There is a lot more to Nivarata than just granita. Art & craft exhibitions, street markets, classic car and motorcycle rallies, folk dance and bands as well as stalls selling everything from hot food to English sparkling wine. And the Festival got off to a hot start in more ways than one when 40 bikini clad contestants in a model competition arrived to pose for photos and try the granita. Gelato makers from across Italy and one from the UK gather for Nivarata, the festival of artisan made granita, to find the Granita dell'Anno - Granita of the year. Held in the newly built Angolo di Paradiso cultural centre in Villa Belvedere Gardens, and around the town of Acireale in Sicily, visitors to the festival experience the food, architecture, history and culture of Sicily through events ranging from granita tasting to a classic car & motor cycle rally. Guest Gelato maker Seb Cole from Brighton UK's Boho Gelato was there as part of the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival's International Chef Exchange. His exchange partner, gelato maker Nicola Scaccianoce, will visit Brighton in return at the BHFDF in September.
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