The sixth annual International Gourmet Festival will be taking place in Portugal's stunning Algarve region in 2012. One of the most popular gastronomy events on the continent, the festival exclusively features Michelin-starred chefs from all Europe, there to honour the best in international cuisine. Each chef will contribute a tasting menu with wine pairings and other festivities include a golf tournament on one of the region's famous courses, cooking workshops and a Go-Kart race just for the chefs. The Vila Joya Resort will be hosting the event, which takes place from the 12th to the 22nd of January 2012.
For those looking for a place to stay while their taste buds are tempted for ten days, Premier Holidays has a beautiful collection of Algarve holiday villas, perfectly situated to attend the International Gourmet Festival. Casa Girasole is located just outside the small town of Guia, which is close to the site of the festival and also famed for its quintessential Algarvian restaurants. The beautiful villa sleeps up to seven people, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The living space is open-plan and contemporary, with a modern kitchen perfect for trying out a few of the chef's recipes from the festival. A furnished outdoor area also boasts a charcoal barbecue and the property has a luxurious private pool (with optional heating for a small fee).
Another Algarve villa, Casa Belmira would suit a smaller party, with the capacity to sleep five people (four adults and one child). This single-storey villa resides in the Quinta dos Alamos community, also close to Guia and Albufeira, and with easy access by car to Vila Joya. A water park and the Zoomarine theme park are located close by, as well as the opportunity to swim with dolphins on the coast. The kitchen is well-equipped for a self-catering holiday and an outdoor dining area provides the perfect spot for supper after a long day of golf and wine tasting.
To enjoy Michelin-starred chefs during the day and a luxurious villa by night, Monte dos Avos is the ideal choice. This newly-constructed villa is located a little way out of Albufeira in Alcantarilha, but the distance towards the festival remains fairly equal. It stands imperiously on a small hill so residents may enjoy a stunning panoramic view over the grounds, the swimming pool and the surrounding fruit trees. The villa sleeps eight people in four bedrooms and is an attractive property for a group of friends wanting to enjoy the mouth watering feasts that the International Gourmet Festival will undoubtedly provide.