Whoever said that there was something to do in Austin every weekend was 100% right. A friend of mine, esteemed fellow foodie, and I went to the Gelato World Tour today in Downtown. As I got out of church, I remember thinking – oh my, this is a perfect day…for gelato. I’ll let the event description speak for itself:
Sixteen of the best gelato artisans chefs from the United States will compete to create the world’s best gelato flavour. Catch all the action live while each chef will produce a unique flavor right infront of your eyes. Get a chance to taste and vote for your favourite flavour.
This event is brought to you by Carpigiani Gelato University, Sigep. Gelato World Tour is open to the public, with free entry. You can participate in free gelato demonstrations to learn about the culture of gelato, the difference between gelato and ice cream, and meet the best gelato artisans from the United States!
While entry was free, one had to buy ticket stubs to try the gelato. $10 for 5 stubs – including 2 cups and 3 mini cones. Between the two of us, we could share 10 different flavors (hence the clever title). We grabbed our tickets and made our way around to the different stands!
STOP 1: Banana Foster. Tasted like…fried bananas. Exactly what the name and description said: bananas, butter, and brown sugar. Nothing more, nothing less.
STOP 2: Sweet G’s Candied Bacon Gelato. This name took us for a surprise, but we were super excited to say we even tried it! The dude was quite interesting, asked if he could ‘baconize’ us, hm… AWARD FOR MOST ORIGINAL. This tasted like a chai latte for some reason, with the perfect amount of cinnamon and nutmeg. I hate bacon, but I really loved this!
STOP 3: Turtle. Can I just say…so…rich…in…chocolate? The cute little turtle chocolate and the giant pecan chunks were nice, but other than that, nothing too turtle-y about this.
STOP 4: The Great Beauty. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE avocado – I grew up eating it, and I love pairing it with my salads and fish. But this was NOT avocado. It was like, a key lime pie. I took a baby bite of it and immediately handed it over to my friend to finish. Too much basil, too little avocado 😦 #sad
STOP 5: Original Cookie. OKAY, this wasn’t in the ‘competition’ but it was freaking delicious. Tasted a little more like ice cream, though. Worth it!
STOP 6: Pistachio. no words. AWARD FOR BEST TASTE. Every bit of flavor and pistachio cream oozed onto our taste buds from this gelato. Totally wished we got a cup of it looking back – but definitely the best thing I’ve tasted all day. Thankfully, it’s at Cafe Dolce in Houston – holla for summer 2014 treats!
STOP 7: Carmastachio. Exactly what it sounds like – caramel + pistachio. We were hoping it wouldn’t be a disappointment after the previous delicious pistachio one…but it was not! Twas delicious to say the least.
STOP 8: Texas Kulfi. How do I even begin to describe this…mouthful of ginger?! It wasn’t bad, I just don’t like a mouthful of ginger (or the cardamom spice) + I’m not particularly a fan of whiskey to begin with. Other than my personal dispreferences, this was a fun taste!
STOP 9: Chocolate Beer with Caramel Crunch. Since this was located right next to the whiskey one, I was hoping it wouldn’t be the same effects, but thankfully, not disappointed! It was an interesting chocolate -> pecan -> beer aftertaste.
STOP 10: Salted Pecan. I usually love salted + anything sweet, but maybe I had too high expectations? I didn’t like it, but I liked it, but didn’t why I liked it? That’s usually a problem in other areas of my life, but not gelato. Nevertheless, interesting combination.
A little breeze + 90 degree weather + Austin downtown made it a perfect day for a gelato run! Definitely worth doing, if you’re gonna be around the other parts of the world for the other stops 😀