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Cancun Food & Wine Festival

December 6, 2011 - Carla Tracy

I guess I’m in the mood to travel. Yesterday, I blogged about the upcoming Oregon Truffle Festival that is coming up Jan. 27 to 29 in Eugene. Today, my blog is all about the first ever Cancun-Riviera Maya Food & Wine Festival to be uncorked next spring.

Of course, I must first give a plug to my home island of Maui as it’s “no ka oi,” Hawaiian for “the best.” Our restaurants offer some of the best ocean views, freshest seafood and island experiences on the planet. But once in awhile, even we Mauians need to get off the ol’ rock to explore what is happening out there in the big, wide culinary world.

According to the Cancun press release, “the countdown to the first annual Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival has begun. The inaugural event will take place on March 15-18th, 2012 attracting national and international guests to one of the most popular and picturesque destinations in the world.”

“This new event concept will bring together celebrity chefs, wine and spirit producers from all over the world, and some of Mexico's most exquisite cuisine. The festival will honor its special – the world renowned chef, Ferran Adria. The festival will feature about thirty events throughout a period of four days and will also feature participating countries such as Canada, United States, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru, coming together to offer the best of their culinary talents, its wineries and spirits as well as its culture.”

“Celebrity Chef and Winemaker Dinners include two tributes dinners: One to Mexico, designated by UNESCO as "Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity;” the other to world-celebrated chef Ferran Adrià, owner of El Bulli in Spain, which put foam on the map and on the plates in top restaurants everywhere.

Celebrity Chef and Winemaker Yacht Cruise: Enjoy the company of legends such as Jacques Pepin on a luxurious yacht cruise followed by a private beach club lunch.

Exclusive 90+ Wines and Spirits Tastings: Sip the best wines and spirits from Spain and seven countries of the Americas.

Exciting Cooking Demonstrations: Given by celebrity chefs from Canada, the USA, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru.

Gourmet Tasting Village: Walk through our Village and taste signature dishes from some of the best restaurant chefs, paired with wines and spirits. Delight your palate with gourmet company products including coffees, ice creams, chocolates and more.

Closing Latin Grill Fiesta: Meet the best Argentinian and Brazilian Grill chefs or "parrilladas" and enjoy a fiesta featuring surprise entertainment and fireworks.

Cancun After-Dark Parties: Sample the best tequilas, vodkas, martinis, tapas and sinful desserts; all while moving to the rhythms created by a top DJ, to take you late into the night.

Cancun offers world class beaches, ancient Mayan sites, Spanish haciendas and colonial villages, snorkeling or diving at the world's largest underwater museum and second largest barrier reef, high seas fishing, ecological parks and pristine islands, fun adventure tours for all ages, an easily accessible airport, and a wide variety of hotels for all budgets.

For more information visit: Cancun-Riviera Maya Food & Wine Festival Website; or Cancun Travel Website.


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Maui food lovers may want to go south of the border to a huge food festival in Cancun next spring.