Mexico has 27 UNESCO World Heritage sites. Many of them are in the Mayan regions of Campeche, Chiapas, Tabasco, Quintana Roo and Yucatan. UNESCO recently recognized Mexican cuisine and the regional cuisine of Michoacán as a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.”
The “Taste the New World” Food and Wine Festival in Cancun is dedicated to “celebrating the best of North-America, Mexico and South America, with some 30 star chefs invited from Canada, the USA, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru to delight the gourmands and gourmets of the world.” Innovative Star Chefs of the Americas from 7 countries including Montreal, Canada and Lima, Peru will celebrate celebrates Mexican gastronomy and cuisine by participating in the Cancun Riviera Maya Wine Festival 2012 between March 15-18, 2012.
This Vino con Vista extravaganza will take place on the azur beaches of Cancun. There will be over 30 innovative events for wine enthusiasts and gourmands surrounded by the exciting nightlife and culture of Cancun. Mexico. The beneficiary of the Festival is the Ciudad de la Alegria “The City of Joy.” This organization has a noble mission: “empower disadvantaged children, victims of violence and care for the elderly.”
This year’s special guest chef is Ferran Adrià, who hosts a celebrity chef dinner. Other events include a luxurious catamaran cruise hosted by mixologist Junior Merino and private beach club dinner. There will be “Cancun After Dark” parties and a closing Latin Grill fiesta. More than 90 wine and spirits tastings will featuring libations from Spain, USA, Mexico, Argentina and Chile.
Here are some of the highlights of the Food and Wine Festival in Cancun:
Junior Merino, THE LIQUID CHEF, will be at working his magic at the After Dark Parties, including our CLOSING FIESTA with Argentinian and Brazilian masters of the grill.
There will be an AMERICAN EXPRESS GOURMET TASTING VILLAGE with cuisine from the best restaurants in the region including gourmet tapas. Premium wines and food will be served on the panoramic lawn of Iberostar Hotel.
Celebrity Chefs will come together to honor Mexican Gastronomy at “Taste the New World” and pay a special tribute to acclaimed legend Ferran Adria. He was the head chef of the El Bulli restaurant on the Costa Brava and is considered one of the best chefs in the world. His Spanish beachside restaurant in Costa Brava Spain won repeated accolades from Restaurant Magazine. elBulli was Number One on its Top 50 list of the world’s best restaurants for a record five times—in 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, and #2 in 2010. BRAVO Chef!!
Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com
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