London Gelato Festival

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3 out of 5 stars
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London Gelato Festival

Time Out says

Get the scoop on the best icy treats Italy has to offer at this weekend of eating in Canopy Market. Gelatieri (ice cream pros) from all over Italy will be serving up their best and most exciting flavours. A £15 ticket (£10 for children) gives you access to sample all the flavours, as well as gelato masterclasses and themed activities during the day. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!


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Had a great time here in the past. Great atmosphere, great food, really enjoyed it and will deffo go again.

Have had a great time at this festival for the past couple of years - lots of lovely gelato and turnout is always great -it's a good family day out. Will definitely be back this year.

Happy to see this is back, went last time and got loads of delicious flavours, and did a couple of masterclasses which the kids loved. 

How to take all the joy out of eating ice cream? 1.  Make it 'ticket only' i.e. impossible to buy an ice cream.  2.  Have signs saying 'you absolutely cannot share a ticket!'  3. Make a family ticket £70.  Yes, £70.  Obviously we spent £0 and went for ice cream somewhere else.  The most idiotic, self-important, unfriendly so-called 'festival' imaginable.

I ate about 20 tastes of proper Gelato, it was a competition between 16 makers (not 8 as someone wrote before), some were very good and other just nice. Interesting workshop and very nice staff, I asked about all the equipment and they were very happy to show and explain everything. Obviously if you want to get the best you have to try everything! its not expensive if you try all of them without following the workshop you can get 18 shots!

It could be way better but it wasn't that bad as other people described it. I had 3 gelato + coffee for £12. The taste was good and I liked the vibe around the area.

Not the best ice cream (some of the 8 tastes were really not good) and certainly not a festival. If you are in the area then you can try but do not bother to come specially for this.


When I heard that a Gelato festival was coming to London I thought amazing, brilliant cannot wait for a chance to sample lots of delicious creamy authentic italian gelato, hurrah!. However it turned out that the festival is actually just a few stands with around 8 options, what kind of festival is that?! If you were to get a gelato card about £18 each from the website, I was under the impression you get the choice from over 100 different flavours, huh maybe if you visited everyday during the 10 days it was running. In reality, you would only get try 8 different flavours on the day you visit.

There were some nice chocolately samples, I enjoyed the coffee and fig and one that tasted a lot like nutella but it was a bit of a disappointment overall. All the flavours when we went were really samey and without putting a downer on everything, nothing really stood out for me. Where were the fruity flavours? I only assumed that the flavours changed everyday perhaps and maybe it was luck of the draw what you would get. The area was really crowded (expect a few queues) in a little part of Spitalfields market that there was actually little space for you to actually sit or stand and enjoy your gelato without impinging on the edge of some poor persons market store. There is a small area where you can see the gelato being made in a machine and even get a taste if you can. In fact I think you may have got more choice from the ice cream van or Patisserie Valerie outside. Good concept but not enough choice and far too small, definitely something that could be easily improved on if it was to return. 

What a deceitful propaganda! My expectations dropped so sadly!!! I love Ice cream and wanted to have a great day at an event with variety and good vibes. It is just one stand lacking in variety and good taste judging by the faces of people trying it! And it is not all you can eat as they make it seem. The prices are unreasonable! I am leaving here after wasting money on the tube and precious vacation time! Off to Amorino!

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