Delicious things are happening around the globe in every season in 2019. No matter when your hunger for adventure hits, these four food-focused events can be delicious parts of your travel plans.
St. Moritz Gourmet Festival
The St. Moritz Gourmet Festival kicks off the new year in the Swiss Alps with this elaborate food fest running January 11 to 19, 2019. This event welcomes an international roster of guest chefs, including Guillaume Galliot (Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong’s Caprice), Manish Mehrotra (New Delhi’s Indian Accent) and Nicolai Nørregaard (Copenhagen’s Kadeau).
In addition to a series of lavish dinners, you can sample this alpine town’s culinary offerings in a variety of fashions, from the limousine-driven Gourmet Safari to the indulgently bountiful Chocolate Cult buffet.
The festival’s host hotel is Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, a grand, castle-like property built in 1896 overlooking Lake St. Moritz and the Engadine mountains. The festival’s don’t-miss Kitchen Party will take place at the property. At this behind-the-scenes mingler, all nine guest chefs will create a unique dish served right in the hotel’s kitchens.
Melbourne Food & Wine Festival
It will be the Southern Hemisphere’s autumn when the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival takes place in March, but this two-week food fest (March 8 to 24) will put some spring in your step.
This epicurean extravaganza opens with the World’s Longest Lunch (March 8), when three of Melbourne’s most notable female chefs — Karen Martini, Nicky Riemer and Lauren Eldridge — team up for a long-table meal honoring International Women’s Day.
Other festival events include the Global Dining Series, where chefs from around the world pair with local restaurateurs to create one-time feasts; master classes to pick up cooking tips from food experts like Nicole Ponseca (founder of New York’s Filipino eateries Maharlika and Jeepney); and the Theatre of Ideas, where Sam Sifton, food editor of The New York Times, will moderate discussions with renowned culinary personalities about the hottest food and industry trends.
A fine base for your festival stay is the Five-Star Crown Towers Melbourne, an extravagant, art-deco-style hotel in the Crown Casino complex, where you can recap your food adventures over a cocktail high above the city in the window-lined 28 Skybar Lounge.
Singapore Food Festival
The gathering of gastronomy moves to Asia in July, when the annual Singapore Food Festival shows off the city’s multicultural culinary scene. Although dates and details of the 2019 festival have yet to be released, you can expect events like STREAT, which highlights top local restaurants; a street-food fest honoring Singapore’s tradition of hawker dishes; and creative match-ups pairing food with art, theater and dance happenings.
While Singapore has no shortage of luxury lodgings, you can’t go wrong with the Four-Star Fullerton Hotel Singapore, a stately heritage hotel in the heart of the city. The 371 rooms and 28 suites here deliver a smorgasbord of amenities, ranging from historic architectural touches and tray ceilings to stunning Marina Bay views. And when it’s time to relive some of the festival’s culinary moments, you can do so at either of the hotel’s six dining (Jade) and drinking outlets (Post Bar).
Barbados Food and Rum Festival
Barbados, which is lovingly referred to as the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean in many circles, is the place to be in October for the Barbados Food and Rum Festival. At this annual food and spirits bash, partake in gourmet meals across the country, pair local snacks with hand-crafted rums and join in other special events highlighting the region’s dynamic food and drink scene. And while we await specifics on 2019’s event, we do know that any gathering featuring Treasure Beach resort’s star chef, Javon Cummins, is one we’d advise you to attend.
Of course, you’ll want to leave time to chill at the beach, too, particularly when you settle into one of the island’s deluxe seaside resorts, like the 75-room Fairmont Royal Pavilion or the classic Five-Star Sandy Lane Hotel, a gorgeous getaway that earned a spot on Forbes Travel Guide’s 2018 World’s Most Luxurious Hotels list.