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Festival Gourmet International 2021 Opening at TierraLuna

For the 26th consecutive year, Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit will host the Festival Gourmet International, an annual food and wine event designed for foodies and food lovers that returns to Puerto Vallarta each November. For the 2021 edition, the festival will be an extraordinary event that showcases Mexico’s gourmet gastronomy with a glamorous opening ceremony at TierraLuna Village on the Garza Blanca Preserve.

Every year, Banderas Bay welcomes many national and international visitors looking to participate in this one-of-a-kind opportunity, where they will be able to taste unique dishes prepared by some of the most renowned chefs in the world, all together in the same city, plus, attend master classes and unique events hosted by their favorite chefs.

About the Festival Gourmet International

The festival was born in Puerto Vallarta in 1995 when prominent chefs and restaurateurs Heinz Reize, Sivian Muller, and Thierry Blouet, the owner of Puerto Vallarta’s iconic restaurant Café des Artistes, invited 12 chefs, 6 luxury hotels, and 6 first-class restaurants to participate. Since then, over 200 featured chefs have participated in the Festival Gourmet International. Since the beginning, the culinary trio, also known as the “Culinary Three Musketeers”, have been the organizers of the event, falling in love with Banderas Bay and adopting it as the home of their best restaurants.

This year, the festival will run from November 12th to the 21st with the participation of 28 restaurants and 56 chefs. As regular guests know, each year participating restaurants, local chefs, and guest celebrity chefs from around the world gather to fuse their culinary ideas and create signature dishes. Each restaurant with their chef and guest master chef offers a tasting menu, which they have collaborated on sharing ideas and techniques to create something exceptional.

If you are rushed for time due to a short vacation and want to have the complete culinary festival experience, the Festival Gourmet International offers the Gourmet Safari 1 in Puerto Vallarta on Saturday, November 13th, which will delight diners with an exquisite dinner, champagne, and select wines at four of the participating restaurants in the same evening and Gourmet Safari 2 in Punta Mita on Tuesday, November 16th, where guests can enjoy two participating restaurants in the same evening, from sunset to midnight.

Events at the Festival Gourmet International

Besides the special meal experiences at the top restaurants in Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit with world-class chefs, master classes, wine pairings and cheese tastings, and exclusive chef’s tables, the festival features spectacular events.

tierraluna culinary offer

On November 12th starting at 8:00 pm, TierraLuna, a new open-air shopping village and event space located on the Garza Blanca Preserve in the exclusive south zone of Puerto Vallarta, will host the opening of the Festival Gourmet International with an event called “The Grand Gourmet Village”, which offers all fans of the gourmet festival a fantastic opportunity to get ready for this ten-day extravaganza and will showcase the culinary delights of all 28 participating restaurants and their respective chefs. The event will introduce all participating chefs while serving delicious samples on gourmet islands giving you the chance to mingle with world-famous chefs. This year, the ceremony will be circus themed, featuring jugglers, performers, and a live rock band. With phenomenal cuisine in a magical and picturesque setting nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Sierra Madre jungle, the night of the 12th will be an unforgettable culinary fiesta! Tickets cost $1,900 pesos and can be purchased here.

From November 13th until November 20th, there will be the Gourmet Dine Around where you can take your pick from either the tasting menu or à la carte menu at the 28 participating restaurants. You can reserve your table directly at the restaurants you wish to dine at.

On November 16th at 9am, Thierry Blouet and his special guest chef present a cooking class at Café des Artistes restaurant, where they will demonstrate their cooking techniques and reveal secret recipes before serving you your lunch paired with wine. If you seek to improve your culinary skills, you will not want to miss this class with these two experienced masters followed by an exquisite lunch.

The Chefs Talk Show takes place at Vallarta Theater “Teatro Vallarta” on Uruguay 184, 5 de Diciembre, close to the Malecon, on November 18th at 11:00 am. During this event, the culinary experts will share stories about their personal and professional life followed by a Q&A session.

And to close with a flourish on Saturday, November 20th, you will not want to miss The Wonderful Wine Fest Riviera Nayarit 2021, starting at 5:00 pm at Villa La Estancia Beach Resort & Spa Riviera Nayarit. The cost to attend is $600 pesos and it will be an unmissable party where the best sommeliers from the top vineyards in Mexico gather to present the best wines and as an attendee, you will, of course, get to taste them!

Participating Restaurants  

This year, the lineup is beyond incredible, still with some chefs and restaurants to confirm, the list of already confirmed guests and restaurants is unbelievable. Some of the most iconic Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit restaurants are participating. First up, from Hiroshi restaurant at Hotel Mousai, we have chef Ernesto Olvera Flores, who has dedicated his life to perfecting Japanese cuisine, and his special guest chef, Ivan Yuen, from DAO Contemporary Oriental Cuisine, the much-anticipated addition to the soon to open Hotel Mousai South Tower. DAO will be an upscale Chinese restaurant serving specialties such as Crispy Peking Duck, Dim Sum, barbecued meats, fried rice, chow mein, and more!

Other participating restaurants include: Le Kliff, Blanca Blue, Tuna Blanca, El Dorado, Hector’s Kitchen, Bocados Steak House, and many more.

To see the full list of participants, go to festivalgourmet.com.mx.

How to Attend 

Spaces fill up quickly, so get your tickets in advance. Remember this festival is the greatest gourmet tradition in Mexico, and possibly the world, so it will sell out fast. Don’t miss your chance to mingle with award-winning chefs and try amazing gourmet dishes prepared by them. Who knows, they might even tell you their secret ingredient! Get your tickets to your favorite events at festivalgourmet.com, by phone at +52 322-225-0109, or via e-mail at info@festivalgourmet.com. You can find updates on their website or on their Facebook page.

Hurry, book your trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and don’t miss the chance to try the best international and local foods and meet passionate foodies, just like you!

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