Patrik Kimpel, which last fall for the Crown Castle his cooked one Michelin star, traditionally supplemented the tasting with a lunch. Participants at this event are mostly convinced repeat offenders, about two-thirds of the guests take part every year again. Another highly prized wine event was Opus one, were tasted 10 vintages of the expensive and highly rated wine from the United States where the rarities tasting. Overall the guests tend to book one of the lunchtime events increased this year again: one only exception were all booked out lunches. The big rush on tickets for the Welcome Party, where nine chefs from the Rhine-Main region live cooked at their booths was the event fully booked one of the first in this year and fitted with long waiting lists this year was exceptional. A great success was also the party of closing, where as always eight Jeunes restauranteurs members together with House cooked Kimpel, 20 wineries presented themselves and three live bands mood provided. Each 450 guests came to the two parties.
Organizer H. B. Ullrich, draws a positive balance: this festival also showed again that we set the right priorities, by the accompaniment of the events with international top-quality wines and top plants from the Rheingau, our program and are attractive for visitors from the region as well as from all over Germany and abroad. 37 events of tastings to cooking dinners were booked, almost up to the last place filled we have achieved an incredible booking rate of 94 percent most of the others in 2011.” Ullrich has however no time to rest on the laurels of this year’s Festival. The planning for the RHEINGAU GOURMET & wine 2012 is FESTIVAL already underway. The star guest it is set: the next year three-star chef Thomas Keller of the United States will take part, leading with the French Laundry in California and Per Se in New York equal to two three-star restaurants and will count towards the main cooks of the world. The RHEINGAU GOURMET & wine FESTIVAL is the most important consumer Culinary Festival in Europe. Two weeks presented world famous chefs such as Hirohisa Koyama, Jean-Georges Klein or Lisl Wagner-Bacher their culinary creations, and leading winemakers ensure the right wine pairing. Each year, the festival attracts more than 6,000 gourmets from all over the world. The hotel Crown Castle in Eltville-Hattenheim is turning and linchpin of the 14-day Festival.