Bon Vivant is the traveling food critic of Mineral Town who only visits once a year on Spring 22nd. His birthday is on Spring 21st. If you set your farmer’s birthday on the same day, his birthday will be on Spring 20th instead.
Courting Bon Vivant is not for the faint of heart.
But if you’re running a more culinary-focused gameplay, this character might be the best match for your farmer.
Bon Vivant is only in Mineral Town for one day every year, so it’s not hard to catch him as long as you remember to attend the Cooking Exhibition festival!
Here’s where he can usually be found during his annual visits.
|Spring 22nd||Rose Plaza|
|After marriage (10th, 20th, 30th day of each season)||Farmhouse|
Bon Vivant doesn’t have any favorite gifts, and his only loved gift is Elly Grass.
Lou teaches you the recipe for Elly Grass when you’ve learned at least 8 prerequisite recipes.
The ingredients needed to cook Elly Grass are:
- Relax Tea Leaves
- Stamina Booster XL
- Super Caffeine
You also need the following kitchen equipment: Frying Pan, Oven, Pot, and Seasoning Set.
It can be hard (and expensive!) to make Elly Grass, so the easiest gift to get Bon Vivant is actually a simple Hot Spring Egg. But here’s his entire gifts table:
|Type of Gift||Items|
|Loves||Dishes: Elly Grass|
|Likes||Animal Products: Butter, Hot Spring Egg
Dishes: Almond Tofu, Apple Pie, Baked Apple, Baked Yam, Bamboo Rice, Baumkuchen, Bibimbap, Boiled Egg, Cake, Carbonara, Cheese Fondue, Cheese Risotto, Cheese Souffle, Cheesecake, Chocolate Cookies, Churro, Cookies, Curry Bread, Curry Rice, Curry Udon, Eggs Benedict, French Toast, Fried Rice, Fruit Juice, Fruit Smoothie, Grilled Fish, Ice Cream, Madeleines, Margherita Pizza, Matsutake Rice, Miso Soup, Mixed Juice, Mixed Smoothie, Moon Dumplings, Mushroom Gratin, Mushroom Rice, Napolitan, Nasi Goreng, Okonomiyaki, Omelet Rice, Pancakes, Pineapple Juice, Popcorn, Pudding, Raisin Bread, Ramen, Relax Tea, Roasted Corn, Salad, Sandwich, Sashimi, Stew, Stir-fried Veggies, Strawberry Milk (dish), Sushi, Tempura, Tempura Soba, Tempura Udon, Udon, Vegetable Juice, Wild Grape Water, Yam Dessert, Zaru Soba
|Hates||Forage: All flowers
Animal Products: Wool (all types), Yarn
Dishes: Orange Juice
Miscellaneous: Ancient Fossil, Autumn Sun Stone, Bracelet, Branch, Broach, Caffeine, Earrings, Face Mask, Fodder, Gems (all types), Gold Lumber, Letter in a Bottle, Lumber, Necklace, Ore (all types), Perfume, Pet Ball, Pet Treat, Pirate Treasure, Rock, Skin Lotion, Spring Sun Stone, Stamina Booster, Stamina Booster XL, Stone, Summer Sun Stone, Sunblock, Super Caffeine, Tomatosetta Stone, Winter Sun Stone
Trash: Empty Can, Fish Bones, Rubber Boot, Weed
Best Gifts for Each Season
|Season||Item||Where to Find It|
|Year-round||Hot Spring Egg||Throw a regular egg into the Hot Spring|
|Spring||Ramen||Obtain the recipe after cooking 20 dishes with Wheat Flour, 25 dishes with Egg, and 20 dishes with Small Fish
Ingredients needed: Wheat Flour, Egg, Bamboo Shoot, Small Fish
Equipment needed: Pot, Rolling Pin, Seasoning Set
|Summer||Roasted Corn||Learn the recipe from Lou after unlocking her as a character
Ingredients needed: Corn
Equipment needed: Oven
|Autumn||Mushroom Rice||Learn the recipe after watching the Tasty Time TV Show
Ingredients needed: Mushroom, Onigiri
Equipment needed: None
|Winter||Churros||Learn the recipe after watching the Tasty Time TV Show
Ingredients needed: Wheat Flour, Egg
Equipment needed: Seasoning Set, Rolling Pin, Oven
Bon Vivant is a special marriage candidate, meaning he doesn’t have the regular heart events that the normal bachelors and bachelorettes have.
But you can directly propose to him after you’ve completed all of his marriage requirements! Just talk to him while holding a Blue Feather, and you’ll be able to get married from there.
These prerequisites will typically be difficult to achieve. You’ll need a lot of time and effort invested into late gameplay if you want to marry Bon Vivant.
Below is a list of all requirements & some additional tips to complete them faster.
|Marriage Requirement||Ways to Complete|
|6,000 LP or more (Red Heart Level)||
|Upgraded house with the Big Bed||
|Win the Cooking Exhibition festival 5 times||
|Complete the Gourmet Achievement||
Bon Vivant has no heart events for you to experience together, but wooing him is definitely a good challenge!
Love points can only be consistently earned with him by using the kitchen to cook meals. Before marriage, Bon Vivant will only be accessible for one day a year, so you have to make the most out of this rare occasion.
Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town
- SoS: FoMT Bon Vivant Gifts Guide (Friendship + Marriage)