5 — 9 june 2018
St. Petersburg Gourmet Days
Following the huge success of last year’s inaugural St. Petersburg Gourmet Days, the international culinary extravaganza returns this June with an even bigger and better itinerary.
St. Petersburg Gourmet Days 2018 will take place from 5th to 9th of June, attracting local, national and international visitors to enjoy a true flavour of what this unique city has to offer.
This year the festival will focus on showcasing the city’s vibrant gastronomic scene, celebrating St. Petersburg’s unique cultural and culinary heritage. With the rise of a new generation of Russian chefs who use local resources and products like never before, St. Petersburg has become the centre of a highly creative, Russian ingredient led food movement.
Chef Dmitriy Blinov of Tartarbar and Duo Gastrobar, who will be this year’s festival’s ambassador, comments: “I’m very excited to welcome chefs of such a high caliber to my city from all across the world. There is a huge amount we can learn from each other and I think the festival will catapult chefs out of their comfort zone and encourage them to embrace their new surroundings and some products they may never have seen before.”
This year, nine international chefs from across Asia, Europe and America will visit St. Petersburg to explore the city and bring flavours from their own kitchens to top local restaurants, making it a truly global affair.
The 2018 line up will include (in no particular order): James Lowe (Lyle’s, London, UK), Anthony Genovese (Il Pagliaccio, Rome, Italy), Alejandro Peyrou (Alex Atala’s Açougue Central, Sao Paulo, Brazil), Pablo Salas (Amaranta, Toluca de Lerdo, Mexico), Ayo Adeyemi (Tippling Club, Singapore), Garima Arora (Gaa, Bangkok, Thailand), Maksut Askar (Neolokal, Istanbul, Turkey), Will Horowitz (Ducks Eatery, New York, USA), Nino Redruello (Fismuler, Madrid, Spain).
The visiting chefs will combine their expertise with local ingredients to create a series of one-off dinners, showcasing Russia’s world-class produce in new and creative ways. The exclusive dinners will be hosted in the restaurants of some of St. Petersburg’s rising stars, challenging visiting chefs to adapt their menus utilising local produce. This year’s participating chefs and restaurants are: Dmitriy Blinov (Tartarbar), Ilya Burnasov (Atelier Tapas&Bar), Dmitriy Bogachev (Mr. Bo, Mansarda), Evgeniy Vikentev (Hamlet + Jacks), Alexey Kanevskiy (Smoke BBQ), Igor Zorin (The Repa, Terrassa), Roman Palkin (BeefZavod).
As well as the nine exclusive dinners taking place during the festival, there will be a series of talks and discussion panels in Swissam business school, as well as three late night after-parties.
Coinciding with St. Petersburg’s natural “White Nights” annual event, Gourmet Days 2018 guarantees there will no better time to experience this beautiful historic city while indulging in a contemporary true taste of Russia.