The upcoming year’s foodie calendar is marked with openings, reopenings, notable festivals and so much more. Firstly, with the Michelin food guide’s release of its debut Seoul edition, we’re looking forward to what’s hot and happening in South Korea’s bustling metropolis. Twenty-four restaurants were awarded stars, with two bestowed with the coveted three-star rating: La Yeon in the Hotel Shilla and Gaon in the Gangnam district.
In other Michelin news, the United Kingdom’s self-proclaimed oldest Indian restaurant, Veeraswamy, was given its first Michelin star, making it a worthy must-visit next year.
Equally deserving of a detour is the Dubai Food Festival. Starting 23 February and running until 11 March, it is the Middle East’s only city-wide food festival – the ideal event for the whole family.
Also happening in March is the release of Bartesian, a brand-new pod-style cocktail maker fit for every home. Fill it up with your spirits — vodka, gin, rum and tequila— and let it do all the shaking and stirring (pre-order now).
We expect interesting things from Nordic Spirits Lab in 2017. An innovative new collaboration between some of the region’s best mixologists and thinkers with the aim of experimenting and concocting new flavours and concepts, it debuted with an intriguing gin hybrid with Akvavit botanicals.
In April stay tuned for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards held in Melbourne on the fifth of the month. Last year, Massimo Bottura came out on top — who will be his successor?
Flash forward to summer in Munich when Taste of Munich brings the region’s best chefs together for three days (20 - 23 July) of what is essentially a premium picnic concept in the city’s massive English Garden.
Later in the year, world-renowned NOMA reopens with a new location and urban farm concept in Denmark.
And finally, this year the New York institution that is the Four Seasons Restaurant shut its doors after over 50 years. It is expected to reopen — just a few blocks away — sometime in the fall.