Culinary experiences

Vila Vita Parc luxury resort, near Porches, is hosting a weekend of culinary enjoyment on May 10-12 highlighting its participation in Rota das Estrelas, Portugal’s most prestigious gourmet festival.

Highlights of the weekend include a gourmet dinner in Vila Vita’s two-Michelin star Ocean Restaurant, prepared by chef Hans Neuner and guest chef Jacob-Jan Boerma from the two-Michelin star De Leest Restaurant in the Netherlands (May 12); Wine & Dine Affairs Party featuring renowned international wineries and guest chefs from Portugal, Italy, Germany, Austria, Spain, France and the Netherlands (May 10), exclusive port wine and cheese dinner in Cave de Vinhos, the resort’s gothic wine cellar (May 11); Portuguese specialties menu in Adega, the resort’s traditional Portuguese restaurant (May 11); Wine tasting and lunch at Herdade dos Grous, Vila Vita Parc’s award-winning vineyard and country estate in the Alentejo, with Portuguese guest chef (May 11); Gin Night in Oasis Bar (May 11); and Junior Master Chef competition for 6 to 16 year olds (May 12).

The culinary weekend, which will involve a variety of partners and sponsors showcasing food, wine, spirits, champagne, cocktails and cigars marks Vila Vita Parc’s participation in Rota das Estrelas – the Route of the Stars.

Rota das Estrelas was launched in 2010, as a way of introducing Portugal’s leading chefs to a wider audience. Other Michelin-starred venues participating in the festival, which runs until November, include hotels and restaurants in the Algarve, Lisbon, Cascais, Amarante, Porto and Madeira.