The Festival Gourmet International will be held throughout Puerto Vallarta & Banderas Bay from November 23 – December 2, 2018.
In 1995 Thierry Blouet and Heinz Reize came up with the idea of promoting and rising up the culinary level of this region to competitive international standards, interacting with new methods and creativity of highly qualified Chefs.
The purposes of this great party were to strengthen the gastronomy of Puerto Vallarta as an exemplary showcase and to promote the destination through the excellence of the good table.
The first Gourmet Festival was in 1995 with six hotels and six independent restaurants. The original format remains unchanged: Each participating restaurant invites a celebrity from the culinary scene. In the year 2000 our friend Chef Roland Menetrey joined in and since then, the organization is directed by the three musketeers.
The changes in twenty-three years are seen in growth and expansion to the Riviera Nayarit and Tepic, this year twenty-seven participating hotels and restaurants of the highest category. Nowadays, half a million foodies have been delighted and nearly six hundred celebrity chefs have visited us. We do not doubt that this paradigm continues and the culinary standards become always higher.
Today the region is known as a world-class culinary destination and the number of guest chefs decorated with Michelin stars are more and more every time.
This exchange of good food culture has benefited everyone: From local chefs, master guest chefs, our tourists and therefore a whole society.
The Gourmet Festival has allowed to widen the epicurean reputation of our region and even of Mexico, but the most important and the best: It is the promoter of the great Mexican hospitality and the best experience that gourmet cuisine in the world can have.
Original article, event program and additional information at www.festivalgourmet.com