Gourmet experience returns to Val d’Isère

11th February 2011, by Chris Gill

Fine food and wine [(c) Whistler Blackcomb Resort]

Fine food and wine [(c) Whistler Blackcomb Resort]

An event coming to Val d’Isère in March promises to tickle the taste buds of any enthusiast of fine food and fine skiing.

Between 21 and 24 March, Pistes Gourmandes will bring together leading chefs and food specialists to the French resort for a packed event that will include cookery courses and demonstrations, as well as the all-important food and wine tasting sessions. The schedule includes daily events for adults and children. Representatives from ‘Seed of Toque’, an organisation that aims to teach children about healthy eating, will be giving cookery classes at the Children’s Village for example.

The main event is the final of the ‘Golden Spoon’, a cookery competition for women. The best amateur and professional ladies that have made it this far will have just 3.5 hours to prepare and serve up a culinary delight for eight people.

But food isn’t the only thing on the festival menu, as there are various other attractions planned – most of course will have a foodie theme of some sort, such as ice carvings of vegetables! Some events take place after the lifts close, so you could drop by as part of your après-ski fun.

Visitors wishing to take part in any of the cookery lessons and wine tasting will need to register at the Tourist Office, though. And if you haven’t booked your ski break yet, but fancy attending the event, there are weekly packages available for the duration (including a lift pass).


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