Utrecht makes the best Ice Cream

Ice cream! Don’t you just love it.

Am I alone in waiting for sunny days ahead when I can enjoy sampling the marvels of my local gelato store?

In Italy we saw a celebration of ice cream making and wonder of wonders a Utrechter won the most prestigious prize up for grabs.

The 49th Golden Cup was awarded to Roberto Coletti from Utrecht at the the 59th MIG, the International Exhibition of Artisan Ice-Cream, against rivals from about fifty foreign countries as well as Italian based gelatiers.

The MIG is the leading event dedicated exclusively to the sector of machines, equipment, semi-finished products, raw materials, furnishings and accessories for ice-cream shops.

During the day the Uniteis assembly took place, which attracted hundreds of artisan ice-cream makers.

The president Dario awarded the Uniteis 2018 prize to Donata Panciera, for its commitment to the world of Artisan Gelato.

The award ceremony for the various competitions was well attended.

Interestingly enough in the award for the best web sites, “Ice cream web 2018” competition, reserved for the best internet sites and Facebook pages of the ice cream shops, second place went to Laura Hadland of Gelato Village in my home city of Leicester. Their ice cream is wonderful by the way!

Following the proclamation of “Tiramisù”, as the “Taste of Europe” and the awarding of  “Carlo Pozzi” ice cream competition, we saw the most prestigious prize, at the MIG ceremony with the 49th  edition of the Coppa d’Oro, the world’s Oscar for artisanal gelato, this year based on the Vanilla Cream flavour and Utrechts Roberto Coletti won first place for the “Roberto Gelato” ice cream parlour on Poortstraat in Utrecht.

A success decided by the international jury after a final six-stage decision making phase, coordinated by the heads of the Association of Italian Academic Gelato Artisans, which saw him beating two Italian makers in second and third place.

When it reopens early next year, get along to taste the world beating vanilla gelato!

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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