Puerto Vallarta to host food festival in November

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PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico -- The sixth annual Puerto Vallarta Gourmet Festival is scheduled to take place from Nov. 9 to 18.

"The festival was started here by Thierry Blouet of Cafe des Artistes to encourage local restaurants and hotels to be recognized for the gourmet food they served," according to restaurateur Roland Menetrey, one of the festival organizers.

More than 20 renowned guest chefs from internationally acclaimed restaurants and hotels throughout the world will showcase their culinary abilities during this nine-day food festival.

Some of the featured chefs include Norwegian Eak Prukpitikul of Catch 35 in Chicago, Austrian Wolfgang of the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas, Italian Giovanni Denigris of Restaurant Primavera in Chicago and Uruguayan Eduardo Gonzalo of Le Saint Florant in the Altes Franceses hotel in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Also, more than 20 Puerto Vallarta restaurants will each host a guest chef who will create a gourmet menu nightly that will be available to diners throughout the festival.

The event will feature gourmet cooking classes, wine tastings and seminars, among other things.

Visitors will be able to select from a variety of festival packages that include such things as admission to the cooking classes, seminars, a private luncheon and admission to the chefs' gala dinner.

For more information, visit www.puertovallarta.net or www.festivalgourmet.com, or call (888) 384-6822.

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