Gourmet Festival in Puerto Vallarta
There are Food Festivals around the world in all major cities that tempt travelers and locals. Then there’s the Gourmet Festival in Puerto Vallarta, often attended annually by folks who come back year after year. It is a glamorous week of dining with an unrivaled opening ceremony that will take place this year at the beautiful convention center of Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta, an experience in itself. Enticing chef presentations will be surrounded by food, drinks, and charming, traditional music. This being the 25th Anniversary of the Puerto Vallarta Gourmet Festival, we expect to see some splendid culinary displays. Supported by local restaurants, small businesses, and corporate sponsors in Puerto Vallarta, this experience can be as lavish or simple as the food aficionado chooses for their individual palate.
Guest chefs will be showing off their talents throughout the city in various restaurants, where diners can expect fresh offerings from the creative minds or some of the finest gourmet palates from around the globe. Beginning at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, November 20th, participants in the festival will serve delightful surprises to those seeking to be pampered by the art of cooking. A Great Day with Big Chefs takes place on this day with the Three Musketeers of Puerto Vallarta Gourmet; Thierry Blouet, Heinz Reize and Roland Menetrey sharing a stove top, with the usual shenanigans and laughs. It’s a bargain at $1,700 pesos.
Starting at 11:00 am on Friday, November 20th, the Gourmet Festival Puerto Vallarta will present a Culinary Forum, which is a must for those interested in learning the art of gastronomy. Professional chefs, some who have traveled from afar, will share their experiences and ideas.
Several restaurants will be presenting Theme Nights, not to be missed. Café de Artistes leads off on Thursday, November 21st, with Azafrán, Kaiser Maximilian, Trio, Stars Gourmet Grill, and other establishments joining in this entertaining format.
We suggest going on a restaurant Safari Gourmet, visiting four locations, one following the other in a progressive dinner, which will include beverages for the price of $2,850 pesos, which is a steal, in our humble opinion.
The Festival will begin to close on November 23rd with Xocodiva’s Cult to Chocolate, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. With a price tag of $1,050, we wouldn’t dare to miss this affair, which will embrace the love of chocolate, with a host of tastes all across the flavor spectrum. The Grand Finale will take place at Flamingos Mozzamare Beach Club in Nuevo Vallarta, with a stylish, luxurious reception. The theme for the evening is seafood, fresh from the ocean to your table.
Reservations are required for most of these events and tickets are mandatory for scheduled events. For more information and a link to buy tickets for individual events, see www.festivalgourmet.com.