If you love fabulous cuisine (who doesn’t?) and have been searching for a reason to sneak away for a tropical mini beach vacation,the upcoming 4th Annual Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine and Food Festival may be exactly what you’ve been searching for! This year,the festival will take place March 12-15 and will honor Spain’s top chefs and Mexico’s leading female chefs,with 24 scheduled events to be held at various locations in Cancun and the Riviera Maya.
“This event has grown tremendously since its inauguration in 2012,and we are optimistic we will surpass last year’s attendance of more than 5,000 guests,” shared Jesus Almaguer of the Cancun Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. “We invite people to explore the many layers of Mexican cuisine found in Cancun,and celebrate the female Mexican chefs that are being honored at the CRM Festival for the first time.”
Notable events at the upcoming 2015 festival include: Conferences with legendary Spanish chefs Eneko Atxa,Joan Roca and Juan Mari Arzac hosted at the Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun Resort & Spa; a five-course Divas of Mexican Cuisine dinner to showcase the skills of Mexico’s top female chefs at Secrets the Vine; a cruise and champagne lunch with renowned chefs; a beach party at the Ritz-Carlton Cancun and two rounds of the festival’s most popular annual event,the Gourmet Tasting Village,at the AAA Four Diamond Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort.
An all-inclusive fiesta,the Gourmet Tasting Village will be held in the property’s recently unveiled Moon Palace Arena and will feature a wide variety of premium wines,plenty of top-shelf spirits and a delectable array of gourmet tidbits from every imaginable international cuisine,all prepared by visiting celebrity chefs. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with the chefs and to sample wine from more than 35 Mexican and international wineries.
“If you’re thinking of taking a culinary vacation,make Cancun one of your stops,” writes The Daily Meal. “In 2010,Mexican cuisine was named on the UNESCO World Heritage site list of intangibles,right alongside French cuisine.”
This year,the Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine and Food Festival will also include a tribute to French cuisine,and winemakers Hugo D’Acosta of Mexico and Alvaro Palacios of Spain will be honored. Private cooking classes led by renowned chefs such as Patricia Quintana,Martha Ortiz and Bruno Oteiza will also be available this year and the Star Chefs Dinner will showcase the best cuisine of 25 chefs from Mexico and around the world,along with select vintages provided by top wineries from Argentina,France,Mexico and Spain.
Proceeds from the festival support a variety of social causes,including providing scholarships to gastronomy students attending local universities,giving grants to a number of different local and international foundations and donating computers to the Riviera Maya’s Cuidad de la Alegría foundation.
Pre-event ticket prices for events at the Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine and Food Festival range from $50 to $500. Call toll free from the U.S. at 1-800-456-3157 or from Mexico at 1-800-681-5336. Tickets are also available for purchase online at www.dev.crmfest.com.
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