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Cancun Riviera Maya Food and Wine Festival 2012: “Taste the New World”

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.”

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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:

The best STAR CHEFS of the continent will be exploring what they can do with the finest Mexican ingredients at the TRIBUTE TO MEXICO Opening Dinner.

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.

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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.

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Celebrity Chefs will come together to honor Mexican Gastronomy at “Taste the New World” and pay a special tribute to acclaimed culinary 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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The Food & Wine Festival 2012 at Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo

English: Beach on Isla Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo, Mexico
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The Food & Wine Festival 2012 at IxtapaZihuatanejo 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 local restaurants.

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Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, is the fourth-largest city in the Mexican state of Guerrero. Zihuatanejo is now the third most visited area in Mexico after Cancún and Puerto Vallarta.

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 humble beginings as a government-planned tourist resort in the early 1970s, was originally a coconut plantation and mangrove estuary. The development of Ixtapa was supported by a loan from the World Bank.

Mexican wine and wine making began with the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century when they brought their vines from Europe. Mexico is the oldest wine-growing region in the Americas. At this lavish festival, you can blend the advantages of a resort in paradise resort with incredible Mexican cuisine, Wine and Spirtis.

For more information, please visit www.izfoodandwine.com. Here are some of the highlights of the Festival:

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 preparation techniques of the cuisine that represent this beautiful coastal region of Mexico.

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

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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.

Ixtapa Sunset

Another interesting aspect 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. In November 2010, Mexican cuisine was added by UNESCO to its lists of the world’s “intangible cultural heritage“.

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The final Grand Tasting is on Saturday, March 24th at Marina Ixtapa. The street party will celebrate the traditional street food of Mexico and around the world. Marcus Samuelsson‘s 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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