Gelato Festival America Sweetens the Tucson Food Scene

For a weekend, chefs from around the world compete to show off their best gelato in town.

27oct(oct 27)12:00 pm28(oct 28)7:00 pmGelato Festival Americatastings, classes & more12:00 pm - 7:00 pm (28) AZ La Encantada

After eight European tours, the festival — which is dedicated to artisanal Italian gelato — travels back to Tucson.

Gelato Festival America is making its final stop in the U.S. and setting up shop at La Encantada from noon – 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28.

The festival gives everyone the opportunity to learn the secrets of high-quality gelato, watch production techniques, taste all of the competing flavors, and then vote for the gelato that strikes your fancy.

There is also going to be a “Gelato School” with cooking demonstrations and activities for both adults and kids.

Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors (over 65) and veterans, $15 for kids 12 years and younger, and free entry for anyone younger than 2. Plus, each ticket is eligible for $5 off if purchased before October 27.

It’s also important you vote before leaving the event. This competition lasts a grand total of three years, and gelato chefs from all over the world are competing to participate in the 2021 grand finals in Italy.

Only the best 36 chefs out of 5,000 will be able to battle for the title of “Gelato Festival World Master.” No pressure, right?

La Encantada Shopping Center is located at 2905 E. Skyline Dr. For more information and to purchase your tickets, visit

At a very young age, Matt was gifted with the artistic ability to masterfully roll a burrito to the highest of standards.