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Calendars at the ready, May is all all about variety when it comes to exciting food events around the globe. From the word's biggest grilling contest in Memphis to Michelin starred dinners lakeside, there's something to tempt most appetites!
So book your tickets and pack your bags - here are the unmissable dates this month:
Global Food Events in May 2017
Care's - The Chef Ethical Days
From May 21 to 24, the beautiful island of Salina, in the Aeolian archipelago of Italy, will host the summer edition of CARE's - The Chef ethical Days.
The focus of the four days, involving 18 chefs from around the world with journalists and industry experts, will be the attention and protection (the idea of "Take Care of"), of the sea rather than the mountains this time round. Chef Norbert Niederkofler, creator of Care's,found synergy with Martina Caruso of the Hotel Signum on Salina and the Tasca d'Almerita family of Capofaro Resort, as well as similarities with its "Dolomites": both landscapes are UNESCO heritage areas, rich in parks and nature reserves, with territorial enhancement policies.
The event program includes moments of comparison, exclusive dinners, land and sea excursions, fishing, or foraging, tasting and masterclass cooking, with the participation of chefs such as Andrea Berton, Moreno Cedroni, Pino Cuttaia and Giuseppe Iannotti from Italy, David Kimch from the United States and Andreas Caminada from Switzerland.
Find out more on the website.
Terroir Chef Symposium, Berlin
Internationally acclaimed chefs, including Ana Ros the World's Best Female Chef, gather in Berlin from 13 to 16 May 2017 for S.Pellegrino sponsored, Terroir Berlin. Four days of workshops, meetings, dinners and tastings will unfold in collaboration with some of Berlin’s best restaurants, making it an exciting opportunity to listen, talk, taste and debate the future of the evolving Berlin food scene.
Find our more here, including how to book dinners and tickets for the main talk.
What Terroir Berlin
Where Berlin, Germany
When 13 to 16 May, 2017
Terroir Chef Symposium, Toronto
The 11th annual Terroir Symposium takes place in Toronto, set to attract over 1,000 chefs, food and beverage experts, producers, writers and business leaders helping to celebrate 150 years of Canada through presentations by Canadians — nationally and abroad — and take in the history, leadership and diversity of the Canadian culinary landscape.
What Terroir Toronto
Where Art Gallery of Ontario
When 29 May, 2017
Six-Course Beach Dinner with Tim Butler, W Koh Samui, Thailand
Eat Me star Tim Butler will present a six course beach dinner at W Koh Samui on 19-20 May Bangkok in collaboration with Sanpellegrino.
The menu includes dishes like a hamachi crudo, the Italian version of sashimi, charred squid with chorizo and capsicum, Omi Beef in tataki style and a course of smoked beef tongue with tripe and black garlic aioli.
May 20 will also feature a fashion show, a DJ and mixologist.
For further information and bookings for the special two-day event at W Koh Samui, email Peeraya.firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 0819567878.
Food for Soul - Cooking is a Call to Act, Los Angeles
Five internationally renowned chefs debate food sustainability during the S.Pellegrino sponsored highlights of Los Angeles Times Food Bowl on 5 May.
Massimo Bottura (Osteria Francescana), Mario Batali (B&B Hospitality Group), Roy Choi (Kogi), Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn) and Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill) will all take to the stage to share their personal visions on shaking-up the food system, in what is set to be a rousing event.
What Food for Soul
Where The Ace Theatre at the Ace Hotel, LA
When 5 May, 2017
An exciting collaboration is due to unfold in Restaurant Mosaic on 24 and 25 May when Chantal Dartnall hosts Gregory Czarnecki and team, from Restaurant at Waterkloof , for two nights of unforgettable dinners at her restaurant Mosaic in Pretoria, South Africa. The four hands dinner of joint creative forces will offer lucky diners an unforgettable culinary feast of 8 courses served in the belle epoque styled interiors.
What Four Hands Dinner with Chantel Dartnall and Gregory Czarnecki
Where Mosiac Restaurant, Pretoria, South Africa
When 24 and 25 May, 2017
World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, Memphis
Get your grill on at the world's biggest annual BBQ competition in Memphis at the 40th World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest from 17-20 May. Teams from over 25 states different countries will compete in the biggest cook off on the planet.
What Memphis World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest
When 17 to 20 May, 2017
Where Memphis, USA
Ubud Festival, Bali
Returning for its third year from 12-14 May Indonesian chefs, restaurateurs, producers and food professionals, celebrated culinary icons from around the world will dish three days of fresh tastes and ideas at this S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna sponsored three day festival in the uplands of Bali.
This year's theme of "Every flavor is a story" helps celebrate Indonesia’s rich culinary heritage, in which every ingredient, recipe and culinary tradition tells a story.
What Ubud Festival
When 12 to 14 May
Where Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience is one of the Big Easy's top events, showcasing what the city does best during its annual eclectic food led festivities. Celebrating its 25th Anniversary from 25 to 28 May this year. Take your pick of events from wine tastings to burlesque and cake!
What New Orleans Wine & Food Experience
When 25 to 28 May, 2017
Where New Orleans, USA
All aboard the Presidential Train in Portugal for a luxury rail trip through the Alto Douro wine region while enjoying a four course tasting menu from a Michelin starred chef. This months line-up includes: Esben Holmoe Bang of Oslo’s Maaemo, Norway's only three star restaurant (3-7 May), local star chef Pedro Lemos (10 and 11 May), and João Rodrigues of Lisbon’s one Michelin star Feitoria restaurant (12-14 May). Tickets cost €500 per person and are available from The Presidential website.
Get your eat on for the third ever edition of the Harlem EatUp for four days of sights, flavours, sounds where food, art and culture are guaranteed to converge in spectacular fashion from15 to 21 May 2017. This year's chef line-up includes Daniel Boulud and Dominique Crenn.
Where Harlem, New York City
When 15 to 21 May
S.Pellegrino Sapori Ticino Dinners, Ticino
The exclusive Ticino dinners continue apace throughout May, kicking off with a special night from S.Pellegrino Young Chefs on 3 May in Lugano following on with a multitude of one off special dinners with the likes of Claudio Sadler, Patrizia di Benedetto and Martin Dalsass.
The biennual celebration of the sea returns to the old Italian port of Genova in Liguria, with Slow Fish held from 18 to 21 May. Expect fish markets, food trucks and internatinoal conferences on sustainability as well as master classes on fish and chef tastings and international workshops.
What Slow Fish
When 18-21 May
Where Porto Antico di Genova
Cannes Film Festival Premieres Guiltero Marchesi Film
One of the World's most famous film festivals set on the spectacular French Riviera celebrates 70 years, with S.Pellegrino - the official water of the event - honouring the founder of modern Italian cuisine Gualtiero Marchesi, with an exclusive preview of Gualtiero Marchesi: The Great Italian on 26 May, a film dedicated to the remarkable chef’s life and professional achievements.