Food and Fun at PV’s Festival Gourmet

November 23, 2018 at 12:07 pm

Are you ready for some food and fun? This year’s Festival Gourmet International is nearly here and Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, & Tepic are ready to eat! This exciting culinary event began back in 1995 when local chefs Thierry Blouet and Heinz Reize created the Festival Gourmet International in order to promote local restaurants and the Puerto Vallarta food scene. They invited internationally recognized chefs to attend the festival, and the Festival Gourmet International has grown over the years to become a huge success.

Festival Gourmet International

Originally, the first Festival Gourmet International was comprised of just six local hotels and six independent restaurants. Today, the general format remains the same in that each local restaurant or hotel invites a chef to host their event. The 2018 Festival Gourmet International will feature twenty-eight hotels and restaurants and more than half a million people have attended the festivals over the years. In addition to event attendees, almost six hundred celebrity chefs have participated in the festival over the years. The Festival Gourmet International is an important event for Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit and has played a part in elevating the local food scene to an international level.

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Delicious Tasting Menus

The 2018 Festival Gourmet International will start with a bang on Friday, Nov. 23rd at the Hilton Hotel’s Jalisco Hall. This first event offers guests the opportunity to personally meet the guest chefs and taste a variety of exquisite cuisine. The event will run through Sunday, Dec. 2nd and each of the participating restaurants and hotels will host special events where invited chefs will prepare and share their culinary creations with attendees. Depending on the particular event they attend, festival attendees will be treated to either delicious tasting menu or a gourmet a la carte dinner. In addition to enjoying amazing food, festival attendees will be served a premium selection of wines, tequilas and beers.

Premium Local Restaurants

The best restaurants in the region are included in this year’s festival. Premiere participating restaurants include La Casona, Bocados STK, Cafe des Artistes and many others. La Casona will feature a Mediterranean menu created by head Chef Leonardo Castro. La Casona is situated in the upscale Villa La Estancia in the Nuevo Vallarta neighborhood of Riviera Nayarit. Chef Castro uses international-level techniques that are a fusion of French, Italian,Thai, Asian, Mediterranean and Mexican cuisine. La Casona’s invited Chef’s are Penny Davidi & Luciano Mier Santoro who will be on hand to offer their culinary expertise. Villa La Estancia’s La Casona restaurant is best known for preparing specialty and fine choices of meat like Kobe and New York cuts.

Top Events And Chefs

Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa will also host an event at Bocados STK Mixology and Grill restaurant. Head Chef Álvaro Cortez will head up the event, and Cortez was formerly the head chef at Villa del Palmar in Cancun. This year, Chef Cortez will be joined by invited guest chef Andrés García González who is now working as the Executive Chef at the Villa del Palmar Cancun resort. In October 2010, García González represented Mexico abroad when he participated in the “Passion in Paris” Trophy contest in France.

Mole and Mariachi

Nothing is more Mexican than mole and mariachi! This year’s Festival Gourmet International will also feature an exciting Night of Mole and Mariachi at the renowned Cafe des Artistes on Nov. 28th at 8pm. Mole is one of Mexico’s most delicious and traditional dishes, and Mariachi music is so passionate and impressive, it is sure to be a magical evening that you must not miss. Did you know that Cafe des Artistes is a world renowned fine dining restaurant is in a class of its own? They are one of the top restaurants in the region and have been serving up incredible and unique dishes for over 27 years. Cafe des Artistes Head chef and founder Thierry Blouet has been the driving force in elevating the Puerto Vallarta food scene to an internationally competitive level cuisine.

Make sure to get your tickets for this year’s 2018 Festival Gourmet International in Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit & Tepic. It is guaranteed to be the culinary event of the year!

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Top 10 Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta

July 31, 2015 at 8:25 am

You should never miss the great restaurants when you visit Puerto Vallarta. The city’s love for food is highlighted by different events such as two widely celebrated culinary festivals and a wine affair. Have a taste not just of Mexican dishes, but international cuisines too.

Cafe Des Artistes

A real fine place to have a taste of magnificent foods, great looking decors and exemplary services. It is owned and run by Frenchman Thierry Blouet, who has earned quite a reputation putting the excellent taste of European and Mexican dishes in a single roof.

Blanca Blue

Famous for its great gourmet dishes and excellent services, Blanca Blue is a favorite go-to place for visitors living nearby in Conchas Chinas and Old Town. One can have a breathtaking view of the Banderas Bay while having a romantic dinner in a torch lighted terrace.

La Palapa

Good for a luxury gourmet family meal on the water’s edge, you can dine and experience family bonding by the sea in candlelight. Simply watching the waves move magically while eating during daytime is enough reason to try this place. The nighttime can be enjoyed as live music fills the air in a candlelight dinner setting.

La Leche

A winner in its great presentation and good combination of excellent food. La Leche is run by a father and son duo who has eyes for modern food and a chic atmosphere. Alfonso Cadena, the younger one, moonlights as a band singer with his band who sometimes perform at the restaurant. Its wide variety of dishes that are serve different each day make an everyday visit, a unique dining experience.

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De Santos

A trendy and plush restaurant that serves food blended with great music. It offers Italian dishes and has a resident band to fill your night with fun and entertainment. A Favorite drinking place for locals and visitors, where the bar is located on its roof, overlooking the dazzling lights of the night scene.

El Patio de mi Casa

A truly relaxing place with tropical plants and tranquil air. It is known for its jazz bands who perform nightly and some other musical shows. You can enjoy the place by simply having a wine, while enjoying the friendly atmosphere and the great foods.

El Trio

Great tasting international and Mexican cuisines are what this restaurant is known for. It boasts of gourmet dishes served in large volume and takes pride of its outstanding customer service. You can have a European dining experience, where you can lavishly gorge on European recipes.

Dolce Vita

If you feel like eating Italian, Dolce Vita is the place for you. They serve good Italian pizzas and pastas. The quality is at its highest and can be experienced with its two sites located on the boardwalk and one in Puerto Vallarta.


A primarily seafood restaurant, where one can feel the freedom of youth. Located near the sea at the northern side of Puerto Vallarta’s boardwalk, its great food and hippy ambiance makes it a favorite place for locals.

Sonora Grill Prime

A great place to socialize as it is frequented by many food loving people. Steak is its main course, but serves diverse dishes for everyone’s satisfaction. Dining while hearing the loud rock and roll music is simply fantastic.

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