You can now indulge your senses at the 3rd Samui Fine Dining Festival, which from March 1 – April 30. The two-month dining extravaganza is presented by a superb selection of Samui’s finest restaurants, together with an elite group of international chefs based on the island. Each evening, a selection of 16 restaurants present diners with the very best they have to offer. Special six-course menus are served, consisting of a cold starter, a hot starter, a fish course, sorbet, a meat course and finally a dessert. The menus are priced from THB 1,800 – 4,900, with no hidden charges. Gourmets will be pleased to know that each course is offered with a matching wine. Alternatively, guests are welcome to order from the restaurant’s drinks list.
Samui is an ideal spot for dolce far niente, so this fact invites for an antipode. The festival is the first joint event in the history of the island which caters directly to tourism and is designed to promote the island as a holiday destination via its first class dining facilities. The objective is to introduce a genuine touristic concept which would touch the interest of as many tourists possible via a period of two months, resulting in a quality activity on an international level.
The participating restaurants are Banyan Tree, Beach Republic, Chef’s Table, Dining on the Rocks, Le Jaroen, Nikki Beach, Ochos, Rockpool, Sala Samui, Sui Kin Pan Asian Restaurant, The Barge Fine Dining, The Edge, The Five Islands Restaurant, The Terrace, Tree Tops and Zazen.
There are 2 special events during the festival, namely the Opening Gala Dinner on 1 March at the Banyan Tree (featuring a menu paired with five different Champagne vintages) and a fine-dining evening at Nikki Beach on 22 March with free-flowing Champagne – courtesy of Lombard.
“Without the impact of Samui’s excellent chefs, the festival wouldn’t function,” says Horst Hornung, the event’s organiser. “They’re the ones who make it happen by turning cooking into a culinary zeitgeist objective.”
Organised by the Cool Genie Group, the Samui Fine Dining festival is a corporate activity between hotels, resorts, private restaurants, suppliers and local media. There is additional cooperation from Absolute World, Absolute Hotels & Resorts, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Bangkok Airways, The Bayside Group, Delivering Asia Communications, Lombard Champagne, G Four Fine Wines, Truffles Exclusive and Trend Fashion.
A Bangkok Fine Dining Festival will follow in June.
For reservation & menus, visit http://www.samuifinediningfestival.com/