Countdown to San Sebastián Gastronomika

Luciana Bianchi - 05/09/2011

(Press report) November 2011 will see the 13th edition of the emblematic gastronomy convention San Sebastián Gastronomika – Basque Country Savour It. Having firmly established itself with a highly successful 2010 event, the convention will this year once again play host to the international meeting of the newest culinary phenomenons from Spain and throughout the world. For the third consecutive year, the responsibility rests with El Diario Vasco and grup gsr-produccions de gastronomía for the organisation of an event whose ideology, based on strict professionalism, innovation on all fronts and the creation of a fun-loving atmosphere, aims to be the backbone and shop window both for new gastronomic trends and the most original presentation formats rising to the needs of the 21st century. As in previous editions of the convention, our Technical Committee will be formed by some of the standard bearers of Basque cuisine today:

Hilario Arbelaitz – Zuberoa restaurant
Karlos Arguiñano – Karlos Arguiñano restaurant
Juan Mari Arzak – Arzak restaurant
Martin Berasategui – Martin Berasategui restaurant
Andoni Luis Aduriz – Mugaritz restaurant
Pedro Subijana – Akelare restaurant
Roser Torras – grup gsr-produccions de gastronomia

San Sebastián Gastronomika – Basque Country Savour It 2011 Continuing in the direction established at last year’s edition of the convention, this thirteenth instalment of the event will present an original, diverse programme with a variety of formats, an eclectic international vision and an extensive look at the world of gastronomy, exploring it in all its diverse wealth (cuisine, wine and dining, hotels, marketing, new formats…). San Sebastián Gastronomika – Basque Country Savour It ALTA The major international gastronomy convention. Offering a panorama of the latest works of the top chefs in Spain and around the world, with unique presentations on the latest creations… What’s more, we have a day fully devoted to one or a variety of countries, always focussing on the common denominator of evolving, emerging, and diverse cuisine. San Sebastián Gastronomika – Basque Country OFF A parallel convention, now in its third year, which explores the restaurant, wine and hotel trades as general disciplines while integrating this into a range of specific programmes. It also includes one of the convention’s hits, Planet Grill – a unique event boasting the best grillers from Spain and the rest of the world. Market Area Places its emphasis on professionalisation and promoting and improving networking between gastronomic professionals on a national and international level – a fair that is a reference point for commerce within the world of gastronomy. Gastronomika Popular As in its previous editions, San Sebastián Gastronomika – Basque Country Savour It will reach out to the people of San Sebastián with a specific programme of events and activities involving the community, making this a convention where everyone is invited. San Sebastián Gastronomika – Basque Country Savour It VIP Following the overwhelming popularity of the participatory format of previous years, we’ve developed a new and improved programme of private classes, small-sized workshops and working breakfasts with a selection of the best chefs and gastronomic professionals of the present day. Best Sommelier in Spain Official Contest 2011 For the second time, San Sebastián hosts this thrilling contest, which sees our contestants take on a series of challenges live and in person on the Kursaal stage. “Jordi Estadella” 2nd International Gin and Tonic Contest Continuing our tribute to the late Jordi Estadella, the most famous bartenders from Spain and the world over are put to the test live and on stage. 2nd National Grilling Contest On top of the cosmopolitan Planet Grill – which includes grillers from across the world – this year also sees the best grillers in Spain clash for a second year in this exciting contest. Tastings live and in real timeAfter the resounding success of last year, some of the most spectacular presentations will for a second time offer attendees at San Sebastian Alta and Off the chance to enjoy tastings from their own seat, trying out the results from the stage live and in real time.

From Sunday 20th to Wednesday 23rdNovember

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Luciana Bianchi is chef de cuisine and food writer, works as International Editor correspondent for the Brazilian gourmet magazine,Prazeres da Mesa, and contributes to several publications in Brazil and Europe.
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