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Gelato In July Festival

Islington Wharf goes crazy for ice cream on 9 July

Published on June 27th 2011.

Gelato In July Festival

An entire festival devoted to that most scrumptious of summer treats. At Islington Wharf in Ancoats on Saturday 9 July, they'll be hosting their second annual ice cream festival – Gelato in July.

Ancoats was once the centre of Manchester's Italian ice cream community (according to some, the ice cream cornet was even invented there.) At the festival, ISIS Waterside Regeneration, developers of Islington Wharf, are teaming up with Edge Street Events and Anita Morris Associates to recreate 'Little Italy' for one day. There'll be a variety of Italian food stalls, ice cream vans, traditional Italian music and a historical slide show and talk on the Italian heritage of the area.

Several ice cream vans will be at the wharf – each offering their own cool cones including traditional soft ice cream made by one of Manchester’s original ice cream families, the Reas.

Tony Rea, a local historian who grew up in Ancoats, said, “Since the mid nineteenth century, Manchester has had strong Italian connections. For nearly a century we made Ancoats into a ‘Little Italy’, pioneering the modern day British ice cream industry, making and selling ice cream, establishing businesses, importing food stuffs from Italy and making the area home.

Untitled-3But by the mid twentieth century the area was in disrepair. Most of the original community had moved on and because of the decline in manufacturing at the time, industrial areas such as Ancoats were abandoned.

Islington Wharf is bringing new life into the area and it’s wonderful that we can celebrate the past and play a small part in its future through this delicious festival.”

Also on hand for ice cream enthusiasts will be a lovingly restored classic Bedford CF van from Sunset Ices of Morecambe, and Manchester’s own ice cream van for a more sophisticated palate – Ginger's Comfort Emporium. Ginger brings the treats bang up-to-date with innovative and tasty flavours such as the Sicilian-inspired Lemon, Limoncello and Treacle Tart or the refreshingly comforting Summer Fruit Crumble.

Although the ice cream is the star of the day, the festival is also good opportunity to take a tour of the homes available to buy at Islington Wharf. Mortgage payments here are cheaper than renting and there's a low deposit scheme for first time buyers or people returning to the property market. Find out more about homes at Islington Wharf.

Hollie Reynolds, senior sales and marketing manager at ISIS said, “The Gelato in July Festival is a fun way for us to remind ourselves about the heritage of Ancoats. This second event will be bigger and better than our debut festival last year. I hope everyone can join us to sample the best ice cream on offer at our award-winning development, praised for its attractive public areas which are helping to bring back the waterfront to colourful life.”

Gelato in July Festival, 9 July 2011, 12 – 4pm, Islington Wharf, Great Ancoats Street, Manchester. Free. For up to date details on the day’s events please visit www.islingtonwharf.co.uk or follow the festival on twitter @gelatoinjuly 

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