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Guernsey International Food Festival

16th September - 2nd October

Festival Details

Taking place between 23rd September and 2nd October with events taking place during the week before to launch the festival. There will be fantastic promotions on offer in restaurants and cocktail bars as well as markets and shows, interactive events and plenty for the children to do, as well as the grown ups.

The festival is organised to showcase the island's excellence in all things foodie. It all starts in the local fields and ends up on our plates having been carefully tended by farmers, growers then chefs. From humble vegetables to sophitiscated seafood, Guernsey is proud of its incredibly fresh produces, the festival will be your chance to discover and taste it all.

Confirmed 2016 Events

Cocktail Week - 16th to 24th September 2016
Location: Island Wide
Guernsey’s top bars and mixologists are shaking up the island’s cocktail scene with inspiring drinks.
Grab a £10 wristband from a participating venue and enjoy specially crafted cocktails for just £5 each. Venues will also be hosting exclusive tastings and tutored masterclasses for wristband holders.
Details of venues will be announced soon!


Cocktail Week Launch - 16th September 2016
Location: La Valette Bathing Pools
James Le Gallez of Aperitif takes you on a journey through the cocktails and canapés of the 1920s, 1940s and 1960s.
This unique pop-up event featuring La Vallette pool, Underground museum and Guernsey aquarium will be sure to delight!
Details of tickets and times will be available nearer the time.


Guernsey Restaurant Week - 22nd September to 2nd October 2016
Location: Island Wide
Rightly known for the quality of its produce, Guernsey has a wide selection of artisan produce that is used by restaurateurs across the year.

During the festival period, many of the eateries across the island will be creating a festival dish or menu crafted mainly from this excellent produce. From seafood and salad herbs to goats cheese and free-range pork, Guernsey Restaurant Week is the perfect excuse to explore not only the bounty of the island but also the varied hospitality offering.
More details will be announced nearer the time.


Sark Food Weekend at Stocks Hotel - 23rd to 24th September 2016
Location: Stocks Island Hotel, Sark
A weekend showcasing Sark’s abundance of autumn fresh local produce.

Visitors will have the chance to meet Dave Scott, the Sark lamb farmer, as seen in island Parish with Persil the lamb, Peter Bonnefin, a Sark lobster & scallop fisherman, Sark crab picker Phil Long, a tour of the hotel’s exclusive Sark Permaculture garden and much, much more.

Stocks chefs will demonstrate the preparation of a selection of these wonderfully fresh local ingredients in their own exclusive farmhouse kitchen. An evening menu will feature the very best of seasonal Sark produce.
Visit the Stocks Hotel website for more information.


Jean-Christophe Novelli Dinner - 23rd September 2016
Location: St Pierre Park Hotel
Jean-Christophe returns to the Guernsey International Food Festival for his second year, working alongside chef Tony Leck of The Pavilion on a gourmet dinner.

Jean-Christophe's dinner was one of the highlights of the 2015 Festival, so this event is sure to be a sell-out!

Details on tickets, theme and times will be available nearer the time.


Children's Food Festival - 24th to 25th September 2016
Location: Victoria Pier
The Children's Food Festival returns for 2016!

Lots of fun for little foodies with hands-on making and activities to excite and engage.


Beach BBQ Cook Off - 24th to 25th September 2016
Location: Victoria Pier
Former Masterchef contestant and Aussie barbecue specialist, Kieron James, returns with the Beach BBQ Cook Off.

Two chefs are challenged on their barbecue and marinating skills, and also with a mystery bag of seasonal British game meats. Cheer on your favourite!


Live Food Show - 24th to 25th September 2016
Location: Victoria Pier
The creme de la creme of Guernsey’s chefs cook up a storm on the Live Food Show stage, alongside guest chefs from France, India, the UK and USA.

Each chef will demo a couple of their favourite dishes followed by a Five Minute healthy eating challenge using ingredients from the festival store cupboard.

The Live Food Show stage also features the finals of the Guernsey Cocktail Mix Off Competition and Guernsey Dairy Kiosk of the Year, the Extreme Food Challenge packed with the weird and wonderful cuisines of the world, and the Dogs Dinner Contest for our four-legged friends.

