Last year's festival saw 50 gelato makers compete with the creation of flavors such as Tropical Blast, Spicy Green Paradise, Sicily Orange Sunrise, and Fresh Love.

Are you ready to take your licks?

The second Gelato Festival America is kicks off at Liberty State Park in Jersey City on Saturday, Aug. 11 and runs through Sunday.

The festival’s goal, of course, is to spread awareness of real Italian artisanal gelato and it does that through a contest in which gelato artisans and chefs compete by making original flavors they’ve created for the event.

Last year’s festival saw 50 gelato makers compete with the creation of flavors such as Tropical Blast, Spicy Green Paradise, Sicily Orange Sunrise, and Fresh Love.

A total of 13,500 pounds of gelato was produced.

Guests can get a scoop of each of the new flavors created by the competing chefs as well as the sponsored flavors and flavors from Carpigiani’s Gelato University.

You will be able to vote for your favorite competing new flavor. Your vote will go into a pool that will comprise about 50 percent of the winning choice, while the rest of the decision is in the hands of the jury.

Winners will be based on presentation, flavor, and structure. Strategic partners for the festival Carpigiani and Sigep-Italian Exhibition Group.

Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors (65 plus), $25 for kids (3 to 12 years old), and free for children under two years old. Tickets can be bought online at a discounted price: $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and kids. ID’s must be shown at the gate.

Tickets will also give guests access to special events during the festival such as the Gelato School, where award-winning gelato experts will share what it takes to be a gelato chef.

You can also participate in a gelato eating contest, where five contestants will have to eat five cups of gelato in the fastest time. The winner will receive a gallon of gelato.

The Kid’s Jury will give children the opportunity to ask the chefs questions and vote for their favorite flavor.

Liberty State Park is located at 200 Morris Pesin Drive, Jersey City. The festival will continue in seven other cities across the nation from August to October.

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