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25th Anniversary of the Festival Gourmet International

It’s yet again time for the annual Festival Gourmet International from November 19th to 24th, 2019. With exciting events in Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit and Tepic, this year’s program is set to be the best yet. This year, the 25th anniversary of the festival will include more than 30 prestigious chefs from around the world are participating in the 2019 Festival Gourmet International. Read more about what to expect on the 25th anniversary of the Festival Gourmet International in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. 


The History of the Festival Gourmet International  

The first event started way back in 1995 when local chefs Thierry Blouet and Heinz Reize joined together to create the Festival Gourmet to promote local restaurants by inviting internationally recognized chefs to Banderas Bay. The first Festival Gourmet International consisted of just six local hotels and six restaurants in the Puerto Vallarta area. During the 25 years, the Festival Gourmet International has uplifted the culinary scene in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit to competitive international standards.  This year, there are over 30 hotels and restaurants participating in this 25th Anniversary of the Festival Gourmet International. Since its inception in 1995, more than half a million people have attended the Festival Gourmet International, and more than six hundred celebrity chefs have participated, too. The Festival Gourmet International has played a huge role in magnifying the culinary scene in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit to a world-class level.  


2019 Festival Gourmet International Program  

This year’s Festival Gourmet International kicks off on Tuesday, Nov. 19th and runs through to Sunday, Nov. 24th. The inaugural event “Grand Gourmet Village” at 8 pm at Vidanta’s Convention Center will include all participating chefs and hosts of this year’s event. Another not to miss event is held the following day at the famed Cafe des Artistes in downtown Puerto Vallarta on Nov. 20th where Chefs Thierry Blouet, Heinz Reize, and Roland Menetrey will come together to share their combined 150 years of experience and passion for the culinary arts. They will share with Festival Gourmet International attendees some of their favorite recipes from their long careers. Also, guests will be able to taste some of the best wines and tequilas presented by professional Sommeliers. This is a great opportunity for guests to enjoy incredible cooking along with the best wines.  Additional special activities include a tribute to wine and cheese, live jazz music, and even an exciting Polo Tournament. 


Local Participating Restaurants Include:

The premiere restaurants in Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit and Tepic are taking part in the 25th Anniversary of the Festival Gourmet International. Local participating restaurants include Azafran, Barrio Bistro, Cafe des Artistes, Coco Tropical, El Dorado, Emiliano, Hector’s Kitchen, Icu, Kaiser Maximilian, La Terraza Di Roma, La Palapa, Le Kliff, Loma 42, River Cafe, Stars, Trio, Tuna Blanca, Xoklo, Andrea, Azur, Bordeaux, Divum, Eugenia, Las Casitas, La Casona, La Corona, Lucca, Mozzamare, and Tukipa. There are lots of great new restaurants participating in this year’s Festival Gourmet International. Local participating restaurants will offer special menus and prices during the festival so make sure to try as many as you can.  At La Casona, which is located in the upscale Villa La Estancia in Riviera Nayarit, the special menu will feature Mediterranean cuisine prepared by local Chef Leonardo Castro. Castro has over 25 years in the culinary industry and specializes in international-level techniques that blend French, Italian, Thai, Asian, Mediterranean and Mexican flavors. La Casona at Villa La Estancia Riviera Nayarit is best known for having a tantalizing selection of fine choices of meat such as Kobe and New York cuts. Villa La Estancia also has beachfront residences for sale if you are looking for a vacation home in Banderas Bay. Want more information? Ask how you can schedule a property tour to see what luxury living in Riviera Nayarit could be like. 


Make sure you don’t miss this year’s 2019 Festival Gourmet International in Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit & Tepic. Not sure where to go first? Check out La Casona restaurant at Villa La Estancia in Riviera Nayarit. Don’t forget to ask the front desk for information on beachfront residences that are available for sale. Your dream home in paradise could be waiting for you. In the meantime, head to the Festival Gourmet International. Foodies will love socializing with world-class chefs and tasting some of their incredible creations first hand. Visit https://www.festivalgourmet.com/ to purchase tickets and more information. 

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