With less than two months to go, new events have been added to the Guernsey International Food Festival, making the 2016 edition bigger than the inaugural festival last year.
More details have been revealed on the gala dinners, gastronomic tours, chef masterclasses and live cooking shows taking place between 23 September and 2 October. The 10 day festival celebrates the quality and variety of island food with Guernsey’s producers and chefs combining forces to showcase exceptional produce and cuisine from Guernsey, Alderney, Herm and Sark. With its full programme of events, special promotions and local markets, there’s plenty of opportunity to sample the islands’ one-of-a-kind gastronomy which has grown from the archipelago’s geographical position between England and France, allowing it to fuse English and French gastronomy.
Latest confirmed events at the 2016 Guernsey International Food Festival include:
Cigars, Cocktails and Canapés
23 September, 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Ziggurat, St Peter Port
Ziggurat, Guernsey’s Moroccan-themed hotel and restaurant, hosts an early evening reception on its wide outdoor terrace offering unbeatable views of the island’s capital of St Peter Port and out to sea. Guests can enjoy the early evening light while puffing a cigar, sipping a Ziggurat cocktail and indulging in so-called ‘manapés’ – substantial Middle-Eastern inspired man-sized canapés. Tickets are priced at £35 and include cigars, two cocktails, and ‘manapés’ from www.hotelziggurat.com
Dinner with Jean-Christophe Novelli
23 September, 7pm
St Pierre Park Hotel
Award winning Chef and restaurateur Jean-Christophe Novelli returns to the Guernsey International Food Festival for his second year, joining forces with Chef Tony Leck of The Pavilion at St Pierre Park Hotel. The chefs will work together to create a special menu to be served at a gala dinner with the option of matched champagne. Tickets are priced at £50 or £75 with matched champagne from www.thepavilion.co.gg
The Big Guernsey Market
24-25 September. 10am – 5pm
Crown Pier, St Peter Port
Over the first weekend, The Big Guernsey Market will be the festival focal point in the capital of St Peter Port featuring stalls from local producers and chefs, such as Haut Maison fruit liqueurs, Fresh Guernsey Herbs, and Torteval Cheese made from the Guernsey Dairy. White Rock Brewery hosts the beer and cider bar with drinks from Rocquette Cider, Randalls, Liberation and its own brewery, plus international guest ales. The market incorporates the Children’s Food Festival, where little foodies can get hands-on with local produce, jump on a smoothie bike to mix their own healthy drink, decorate a cupcake or popcorn bucket and take part in interactive activities and challenges.
The crème de la crème of Guernsey’s chefs will be taking to the Live Food Show stage to showcase their culinary skills, alongside guest chefs from France, India, the UK and the USA, who will talk through the step-by-step preparation of their dishes before giving the opportunity to sample tasters. Free entry.
Beach BBQ Cook Off
24 – 25 September, 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm both days
Crown Pier, St Peter Port
Former Masterchef contestant and Aussie barbecue supremo, Kieron James, hosts the Guernsey Beach BBQ Cook Off at St Peter Port’s Live Food Stage, where local chefs compete toproduce the tastiest barbecue dish. Two participants go head to head over two rounds: the first with the protein of their choice that they’ve marinated in advance, then with something weird and wacky from Kieron’s mystery bag. The winner is decided by the audience, who get to sample the meats and judge the chefs’ dishes. Free entry.
Guernsey Gourmet Bus Tour
1 October, 9am – 6pm
This whistle-stop tour of Guernsey’s producers goes behind-the-scenes at some of the island’s leading food and drink makers and includes a two course local produce lunch. The tour includes three producer stops, breakfast with the first producer and a Taste Guernsey lunch with wine, cider or beer. Tickets are priced at £65 from www.guernseytickets.ggwww.visitguernsey.com/event/guernsey-gourmet-bus-tour
Wild Foraging Workshop
Wild Guernsey offers a special food festival workshop, taking budding foragers to gather wild food, taste it raw, and then transform the foraged ingredients into a recipe worth remembering for a family picnic or dinner party. Foragers will learn to identify Guernsey’s local sea herbs and sea vegetables and then sample a treat made up from the ingredients found on the tour. Tickets are priced at £20 from wildguernsey.wordpress.com www.visitguernsey.com/event/wild-foraging-workshop