Crystal Announces 11th Annual Wine & Food Festival

Ana Figueroa Crystal Cruises has announced details of its 11th Annual Wine & Food Festival. The 2007 series of cruises will include celebrated chefs such as Neal Fraser of California’s Grace, Craig Higgins of Botswana’s Mombo Camp Resort and world-renowned winemaker Christian Moueix. The festival wil

By: Ana Figueroa

Crystal Cruises has announced details of its 11th Annual Wine & Food Festival. The 2007 series of cruises will include celebrated chefs such as Neal Fraser of California’s Grace, Craig Higgins of Botswana’s Mombo Camp Resort and world-renowned winemaker Christian Moueix. The festival will also feature James Beard Award winners such as A Voce’s Andrew Carmellini and chef André Soltner, along with culinary-themed shore side excursions. Food and wine journalists also join the 2007 program, including Bon Appétit’s Editor-in-Chief Barbara Fairchild and broadcaster Carolyn O’Neil.

The 2007 series aboard the Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony features 11 diverse voyages of 10 to 17 days through the Panama Canal, Caribbean, South America, Africa & the Red Sea, Western Europe, the Mediterranean, and New England/Canada.

During each cruise, A-list chefs are paired with the finest names in wine to host cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, share recipes and cooking tips, and prepare a four-course gala dinner spotlighting the signature cuisine of each guest chef. Complementing most itineraries is a collection of culinary-themed Crystal Adventures, ranging from an outdoor evening dining experience in the Dubai desert to lunch at the Michelin-starred Relais Château Saint-James in Bordeaux.

Culinary voyages scheduled for the first half of 2007 include a January 12 South America cruise from Miami to Valparaíso aboard Crystal Serenity. The cruise will feature Loretta Barrett Oden, Native American chef and food historian and host of PBS series Seasoned With Spirit: A Native Cook’s Journey. A Feb. 11 Bon Appétit Culinary Cruise from Miami to Los Angeles on Crystal Symphony will feature Neal Fraser, executive chef/owner, and Eduardo Carreiro, wine director both of GRACE, Los Angeles, named one of “LA’s 25 Best Restaurants” by Condé Nast Traveler. And, a March 3 Africa cruise from Cape Town to Dubai on Crystal Serenity will feature Craig Higgins, executive chef of the acclaimed Mombo Camp Resort in Botswana.

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