Founded in 2014 the GourmetFest was the brainchild of L'Auberge Carmel's proprietor David Fink, the original founder of the Masters of Food & Wine in 1987, the darling for over 20 years of luxury food and wine festivals nationwide. David, a member of the International Board of Directors of Relais & Châteaux, was determined to launch a new festival partnering with Relais & Châteaux. The Festival goals were to boost brand awareness of this prestigious family of the world's best Hoteliers, Chefs and Restaurateurs through a four day foodie event that brought the best chefs, wine estates, sponsors, media and food & wine enthusiasts to Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.
Now in its fourth year, the Relais & Châteaux GourmetFest has quickly become a tour de force in the food and wine festival circuit. Building upon the success of the last two years it has continued to feature the incomparable talent of Relais & Châteaux chefs from around the world, prestigious wineries and the finest luxury brands all in beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Over the course of four days guests indulged in over 18 events including a strolling welcome party, five wine tastings, two rarities events, two cooking demos, four lunches and dinners at the impressive new event space Seventh & Dolores, two off-site tours and lunches, VIP parties and a closing event. Each event provides a unique blend of amazing chefs and impressive wine offering experiences not easily replicated.