Grand Restaurant Festival highlights super-foods

The ninth edition will feature new Yummy Experiences

The ninth annual Grand Restaurant Festival will take place Jan. 15 to Feb. 28, 2018. Visitors can expect special degustation menus at 89 restaurants across the Czech Republic selected from Pavel Maurer’s Grand Restaurant Guide.

The motto for the upcoming festival is "superfood at super prices!”

Superfoods use plant or meat ingredients that have beneficial effects on health. They have high concentrations of nutrients, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. These foods include, for example, fermented vegetables, bee products, various spices and wild herbs, seaweed, as well as some meat products such as liver, game, and lamb.

Chefs at restaurants participating in the Grand Restaurant Festival 2018 are inspired by the concept and have superfoods on their degustation menus.

“The chefs really embraced the subject. In addition to classic dishes, we can taste seaweed, dessert from baobab, many types of fish, Abyssinian gluten-free flour, reishi mushroom, as well as our local superfoods such as seaberries, mulberries or milk thistle prepared in the most creative ways,” festival founder Pavel Maurer said.

The Grand Restaurant Festival will also offer something special this time called Yummy Experiences.

The first of these will be a superfood banquet on Jan. 15 at the French Restaurant in the Municipal House, which is also the opening of the festival.

Another Yummy Experience is Fauna & Flora & Aqua, where people can visit the new Levitate Restaurant and sample an eight-course superfood menu. There is also a tour of Vietnamese shops at the SAPA market, where people can also see a Buddhist temple and attend a cooking class using local ingredients and superfoods.

The experience called Genius Loci takes place in the center of Prague, with visits to Aquarius Restaurant, CottoCrudo in the Four Seasons and Café de Paris.

In the experience called Asian Temple — the Scent and Taste of Asia, people can explore Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Indonesian and Indian cuisine, There will be a teppanyaki show and a sushi workshop.

Thanks to the Yummy Walk called In Vino Veritas, people can visit the famous restaurant U Malířů 1543 and the Romanesque cellars of Le Terroir for tasting dishes and top wines.

A trip called Yummy Mountain will also go outside of Prague to Pec pod Sněžkou, a place known for skiing and wellness. People will visit Hotel Horizont and Lesní boudu to taste cuisine from the Krkonoše Mountains and superfoods from a local farm. Festival founder Pavel Maurer will participate in the Yummy Experiences.

People can also do their own explorations with Yummy Packages, which combine top culinary experiences with accommodations in exceptional locations. There are also special yummy offers for brunch in several locations.

The Grand Restaurant Festival will support the Arhuaco indigenous people who are seeking to gain their own territory in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains of Colombia. Part of the festival’s proceeds will go to this cause.

Advance sales for the festival start Dec. 1, and people can buy tickets and gift vouchers for basic, two-course or three-course tastings with beverages, as well as for the Yummy Experiences.

For more information visit www.grandrestaurantfestival.cz.

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