Foodies can taste their way through Mexico's Riviera Maya from March 14 to 17 when 30 culinary events take place as part of the annual Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine and Food Festival.
The festival, set at several Riviera Maya resorts, will feature taste-offs, chef competitions and tastings of mescal and wine.
Why hold the event in Riviera Maya, a slice of the Mexican coastline that stretches south from Cancun along the Caribbean?
“The region is becoming a mecca for culinary enthusiasts,” said Darío Flota, director of the region’s marketing office. Local chefs have developed a fusion of traditional and contemporary, indigenous and international cuisine, he said.
“The festival is a great way for us to showcase Riviera Maya’s diverse dining scene as well as the immense talent and anthology of international tastes that come together in the region,” Flota said.
Among the events:
- Mescal tasting with master sommelier Doug Frost
- A taste of Europe: Tribute to Massimo Bottura
- Cancun-Riviera Maya dine around
- Cooking demos with celebrity chefs
Area hotels and resorts are offering specials connected to the event. Among them are Hotel Grand Velas, El Dorado Royaleand Paradissus Playa del Carmen.
Proceeds from the festival will benefit Ciudad de la Alegria, a nonprofit dedicated to disadvantaged children, victims of violence and elder care.