Koh Samui is once again showing its credentials as a top gourmet destinations with the launch today of the 3rd Samui Fine Dining Festival, a two-month-long event that will showcase a selection of the island's finest restaurants run both by international brands and a growing number of high-end, independent operators.
Organised by the Cool Genie Group, the annual event brings together hotels, resorts, stand-alone restaurants and suppliers to offer a selection of special menus. Participating restaurants this year include the Banyan Tree, Beach Republic, Chef's Table, Dining on the Rocks, Le Jaroen, Nikki Beach, Ochos at Akaryn Samui Resort, Orgasmic, Rockpool, Sala Samui, Sui Kin Pan Asian, The Barge Fine Dining, The Edge, The Five Islands, The Terrace, Tree Tops and Zazen.
"It is a dining extravaganza with the participation of 18 top Samui restaurants and each restaurant offers a six-course fine-dining menu," said festival organiser Horst Hornung. "Consequently, every day there are 18 options for a six-course dinner at some of the most spectacular locations on the island."
To open the festival in style there will be a gala dinner this evening at the Banyan Tree featuring a menu paired with five different champagne vintages. Another highlight promises to be a fine-dining dinner at Nikki Beach on March 22 with free-flow champagne courtesy of Lombard.
"Diners get value, exclusivity and originality, as every evening the restaurants and an elite of international chefs present the best they have to offer," Hornung added.
"A menu consists of a cold starter, hot starter, fish course, sorbet, meat course and dessert. They are priced from 2,800 to 3,500 baht and there are no extra costs for service charge or government tax. For wine lovers, the menus are offered with matching wines for each course. But you can also just order dishes from a particular menu and beverages from that restaurant's wine or drink lists."
For more information, visit www.samuifinediningfestival.com