Save a little space in your stomachs this week. The Bangkok Gourmet Festival, a celebration of all things culinary, takes over Siam Paragon’s Royal Paragon Hall from March 3-5, and the festival promises a feast unlike any other this year.
Over three days, guests are invited to try dishes from many dozens of fine dining institutions across the world, join in live cooking demonstrations and discussions, and peruse the abundance of gourmet products for purchase.
There’s some serious Michelin star power involved, too.
Highlighting the event are top local and visiting chefs, in particular Curtis Duffy, whose Chicago restaurant, Grace, boasts three Michelin stars; Hong Kong’s Alvin Leung, owner of Bo Innovation, also a recipient of three Michelin stars; and Guillaume Galliot of Macau’s The Tasting Room, owner of two Michelin stars.
Some of Thailand’s top restaurants will take part, as well. Chefs from Upstairs at Mikkeller, Osha, Savelberg, J’aime, Lenzi, Benjarong and Ginza Sushi Ichi, among others, will be serving signature dishes at their booths each day.
There’s an interesting Bangkok connection here, too. Chef Dan Bark, who runs Upstairs, the only restaurant in Thailand pairing craft beer with gourmet dishes, was sous chef at Duffy’s award-winning Grace before opening his casual fine-dining restaurant in Ekkamai.
Apart from cooking demos, meet-and-greets and a seven-course gala dinner, the festival offers wine, champagne, cognac and beer tastings, as well as wine pairings. Some of the drinks will come by way of Rémy Martin, Q Wine, House of Beers and Chit Beer, perhaps the country’s most famous champion of Thai craft beer.
A “Market Zone” will showcase kitchen products from global brands, and premium products – from truffles to gelato to specialty coffee – will be on sale every day. Come hungry.