The Food & Wine Festival 2012 at Ixtapa–Zihuatanejo starts on Thursday, March 22nd and ends on Saturday March 24th, 2012. Spend your time at this dreamy tropical paradise watching cooking demos and culinary lectures by celebrity chefs. Enjoy wine seminars, grand tasting events, a sunset cruise, an architectural tour and a behind the scene’s tour of some of the local restaurants.
In 1968, the Bank of Mexico created a special fund for the creation of new tourist destinations on the country’s spectacular coastlines. The first two locations that the government targeted were Cancún, in the state of Quintana Roo and Ixtapa which is located next to the town of Zihuatanejo. Ixtapa’s was originally a coconut plantation and mangrove estuary. This development of this government-planned tourist resort in the early 1970s, Ixtapa was supported by a loan from the World Bank.
Mexico is the oldest wine-growing region in the Americas, Mexican wine and wine making began with the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century when they brought their vines from Europe. This event in Ixtapa blends a tropical paradise resort with Mexican Wine and Spirits at this lavish event!
For more information, please visit www.izfoodandwine.com. Here are some event Highlights:
On Thursday, March 22nd, the first grand tasting event will be held on a stunning stretch of Zihuatanejo’s La Ropa Beach. Enjoy the sunset while you watch a cooking demonstration of the techniques and dishes that represent this beautiful coastal region of Mexico.
An interesting architectural tour has been integrated into the Festival. On Friday, March 23rd, 2012 between 9:30am-3:30 pm, you can sign up for the “Architectural Tours: Experience Zihuatanejo Style by Viticultores Unidos.” You will tour private homes throughout Zihuatanejo in neighborhoods including Desarrollo Monte Cristo, Punta Godomia, Avenida Escénica la Majahua and Zihuatanejo. Experience the local culture, architecture and design. “Mingle with local designers as you sample local cuisine and wines from JC Bravo, Paralelo, Shimul, Viñas Pijoan, Casa de Piedra and Santa Elena.”
1st Tour – 9:30am – 11:30am
2nd Tour – 11:30am – 1:30pm
3rd Tour – 1:30pm – 3:30pm
On Friday night, at the Puerto Mío Pier in Zihuatanejo, you can take a sunset cruise. Sail around Zihuatanejo Bay past the cruise ships into the Pacific. Get a panoramic Vino con Vista of Ixtapa’s skyline. The sunset tour will be paired with local cuisine and noteworthy Mexican wines like Paralelo, Shimul, Tres Valles, Viñas Pijoan, JC Bravo, Aborigen, Santa Elena, Unión and Casa de Piedra.
Another interesting festival event is the Culinary tour. On Thursday, March 22 12:30-2:30 pm, “The Culinary Tour of Zihuatanejo” gives you a behind-the-scenes kitchen tour of three beloved local restaurants. At this “hands-on culinary experience” you will learn about the importance of fresh, local ingredients to authentic regional Mexican cuisine.
The final Grand Tasting is on Saturday, March 24th at Marina Ixtapa. The street party will celebrate traditional street food from Mexico and around the world. Marcus Samuelsson will offer a cooking demo. You can dance to a late-night performance by a Latin house band as you enjoy specialty cocktails and Mexican wine. They will be pouring some of the best wines of Mexico: Paralelo, Shimul, Tres Valles, Viñas Pijoan, JC Bravo, Aborigen, Santa Elena, Unión and Casa de Piedra.
Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com
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