2019 Festival Gourmet International in PV

The 2019 Festival Gourmet International will be held in Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit and Tepic from November 19th to 24th. This year’s program is set to be the best yet as the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the festival includes more than 30 prestigious chefs from around the world.  Read more below about what to expect on the 25th anniversary of the Festival Gourmet International in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. 


The Beginnings of the Festival Gourmet International

In 1995, local chefs Thierry Blouet and Heinz Reize joined together to create the Festival Gourmet to promote local restaurants and invite internationally recognized chefs to participate. At that time, the first Festival Gourmet International consisted of just six local hotels and six restaurants. Over the course of the next 25 years, the Festival Gourmet International has propelled the culinary scene in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit to reach high international standards.  At this year’s 2019 Festival Gourmet International, over 30 hotels and restaurants are participating. More than half a million people have attended the Festival Gourmet International events over the years, and more than six hundred celebrity chefs have participated as well. In fact, the Festival Gourmet International is responsible for significantly contributing to the Banderas Bay area’s well respected culinary scene.


2019 Festival Gourmet International Kicks Off on Nov. 19th

This year’s Festival Gourmet International will be held from Tuesday, Nov. 19th through Sunday, Nov. 24th. The first event is called “Grand Gourmet Village,” and will take place at 8 pm at Vidanta’s Convention Center. All of the festival’s participating chefs and hosts will attend. Another of the most popular events will be held the next day at Cafe des Artistes in downtown Puerto Vallarta on Nov. 20th. There, Chefs Thierry Blouet, Heinz Reize, and Roland Menetrey will come together and share some of their favorite recipes from their combined 150 years of experience and passion for the culinary arts. In addition, guests will be able to taste some great wines and tequilas presented by professional Sommeliers. This is a perfect opportunity for guests to enjoy incredible cooking and wine in an upscale ambiance. Additional special activities at this year’s 2019 Festival Gourmet International include a tribute to wine and cheese, live jazz music, and even an exciting Polo Tournament. 


Which Local Restaurants Are Participating?

This year, top local restaurants in Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit and Tepic are thrilled to take part in the 25th Anniversary of the Festival Gourmet International. 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. These restaurants have prepared exclusive menus for the festival. Not sure where to start? Head to La Casona in the upscale Villa La Estancia in Riviera Nayarit. At La Casona, the special menu will feature Mediterranean cuisine prepared by local Chef Leonardo Castro.  Castro has over 25 years in the culinary industry and his specialty is a fusion of French, Italian, Thai, Asian, Mediterranean and Mexican cuisine. Best known for having a tantalizing selection of fine choices of meat such as Kobe and New York cuts, La Casona at Villa La Estancia Riviera Nayarit is a great place to enjoy a nice meal with friends and family during this year’s event. In the market for coastal real estate? If so, Villa La Estancia has beachfront residences for sale that would make a dream vacation home in Banderas Bay. For more information, ask the front desk how you can schedule a property tour to see for yourself what a luxury beachfront residence in Riviera Nayarit is like.


Don’t miss this year’s 2019 Festival Gourmet International in Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit & Tepic. Get ready to learn some new recipes, socialize with world-class chefs and taste some incredible food. Are you searching for a second home in Mexico? Consider Villa La Estancia in Riviera Nayarit. Villa La Estancia offers spacious and elegantly designed beachfront residences with the best location in town that is still available for purchase. There are full and fractional ownership options available so your vacation home in Mexico could be closer than you think. In the meantime, don’t miss this year’s Festival Gourmet International. Visit https://www.festivalgourmet.com/ to purchase tickets and for more information.

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