Gelato Village only exists to allow us to bring a little bit of joy into our customers’ lives. But we will not put ourselves and our staff at risk to do that.

Next Steps

Having discussed the incident with our team this morning, we realise that none of us feel safe opening in the evening anymore. There needs to be changes in the city to make the night time economy more welcoming for workers and for customers. There needs to be better infrastructure in place for us to feel safe running our business. Until there is change we will not be able to open Gelato Village past 7pm in the evening.

We know this will be disappointing for customers who enjoy visiting us for gelato late at night, after a comedy show or as a follow up to a dinner date. We know a lot of people like to come to Gelato Village because it opens late but does not serve alcohol. We hope that all of these customers will understand and respect our decision. We will continue to open in the daytime, to offer Click & Collect and delivery services, and we hope that you will all continue to support Gelato Village. We will continue to regularly post updates about our opening hours on here and on our Facebook page.

Thank you,

Antonio & Daniele

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