The picturesque village of Carmel-by-the-Sea is once again hosting its annual Carmel Culinary Week from May 31-June 8, 2024. This event promises to be fit for every foodie, showcasing the best of local cuisine in a setting known for its exceptional dining landscape.

Situated in Monterey County, Carmel-by-the-Sea boasts more restaurants per capita than any other small city in the U.S., making it a veritable hotspot for gourmands. Carmel Culinary Week puts the village’s unique food and wine scene on display, with regional ingredients from Salinas Valley and Monterey County front and center.

The village’s culinary scene has earned national and international acclaim, with local establishments like Chez Noir receiving a Michelin star and James Beard recognition and others, like Aubergine and Yafa, flaunting Michelin awards. This year, the event welcomes newcomers such as El Bistro by the Sea, offering a fusion of Mexican flavors, and Jeju Kitchen, a new Korean pop-up at Carmel Burger Bar. 

A Feast for the Senses

This is an image of a plated dish and a glass of white wine on a wooden table at Bolena in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Carmel Culinary Week is a gastronomic journey not to be missed. Over the course of nine days, attendees will have the unique opportunity to explore an impressive lineup of restaurants offering carefully curated dishes not typically available, providing an exclusive taste of the chefs' creative capabilities. Other eateries will be offering specials such as complimentary champagne, unique amuse bouche offerings and more. 

Appetizing Events

This is an image of a group of people sitting around a flour-ladden table making potstickers. There is one woman standing that is teaching the group how to make the potstickers during Carmel Culinary Week in Carmel-by-the-Sea

The week kicks off with a vibrant party at Carmel Plaza where guests can enjoy outstanding food, regional wines, and live music. The week includes restaurants offering special prix fixe menus, complimentary tastes and treats, and immersive culinary demonstrations and experiences, such as a potsticker masterclass at Cafe Luna, a Charcuterie Board Styling Workshop at Links Golf Club, and winemaker dinners at various restaurants like Stationæry, La Balena, Seventh & Dolores and more. Consult to reserve your place at these individual events as space is very limited.

The celebration continues with a variety of events including:

  • The Kick-Off Party at Carmel Plaza on Friday, May 31 from 3-5 p.m. where guests can enjoy amazing food, regional wines and live music in the beautiful outdoor setting
  • A special Pub Crawl-by-the-Sea, featuring a snack at libations at four different walkable locations
  • An evening under the stars for “The Freshman,” a movie night at the iconic Forest Theater on Saturday, June 1
  • A showing of "Kitchen Brigade" at Sunset Center on Wednesday, June 5 
  • The Food Network-inspired competition for the Farmer's Market Culinary Showdown on Thursday, June 6

Plan Your Visit

Join us at Carmel Culinary Week 2024 and indulge in a celebration of flavors that promises to enrich your palate and create lasting memories in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Additionally, you can book your stay in Carmel-by-the-Sea for convenient access to all the Culinary Week festivities.