If you are a travel-loving foodie, November is the month to visit the island of St Barthelemy (aka St Barts or St Barth). The month starts with the Caribbean Rum Awards Nov 1-6, followed closely by the St Barth Gourmet Festival Nov 8-13. November ends with Thanksgiving week when local chefs put a Thanksgiving spin on local dishes.
The St Barth Gourmet Festival is now in its 10th year. As in prior years, highly rated chefs from the US and Europe are invited to set up residence in top restaurants on the island. For 4 nights, each chef prepares multi-course tasting menus, available on a prix-fixe basis. It is a bucket list event for travel-loving foodies… and if you want in, you should start planning now!
The chefs flying in to participate in the event represent the best of the best in the world of fine French dining. Among them, some run of the most revered restaurants in France, and are owners of multiple Michelin stars.
You can expect the chefs participating in the St Barth Gourmet Festival to walk out into the dining room before or after the meal to tell the diners about the dishes. It’s a wonderful opportunity to hear a world-class chef talk passionately about food.
To see the list of participating chefs from prior years, visit these event recaps.
Travelers wishing to stay in a private villa during this event should contact WIMCO Villas’ reservation desk at 401-849-8012 or check St Barts villa availability online. WIMCO represents 360 private villas with pools on St Barts, and its on-island team of seasoned concierges provides 24/7 service to each client during their stay.
There is good news for those of you planning to visit St Barts in November. WIMCO Villas has a special travel offer that ties into the Gourmet Festival. For any villa reservation of 7 nights or more, they will provide you with a complementary array of gourmet foods and beverages from Atelier Joel Robuchon. The provisions are scaled to the size of your group and are stocked in your fridge just prior to your arrival. The provisions have a value of $100 per person. Those of you who plan to dine out on your first evening can choose to accept a complimentary rental car instead.