Bangkok’s feast of epic epicurean proportions

World Gourmet Festival

Get lost in this swanky event that stirs every sumptuous, fine-dining craving

If it was possible, one is to roam around carrying a plate, or a fork, because here is a grandiose line of luscious, Michelin-marked cuisines, all set to indulge every sense, every palette, every tongue. Sixteen heroes of gastronomy–all of them bearing stars in their own making–gather in one place to seduce guests in the arena of international cookery. There is no battle but with one’s self, in a way of keeping their waistlines within appropriate numbers and take a break from devouring too muchgoodness offered at the table.

This is the World Gourmet Festival, an annual assembly of culinary legends, where the main hero is the flavour, and the cape, every palette’s satisfaction. This satisfying six-day soiree is now on its 20th year, a milestone deserving of elaborate proportion. There’s no wonder; World Gourmet Festival finds its way back to Thailand’s most beloved hotel—the Anantara Siam Bangkok—where names, both established and emerging in the industry, showcase their culinary craftsmanship without holding back.

Chef Yoji Tokuyoshi in action
Chef Yoji Tokuyoshi in action

An international line-up greets the foodies with global garnishes. Savour German delicacies with Wolfgang Becker. Submerge into the tastes of umami with Hideki Ii. Tap-dance into the tasteful spices of Portugal with Rui Silvestre, or immerse in the classic flavours of French cuisine with Alan Geeam. Masterclasses are scheduled during the day, reserved for the curious cooks wanting to receive their own stars, or for those passionate about concocting chocolatey surprises. Expect great wines, afternoon tees, a smothering of flavours and a visual feast.


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Chef Hajime & So Otowa

Chef Hajime & So Otowa

Chef Andrea at his masterclass
Chef Andrea at his masterclass

Spanning from the 2nd to the 8th of September, the festival also highlights Thailand’s local gastronomical geniuses, whose rags-to-riches tale will impress every listener. Schedules for each culinary experience vary; on the 5th of September, the lush courtyard of Parichart is lined up with bedecked stalls, beckoning for a curious taste of gourmet street food. Exclusive events are held at the hotel’s old-world, iconic lobby. Hands on the glass, please; and walk around while inhaling the simmering scent from the meat, or the sweet sparks coming off from the dainty plated deserts. Be careful; there is no helping when pulled by the gravity of decadent herbs and spices. And for the late sleepers fearing of not getting their fair share, capping off the entire feast is the World Gourmet Brunch, which celebrates the goodness of noonday munching with a banquet of sumptuous delights.Dig in ! ◼

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