Victoria business owner Stefano Mosi will be competing at the annual Gelato Festival America at the West Hollywood’s Pacific Design Center in hopes of taking home the gold.
“I am thrilled to be accepted into this prestigious event and am looking forward to testing our gelato against the best in North America,” said Mosi. “I am especially excited to be showing off some of the local flavours of Victoria.”
On Saturday, September 28th, Mosi will be battling against 10 other frozen dessert specialists from all over North America, in hopes of winning the gold medal and the opportunity to compete in Italy’s Gelato Festival World World Masters 2021.
Mosi’s competing flavour will be a little taste of home, as he will be using Victoria-based Silk Road Tea in his signature sorbetto.
The competing sorbetto named Seamist is made with fresh mint leaves, lime, and Silk Road Tea which blends lemongrass, peppermint, and restorative seaweed.
This naturally vegan and gluten-free sorbetto is available to try over the next week at both of Mosi’s locally owned stores, Mosi Gelato and Mosi Bakery.
Generations of gelato
Gelato has been part of the Mosi family for generations, as his father and grandfather both crafted gelato in their pasticceria (or patisserie) in Torino, Italy since 1925.
Mosi has continued this tradition and added to the family recipe by using local produce from the Saanich Peninsula to make meticulously crafted frozen desserts that are a delicate blend of local and international flavours.
His gelato also features dairy-free and vegan options by using oat milk, maple syrup, and tara root.
The Gelato Festival is the top global event when it comes to the Italian dessert, and celebrates the best artisans around the world.
Mosi will be the only Canadian gelato artisan competing at the Gelato Festival in West Hollywood this year.
“Carrying on the gelato family tradition, and bringing this to the Gelato Festival, is something I have always dreamed of doing,” he explained.
“To return to my home country for the World Championships in 2021 would be incredible!”.
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