Adding a culinary festival to your vacation itinerary will make your trip a true cultural experience, and every year, the Vallarta Nayarit Gastronomica showcases culinary techniques and gourmet cuisine from the best restaurants in Puerto Vallarta and the world’s leading chefs. This year, the gastronomic festival will include a variety of presentations and tastings, and to cap it all off, the closing dinner will be celebrated at Villa La Estancia Riviera Nayarit. Together, Executive Chef Sergio Ramírez and special guest, Chef Diego Gallegos, a culinary giant with two Michelin Stars and two Repsol Suns, will prepare gourmet food for a dinner that will dazzle your taste buds.
After a year that presented new challenges for the restaurant industry, the 2021 Vallarta Nayarit Gastronomica is a true celebration of the joys of fine dining. On Wednesday, October 27, the culinary festival kicks off with dinner and wine pairing at La Tosca Trattoria, and there will also be a private cocktail mixer at Cha' and an after-dinner raicilla tasting at La Lulú. Thursday has additional meals and tastings at the best restaurants in Puerto Vallarta, but the main events are on Friday and Saturday with live cooking showcases and culinary presentations by celebrity and Michelin-starred chefs. On Sunday, the gastronomic festival heads out of town to San Sebastian del Oeste where the gourmet restaurant Jardin Nebulosa is the jewel of the emerald mountains. Each night of the week has elegant gala dinners at different Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta restaurants, but the closing dinner is one you won’t want to miss. See Official Program of the Festival.
After working in some of the most luxurious and exclusive kitchens and hotels, Chef Sergio Ramírez became a part of the Villa La Estancia Riviera Nayarit family. Heading up La Casona Restaurant, he’s brought new innovation and fresh recipes to the resort, attracting not just foodie travelers but also the respect of the local culinary scene. As host of the closing dinner, Chef Ramírez will be combining his extensive experience with the fresh perspective of Spanish Chef Diego Gallegos. Chef Gallegos’ gourmet restaurant SOLLO is known for its sustainable farm-to-table innovations, earning it one Michelin Star, two Repsol Suns, and the Michelin Green Star.
To celebrate the city’s top gastronomic festival, there’s no better location than La Casona Restaurant, located on a quiet beach at Villa La Estancia Riviera Nayarit. Like many Nuevo Vallarta restaurants, it’s known for its bold Mexican flavors and fresh seafood, but the unique twists put on this gourmet food by Chef Ramírez make it one of the best. To celebrate the end of the culinary festival, guests will be seated in the elegant dining room of La Casona, but the evening’s 6-course menu will be influenced by Chef Diego Gallegos. For such a celebration, there was no better gourmet restaurant than this.
The best restaurants in Puerto Vallarta are known for their culinary innovations that stem from all the fresh produce and seafood that’s readily available on the coast, and the Vallarta Nayarit Gastronomica showcases the best of the best with help from international chefs. To experience the top Nuevo Vallarta restaurants and learn a little more about gourmet food, register for the culinary showcase and the grand closing dinner at La Casona.