“This festival invites some of the best chefs in Mexico and the world to share their talents through several days of dinners, workshops and social events in some of the most stunning locations in Cancun and the Riviera Maya.” - TravelPulse.
The 2016 Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival promises to be the biggest in the event’s five-year history, according to TravelPulse.
“Among the largest culinary festivals in the Caribbean, the tasteful event slated for April 27-May 1 presents an impressive roster of locations for sampling a virtual smorgasbord of dishes created by celebrity chefs.”
This year, the focus is on the flavors of Spain and Mexico in a nod to Chef Alejandro Ruiz, an internationally renowned ambassador for the cuisine of Oaxaca, Mexico, along with Chef Albert Adria, who is one of the world’s most lauded pastry chefs. Festival organizers have scheduled two separate Tribute Dinners in the chefs honor, one at Live Aqua Cancun and the other at Secrets The Vine Resort & Spa. Both are slated to be elaborate five-course affairs featuring culinary colleagues and friends of the chefs to celebrate their global gastronomical impact.
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Other activities will take place at the highly anticipated Gourmet Tasting Village, which serves up an all-inclusive journey of gourmet food, live music, liquor and wine. Additional participating area resorts include the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun, the Hyatt Ziva Cancun, Zoetry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres, Secrets The Vine Resort & Spa, Hard Rock Cancun and Sandos Cancun, where the event will kick off with a cocktail reception from 8 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, April 27.
Attendees are also invited to “pre-game” the cocktail party with a “Walk Around Cancun” opening event from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday evening at the Hotel Hyatt Ziva Cancun. On Thursday, April 28 there will be a variety of beer, wine and Mezcal tastings, along with conferences at Anahuac Cancun University, topped off by the tribute dinner to Chef Alejandro Ruiz at 8 p.m.
“Each year, this festival invites some of the best chefs in Mexico and the world to share their talents through several days of dinners, workshops and social events in some of the most stunning locations in Cancun and the Riviera Maya,” wrote TravelPulse.
Friday, April 29 will feature cooking classes with celebrity chefs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the university, as well as Nespresso, Ridge Vineyards and Casa Madero tastings all afternoon and the tribute dinner to Barcelona at 8 p.m. Cooking classes and a celebrity catamaran cruise followed by lunch at Zoetry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres and a star chefs dinner at the Cancun Hard Rock Hotel are on the schedule for Saturday, April 30, while Sunday is dedicated to recovery and/or departures.
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