History

The Story So Far

Bellingen Gelato is a family affair – run by Robert and Danny Sebes. It all started in the late 1980s while Robert was running Badde Manors Café in Glebe in Sydney. He purchased an old Italian Carpigiani batch freezer and began experimenting with making gelato (it seemed like a natural extension of his love of Italian coffee and old Italian coffee machines).

The results were at first encouraging and then spectacular and so, many years and many tons of gelato later, he opened the Bellingen Gelato Bar in 2006, which has since become an essential and happy part of the Bellingen community. The Bellingen Gelato Bar is managed by long-time Badde Manors gelato maker, Bruce Smith, who moved from Sydney to Bellingen to take up his new role.

In 2012, Bellingen Gelato won the Grand Champion prize at the Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show, for its stewed plum sorbet. The winning flavour had been manufactured by Robert’s son Danny.

This success convinced Danny to dive in. In January 2014, he joined Robert in opening Bellingen Gelato in Rozelle, in Sydney. The new shop is a joint venture and so the baton is passed from father to son….