Entry is free.


Big Guernsey Market - 24th to 25th September 2016
Location: Victoria Pier
The Channel Island’s biggest food and drink event of the year lands on Crown Pier for two epic days of food and drink.

We’re back on Crown Pier for the Channel Island’s biggest annual food event. Around 40 Guernsey restaurants and producers, alongside guest chefs and street food, will be sampling and selling everything from fresh local seafood to artisan gin and tonics.

Entry is free.


Shake Your Own Cocktail Bar - 24th to 25th September 2016
Location: Victoria Pier
A new addition to the festival line-up, create your own perfect cocktail using the flavour wheel and a selection of spirits, mixers and botanicals.

We’ll have the experts on hand including Katherine Payne from Haut Maison, Luke Wheadon from Wheadon gin, Sarah Thompson of Blackdown Artisan Spirits and James Le Gallez of Aperitif.


Ridgeview Wine & Game Gala Dinner - 24th September 2016
Location: The Old Government House Hotel
Channel Islands Chef of the Year 2016, Simon Mckenzie of the Old Government House hotel, is joined by a special guest chef for a gala dinner.

Featuring the best of seasonal game meats, each perfectly paired with an award-winning sparkling English wine from the Ridgeview Estate in Sussex, presented by Tom Surgey.

This event was very popular during the 2015 Festival and is sure to be a sell-out once again - get your tickets early!


Three Chefs Go To The Pub - 26th September 2016
Location: The Golden Lion
Raise a glass to three iconic British pubs: Coronation Street’s Rovers Return, Emmerdale’s Woolpack and Eastender’s Queen Vic.

Our three Guernsey chefs are challenged to come up with a quirky dish representing their favourite soap pub, alongside a pub quiz with a difference hosted by the Golden Lion.


Guernsey Ale Trail - 27th & 29th September 2016
Location: St Peter Port Town Centre
Walking tour of St Peter Port visiting five pubs, sampling a half of local beer at each and accompanying stories.

A fun way to explore St Peter Port whilst enjoying beer and food matching.


Food Lab - 27th September 2016
Location: The Duke of Richmond Hotel
Five producers, five chefs, five dishes. The festival’s most creative dining experience!

Randomly matching kitchen and production talent for a never-to-be-repeated gourmet meal at the Duke of Richmond.

This event was very popular during the 2015 Festival, and will sure to be a sell out again this year. Be sure to buy your tickets early!


Sark Foraging Weekend - 30th September to 2nd October 2016
Location: Sark Island
John Wright, the renowned forager of River Cottage fame, is returning to guide us around the hedgerows, fields and seashores of Sark.

The weekend will start with an introductory talk by John in the Smuggler’s bar at Stocks on Friday evening. Following breakfast on Saturday morning the guided seashore forage will start from Stocks Hotel at 9:30am followed by the guided field & hedgerow forage in the afternoon. After an eventful day in the field, there will be a cooking demonstration by the Stocks Hotel chef assisted by John who will explain how to prepare the food that you have gathered. The dinner menu will include the varieties you have foraged, supplemented by some other seasonal, local delicacies.

Visit the Stocks Hotel website for more information.


Autumn Gourmet Weekend On Herm Island - 30th September to 2nd October 2016
Location: Herm Island
Enjoy a wonderful autumn gourmet experience at the White House Hotel in Herm, dining in the Two Rosette Conservatory Restaurant.

This break includes two 6-course gourmet evening meals with wines served at each course to complement the dishes. Full English breakfast is served on both mornings, with Sunday lunch served prior to departure.


Make Your Case - 30th September 2016
Location: St James Concert Hall
Mixed up, messed up, madness. Make Your Case at St James is our ‘punk’ drinks tasting evening featuring vintners, sommeliers, brewers and distillers.

Each has just three minutes to present their drink to you ‘blind’, whilst we ask you to score on both taste and presentation, and enjoy sharing platters from Sueco.

Make Your Case is wine, beer and spirit tasting with a difference!


Guernsey Gourmet Bus Tour - 1st October 2016
Location: Island Wide
All-aboard for our whistle-stop tour of Guernsey’s producers.

