The Stampede Gelato story starts with Adam Semple. A jack-of-all-trades, Adam studied Economics and Literature at university before working as a professional cyclist, a real estate agent, a photographer and a freelance writer. In the cycling years, Adam lived in Italy for a while, and it was there that his love affair with gelato began.
Why gelato, I asked? “The texture I think,” says Adam. “The creamy delicious texture. It allows such a unique delivery of flavours. Also the milk and the sugar and the salt and the butter, it’s an unbeatable combination.”
While injured one cycling season, Adam moved to the US to help his cycling team open a new LA office. “I discovered that the North West USA has an eclectic ice cream culture, where they embrace savoury and sweet combinations.” This further inspired Adam to get into the industry, so upon his return to Perth Adam bought a domestic machine and started selling to his friends. “It all grew from that little machine from Harvey Norman.”
It wasn’t long before Adam launched a pop-up store inside The Mantle in Fremantle, found at 1/1 James St Freo and open Thursday to Sunday 6-10pm. More recently, Adam stumbled across an ex-military truck for sale online, which has become the Stampede Gelato ice cream van. “It has been such a treat!” he exclaims. And in 2017 the business will take another step forward, opening up a wholesale division selling 500ml tubs and ice cream sandwiches to supermarkets. “It’s so exciting to be able to sell our wacky flavours to the public for home consumption,” he says.
So what makes Stampede Gelato so good? Adam credits the quality of his ingredients first – all batches are made by hand using only the highest quality ingredients. And of course, Stampede’s flavour innovations play a huge part. Flavours such as Salted Fennel, Rum & White Chocolate Rice Pudding, Redskin Vodka, Popcorn & Chocolate Covered Corn Chips and Whiskey Lavender keep people coming back for more. There are even vegan options made with coconut milk – a Vegan Salted Caramel and a Vegan Mountain Dew Oreo.
Adam will be rolling the truck into Perth for this year’s Food Truck Rumble on 26 March. He promises “banana splits combined with amazing flavours and thousands of toppings.” Sounds good to me!