Prepare to enjoy the 23rd annual Monte-Carlo Gastronomy fair. This foodie trade show offers visitors the opportunity to taste and buy a special selection of products from around Europe just a few days before the festive season. The fair is taking place at the Espace Fontvieille from Friday, November 23rd to Monday, November 26th.

The Monte-Carlo Gastronomie is one fantastic occasion to access over 100 French, Italian and European gastronomic producers spread out over 2,500 m2. Four days of delicious variety and fun animations to fulfill your year-long dreams of gastronomy.

A special competition for the 2018 edition

This year, the gastronomic fair will be hosting its first ever culinary competition. Dubbed “Maestro Chef,” the competition was created and organized by Caroli Com and will take place from Friday, November 23rd to Sunday, November 25th.

According to the fair’s official website:

“Eight amateur cooks will be able to demonstrate their talents in front of great chefs by producing three recipes (one per day) offered by the Monaco Goût et Saveurs Association, represented by Joël Garault, former starred chef of the Hôtel Hermitage’s Vistamar and Jury President.

The recipes will be revealed to the candidates on the day of the event. Each candidate will have a basket of fresh produce and a limited time to make the recipes. At the end of the first day, four candidates will be nominated to play in the semifinal on Saturday, November 24, where two candidates will be chosen to play the grand final of Sunday, November 25th.

The jury is composed of great chefs, M.O.F. (Meilleur Ouvrier de France) as well as non-professionals randomly selected from the public. Come and attend this first contest!”

Gastronomy first and forever

Aside from the competition, the fair is an opportunity to discover fine products from French, Italian, and various European suppliers.

Expect to find a range of wines, champagne, cognac, Armagnac, and liqueurs. And not to forget all the good eats like salmon, foie gras, seafood, truffles, caviar, chocolates, macaroons, cheeses, cured meats, organic, jams, and just about anything else your heart might desire. There will also be tableware and kitchenware presentations.

Other festivities will include:

– Presentations of newly created recipes by top international chefs around a theme. This aspect of the fair is renewed annually and happens in front of a live audience.
– Buckling presentation by the A.M.I.R.A. association,
– Presentations of the Slow Food Riviera Côte d’Azur Award and the Special Jury Prize. These prizes go to exhibitors to celebrate the quality products, respect for tradition, and innovations on display at the fair.
– Presentation of the Gastronomic Editors Prize for wine and champagne producers. The jury for this prize is composed of journalists, editors, and professionals sommeliers.

 Espace Fontvieille from Friday, November 23rd to Monday, November 26th -9 AM to 6 PM.