The Channel Island of Guernsey Launches First-Ever Food Festival

Jul 13, 2015 by

The Channel Island of Guernsey Launches First-Ever Food Festival

Food Lovers Have a New Food Paradise and Festival to Flock to at the First-Ever Guernsey International Food Festival

by Super G

The delightful Channel Island of Guernsey is a food lover’s paradise surrounded by the sea, dotted with fertile farms, and home to its famous breed of cattle. Islanders are rightfully proud of its abundance. So, why not host a food festival?

This fall, Guernsey will host its first-ever Guernsey International Food Festival on September 18 – 27.

Visit Guernsey, the island located on the English Channel’s travel bureau, announced today, July 13.

The affair that will feature a Cocktail Week (September 11 – 18) leading up to the 10-day festival that kicks off with Restaurant Week (September 18 to 27) along with 21 events around Guernsey’s capital St Peter Port and several of the other.

Passes to the festival and individual events are now on sale.

The delightful Channel Island of Guernsey (Photo: Courtesy of www.telegraph.co.uk)

The delightful Channel Island of Guernsey (Photo: Courtesy of www.telegraph.co.uk)

A gem nestled among giants England and France in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy, the Channel Island of Guernsey is known for its dairy cows Alderney, Guernsey, and Jersey.

However, the pastoral island, which is under the British Crown, is also a food lover’s paradise and as one of two of the channel’s biggest islands it is a popular vacation destination.

It’s only natural that 65,849 residents of the resort island want to show off what it has to offer foodies around the world.

The island’s two luxury resorts The Old Government House Hotel and Spa and The Duke of Richmond are hosting many of the main events throughout the entire 17-day festival.

The Old Government House Hotel and Spa is the island’s only five-star accommodation and is the home of Chef Pascal Lemoine, the 2015 Channel Islands’ Chef of the Year Winner.

The Duke of Richmond is Guernsey’s other finest hotel.

Cocktail Week (September 11 – 18) will celebrate the island’s thriving cocktail scene with mixologists shaking up inspiring concoctions featuring Haut Maison fruit liqueurs at The Crown Club at the Old Government House Hotel and Spa and The Leopard Bar and Restaurant at The Duke of Richmond, in addition to other venues.

The libations being shaken and poured will all be in preparation for the Great Guernsey Mix Off Competition on September 19.

Guernsey Beer & Cider Festival (September 26 – 27) will feature the island’s best beers and ciders from local producers, such as Randalls, Rocquette and White Rock Brewery. Beer and cider lovers will enjoy live music and hearty hot food throughout the day at the Market Bistro.

A dish on the menu at Pavilion in the Park restaurant, St Peter Port, Guernsey. (Photo: Courtesy of Visit Guernsey / ©Julia Claxton)

A dish on the menu at Pavilion in the Park restaurant, St Peter Port, Guernsey. (Photo: Courtesy of Visit Guernsey / ©Julia Claxton)

All liquored up, foodies will be able to soak up the alcohol during Restaurant Week (September 18 to 27). During this week chefs will have the opportunity to showcase Guernsey’s delicious local produce across a range of specially crafted festival menus and dishes at restaurants throughout the island.

Festival goers will be able to mingle with the United Kingdom’s most renowned restaurateurs Prue Leith at the Guernsey Literary Festival (September 19). The storied author and restaurateur whose life has spanned from kitchen to book shelf – cook books to fiction – will entertain guest with stories from her memoir Relish: My Life on a Plate
and her forthcoming novel, The Food of Love (currently titled Cocktails at the Kardomah), a wartime story of love and loss … oh and food and drink.

The culinary festivities will also feature a Live Food Show (September 19 – 20) where the crème de la crème of Guernsey’s chefs will showcase their culinary skills and style. Their creations will be put to the test of 12 guest tasters who will sample their creations at the Extreme Food Challenge.

The Old Government House Hotel and Spa in St. Peter Port, Guernsey. (Photo: Courtesy of www.telegraph.co.uk)

The Old Government House Hotel and Spa in St. Peter Port, Guernsey. (Photo: Courtesy of www.telegraph.co.uk)

Other events include the Big Guernsey Market, Children’s Food Festival, Food Lab, Fresh Fridays Market, Guernsey Gold Dinner, Guernsey Gourmet Bus Tour, Guernsey Literary Festival: Tea in Wonderland, International Chef Exchange: The Hague come to Guernsey, Herm Festival, Liberation Sausage and Ale Trail, Make Your Case, Prohibition Supper, Seafront Sunday, Seriously Seafood Supper, Star Supper, Three Chefs go to the Movies and more events continue to be added leading up to the festival.

The Old Government House Hotel and Spa is offering festival goers the “Guernsey International Food Festival Package.” The package includes a two-night stay, cocktails and canapés on arrival, a three-course dinner at the Brassiere, a Champagne Afternoon Tea and a 10 percent discount on treatments at the hotel’s luxurious Spa. The package starts at $425 per person, based on two people sharing a Classic Room for a minimum of two nights between September 18 – 27, 2015.

Other travel packages and discounts are available.

To book your journey to the Guernsey International Food Festival, contact Heather Cassell at Girls That Roam Travel at Travel Advisors of Los Gatos at 408-354-6531at or .

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