Since 1987 the aim has been the same: liven up the dull winter time with culinary highlights, establish Schleswig-Holstein as a land with a true food culture and reach out to new guests. The concept has succeeded. The region has become a stronghold of foodies. Over eleven establishments boast 13 Michelin stars between them, including two festival members. Between September and March the delightful gala evenings are held, at which regional top products also play a role. For younger gourmets, the “Tour de Gourmet Jeunesse” was set up. Innovative ideas and warm hospitality are the trademarks of the internationally-renowned "Schleswig-Holstein Gourmet Festival".