An amazing taste experience with S.Pellegrino at the Cannes Film Festival
Cannes has long been the playground of the rich and famous with the highlight of the summer season being the Cannes Film Festival. This year I was invited to attend thanks to official sponsor San Pellegrino in association with Nestle and Nespresso. It was to be an exciting calendar of events all designed to launch their inaugural Taste Experience of Cannes, part of their Itineraries of Taste initiative where they present the world on a plate to food and travel lovers alike. The virtual platform encourages interaction from people around the world and provides exclusive Taste Guides for more than 30 exciting cities. There is also an S.Pellegrino club for those who are passionate about food and life giving access to premium content. With hidden gems, markets and restaurants loved by locals, there is a lot to explore and you can find out more about it on the Itineraries Of Taste page.
San Pellegrino had brought together a collective of global digital influencers and it all began with our arrival to the Hotel Montaigne (4, rue Montaigne 06400) in Cannes on a sunny Friday afternoon. Our home for the next few days was a very comfortable 4* hotel with excellent facilities including a spa, indoor pool and restaurant and situated a 5 minute walk from the red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival itself.
Five Seas Hotel
Our first taste of Cannes began on the rooftop terrace, complete with swimming pool, of the Five Seas Hotel. With a choice of cocktails all incorporating the range of San Pellegrino drinks it was a perfect start to the weekend and for once the weather was playing ball with me, glorious!
After getting to know a few of my fellow influencers it was time for a quick walk along the promenade of La Croisette to the S.Pellegrino beach.
Our destination on the S.Pellegrino beach was the beautiful Nespresso restaurant. With walls that slid away to give direct access to the beach it was glasses of Piper Heidseick champagne and sand between our toes.
Our dinner this evening was designed by Italian chefs Simone Tondo and Giovanni Passerini. Creating a fusion of French and Italian dining it was a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds. My favourite of the courses were the Oxtail Ravioli with Peas and the Yoghurt Ice Cream with Cherries and Basil. The red (and raw) crawfish was a first for me, I couldn’t decide if I was keen or not and the Turbot was deliciously meaty, served alongside white asparagus. I enjoyed the fish although for my taste I like a bit more seasoning.
Walking around Cannes
Day 2 of our trip saw us with the morning to explore at leisure. The waterfront and La Croisette ( the main shopping and dining area of Cannes) was a gentle stroll from the hotel and the weather was once again perfect. When the Cannes Film Festival is on especially, there are so many expensive yachts to see in the port that the amount of money floating around is quite breath-taking. These super yachts are of course home to many of the rich and famous whilst they attend the Festival. There is access for all down at the harbour so you can get up close and personal with how the wealthy like to spend their time away from home.
After taking a walk around the harbour I headed up towards the end of town. Here you can get a wonderful overview of Cannes in all it’s glory.
For food lovers there are a plethora of shops and markets to discover. Armed with my Itineraries of Taste Guidebook I retraced my steps back in to the centre of town and started at Le Fromage Gourmet. As recommended by Alain Ducasse, it is a tiny but oh so tantalising cheese shop. With small-scale producers supplying the shop directly you are encouraged to try, I highly recommend the cheeses from the Savoie region, delicious!
Also check the Forville Market, Tuesday to Sunday. An indoor market by the town hall, it is a veritable gastronomic treat and a great place to pick up your supplies for a picnic.
Our lunch for Saturday was at the Villa Ratapoil. With a stunning architectural façade and private pool it was an oasis of calm after my dash around town.
Starting with a glass of champagne……..
……we were treated to a 5 course lunch that started with Gravalax of Salmon with Beetroot and Horseradish Cream.
The pasta course was a Green Vegetable Risotto w/Fava Beans, Baby Artichokes & Poached Chicken. This was my favourite course, so full of flavours.
All that amazing food was accompanied by a lovely piano player who added to an already perfect day so far.
As we made our way back to the hotel we were given an extra special surprise. There were hair and make-up artists available if we wished to help us get ready for the big event – walking the red carpet itself to the last night’s premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.
Majestic Hotel and the Kering Rooftop
With the ladies dressed in their gowns and the men looking suitably handsome in their tuxedos it was time for a cocktail reception on the Kering rooftop of the exclusive Majestic Hotel.
The canapés were some of the most beautifully crafted canapés I have had the pleasure of being served, absolutely stunning!
With views like this as the moon makes its ascendance it is easy too see why Cannes is such a popular destination
It was time for the main event…….
Montee des Marches
………the Montee des Marches (walking the red carpet) and the premiere of Forushande. A film by Iranian Director Asghar Farhadi who received a Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for his movie ‘A Seperation’. Forushande is the story of a couple whose relationship begins to turn sour during their performance of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.
On the famed carpet after getting papped….
Time for a quick selfie at the top of the stairs
Premiere of Forushande
Inside the theatre we are able to watch the Director and actors arrive on the red carpet
The direction and acting in the movie were fantastic with Asghar Farhadi taking the award for Best Screenplay and leading man Shahab Hosseini awarded Best Performance By An Actor at the Cannes Film Festival Awards. Although it was quite a long film the audience responded well with a lengthy standing ovation as the credits rolled.
Between the beauty of Cannes, the amazing cuisine and the chance to attend a Cannes premiere it was an experience, thanks to S.Pellegrino, that I will always remember as one of my best trips to date. What an amazing weekend I cant wait to go back!