Following the huge success of the inaugural Guernsey International Food Festival in 2015, the foodie’s paradise is back this September with more exciting culinary indulgence. The festival is a celebration of the island’s own rich local produce and gastronomic heritage, as well as influences from the international stage.
The festival, whose ambassador is Jean-Christophe Novelli, takes place from 23 September – 2 October 2016, with events across the island from farmers’ markets to cook offs, culinary masterclasses, chef residencies and wine tastings. Two of Guernsey’s finest hotels, the Duke of Richmond (www.dukeofrichmond.com) and Guernsey’s only five-star property, The Old Government House Hotel (www.theoghhotel.com), will be getting involved in the action by showcasing the bounty of the island’s gourmet food offering and its varied hospitality. Here are a few highlights of what visitors and guests can expect:
British Game gala dinner featuring Ridgeview Wine Estate and Blackdown Artisan Spirits
Saturday 24 September 7pm
Venue: Old Government House hotel
Tickets: £70 including dinner and matched wines
Channel Islands Chef of the Year 2016, Simon McKenzie of The Old Government House Hotel, prepares a gala dinner featuring the best of seasonal game meats. Each dish is perfectly paired with an award-winning sparkling English wine from the Ridgeview Estate, craft spirits from Blackdown Artisan Spirits (both hailing from Sussex), and fine wine from local wine merchant Bucktrouts.
Curry Leaf Café masterclass lunch
Saturday 24 September noon - 2pm (also runs Sunday 25 September)
Venue: Old Government House hotel
Tickets: £40 including welcome drink & glass of wine with lunch
Kanthi Kiran Thamma, head chef at Brighton’s Curry Leaf Café, hosts a masterclass lunch featuring classic dishes from Kerala and south India, in the Curry Room of the Old Government House. He’ll talk through the dishes whilst he prepares, answering questions about Indian cuisine and how to recreate similar dishes at home, before showcasing the food in a three course lunch with a glass of wine.
Food Lab Dinner
Tuesday 27 September 7pm
Venue: Duke of Richmond Hotel
Tickets: £40 for five courses (£60 including matched wines)
Five producers, five chefs, five dishes. The festival’s most creative dining experience, randomly matching kitchen and production talent for a never-to-be-repeated gourmet meal at the Duke of Richmond.
International Chef Exchange: St Lucia comes to Guernsey
Thursday 29 September 7pm
Venue: Old Government House
Tickets: £55 for three courses including matched wines in advance from the OGH
The Cliff at Cap restaurant was recently hailed by The New York Times and is already one of the most highly sought after tables on the of St Lucia. In one of the Caribbean’s most dramatic settings overlooking the surging Caribbean Sea, the restaurant is under the direction of Executive Chef Craig Jones. His nouveau French West Indian menu elegantly presents the bounty of St. Lucia’s fresh local produce and seafood readily sourced on this tropical island. Chef Craig takes over the kitchens of chef Simon Mckenzie at the Old Government House for one night only, treating guests to a mouth-sizzling three-course dinner with accompanying wine, including some of his Caribbean favourites’ such as poached lobster ravioli, pan fried kobe with caramelised plantain and island spiced doughnut.
This Chef Exchange is part of a reciprocal agreement which sees UK chefs swapping kitchens with international chefs across the globe. Old Government House’s chef Simon will be flying over to St Lucia for a Taste of Guernsey weekend taking place on the Caribbean Island in February 2017.
The Guernsey International Food Festival is preceded by Guernsey Cocktail Week from 16 – 24 September 2016 in which various venues across the island, including the Old Government House and the Duke of Richmond, will be producing special signature cocktails based entirely on local produce.
The Old Government House Hotel & Spa is located in the heart of St Peter Port and offers the finest in five-star luxury. Five minutes’ walk from the picturesque quayside, this hotel is perfectly placed to explore the island and provides guests with a ‘home away from home’ boasting fine dining facilities, the stylish Crown Club, an outdoor heated swimming pool and luxurious Spa and fitness centre. Just up the road is the four-star Duke of Richmond Hotel which offers unparalleled service in peaceful surroundings. Overlooking a quiet park, this elegant property is home to the relaxing Leopard Bar and Restaurant where guests can sit back and enjoy a range of cocktails and expertly prepared dishes, a chic monochrome Residents’ Lounge and an outdoor heated swimming pool complete with sun loungers perfect for glorious Guernsey summer days.
Room rates at the Old Government House during the festival start at £199 per room, per night, including full English breakfast, based on two people sharing. Room rates at the Duke of Richmond Hotel during the festival start at £152 per room, per night, including full English breakfast, based on two people sharing.