Go behind-the-scenes on our hosted tour at some of the island’s leading food and drink makers, including a slap-up local produce lunch.

A must-do for anyone who loves great food and drink.


Meadow Court Farm Tour - 1st October 2016
Location: Meadow Court Farm
Take a tour around one of Guernsey’s traditional working farms and taste for yourself the freshness of their quality local dairy produce.

This is a great opportunity to see the renowned Guernsey breed in its natural island home and baby calves at just a few weeks old.

Meadow Court Farm is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of the island near the Little Chapel and has won many environmental awards in recognition of the work that has done.

Visit the Meadow Court Farm website for more information.


Oktober Feast Weekender Including The Guernsey Beer & Cider Festival - 1st to 2nd October 2016
Location: Market Square
Join us in Market Place for three days of great local and international beers and ciders, alongside music and entertainment, world street food and daytime fun for little foodies.

Free entry - beers priced individually.


Wild Foraging Workshop - 2nd October 2016
Location: Rocquaine Bay
Gather wild food, taste it raw - then transform the foraged ingredients into a recipe worth remembering for a family picnic or dinner party.

Identify sea herbs, sea vegetables and sample a treat made up from the things that you find.

Tickets are available from Wild Guernsey


Cocktail Lab - 2nd October 2016
Location: The Golden Lion
We’re throwing together a handful of cocktail mixologists and a smattering of talented young chefs upstairs at the Golden Lion to come up with new taste sensations.

It may be a drink, it may be a tasting dish… it may be both. It’s down to you to decide which pairing tickles your taste buds!

This is sure to be something very different - more details will be anounced soon!


Where to stay

Most events will happen in and around St Peter Port, so why not base yourself in the Old Government House Hotel and Spa (Old Government House Hotel) to enjoy the best table in the island or The Best Western Moores Central Hotel (Best Western Moores Hotel) which is comfortably close to The Ship and Crown a very popular pub which overlooks the marina and serves some great traditional food.

In any case don't miss it!

Recommended Accommodation

Grange Lodge Hotel

The Grange Lodge Hotel has been owned and operated by the Mansell Family since 1924 and offers a home away from home. The high ceilings and lovely guest lounges provide a pleasant and cosy atmosphere. The hotel is conveniently within walking distance of St. Peter Port’s centre.

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Duke of Richmond Hotel

The Duke of Richmond is a 4 star hotel situated close to St. Peter Port town centre, featuring a large sun terrace, outdoor swimming pool and popular bar and restaurant.

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Best Western Hotel de Havelet

The Best Western Hotel de Havelet is a beautiful Georgian house on the outskirts of St Peter Port town centre. The hotel features an indoor swimming pool, restaurant and grill.

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Cobo Bay Hotel

The Cobo Bay is a fantastic beachfront hotel in a fabulous location, facing the ocean on the west coast of Guernsey. The hotel features an award winning restaurant and stunning views over the sea and beach opposite.

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Best Western Moores Hotel

The Best Western Moores Hotel is only a stone's throw from St. Peter Port harbour and sea front, providing guests with a perfect base from which to explore Guernsey.

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Old Government House Hotel & Spa

Fantastically located in the centre of St. Peter Port, The Old Government House is the only establishment in Guernsey to offer 5 star luxury including extensive Spa facilities.

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Marton Guest House

The Marton Guest House offers a quiet escape from the busier areas of St. Peter Port, featuring terraced woodland gardens in which to relax after a long day exploring Guernsey.

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Duke of Normandie Hotel

The Duke of Normandie is a 3 star boutique hotel in Guernsey's town centre, featuring a popular bar, a beer garden and a sunny courtyard.

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Les Rocquettes Hotel

Les Rocquettes Hotel is a popular 3 star hotel on the outskirts of St. Peter Port, family-owned and run since 1946. The hotel features an extensive leisure complex and swimming pool.

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La Frégate Hotel

La Frégate is Guernsey’s finest boutique hotel, perfect for anything from a romantic break to a business trip. The hotel offers an incredibly atmospheric setting and fantastic views over the town, harbour and neighbouring islands.

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Dates

23rd September to 2nd October 2016

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