Puerto Vallarta hosts the 25th International Gourmet Festival from Nov. 19-24, 2019 in Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit and Tepic. The culinary festival is one of the most important of its type in Mexico and generates over $600,000 in restaurant and event participation.
“The International Gourmet Festival makes Puerto Vallarta a benchmark in world cuisine,” said Javier Aranda Pedrero, director of the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board. “It brings attention to our excellent restaurants, many of them with spectacular views of the Bay of Banderas and its beautiful beaches — an ideal setting for patrons to enjoy delicious gastronomic offerings while enjoying the most beautiful sunsets of the Mexican Pacific.”
Some of the host restaurants of the Gourmet International Festival include Azafrán Restaurante Bar, Barrio Bistro, Café Des Artistes, Coco Tropical, El Dorado, Emiliano, Hector’s Kitchen, Icú, Maximilian Kaiser, La Terrazza di Rima, La Palapa, Le Kliff, River Café, Stars, Trío, Tuna Blanca, Xiklo, Andrea, Azur, Bordeaux, Divum, Eugenia, Las Casitas, La Casona, La Corona, Lucdcca, Mozza Mare and Tukipa.
The first International Gourmet Festival was held in 1995, the brainchild of renowned European chefs Thierry Blouet and Heinz Reize. Five years later, they were joined by another great chef, Roland Menetrey, and the trio would gain fame as Puerto Vallarta’s “culinary Three Musketeers.” The three chefs have since set up shop in Puerto Vallarta, where they have fallen in love with the destination’s beautiful Bay of Banderas, which they have found to be the perfect setting to fuse their refined cuisine with the ingredients that this land offers.
Six hotels and six independent restaurants participated in the first edition of the IGF, and it is estimated that more than 23,000 people have participated in the festival’s many activities. The original format of the festival remains unchanged: Each participating restaurant invites a celebrity from the world of culinary arts, so that diners enjoy this extraordinary fusion of chef and destination.
For more information on the International Gourmet Festival, please visit www.festivalgourmet.com