By Christabelle…

I have always associated Cancun with Spring Break back in my days at the  University of Rhode Island. But today, I found out that this picturesque tourist location will host a 5 star Wine and Food Festival in Spring 2012 and my mind switched gears instantly. Gone are the visions of the foam party and Senor Frogs…and in its place, visions of mouth-watering cuisine, fine wine and stunning landscapes to explore. Where do I sign up?!

Mark your calendars! The countdown to the First Annual “Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival” has begun. The inaugural event will take place on March 15-18th, 2012 attracting national and international guests to one of the most popular and picturesque destinations in the world.

This new event concept will bring together celebrity chefs, wine and spirit producers from all over the world, and some of Mexico’s most exquisite cuisine. The festival will honor its special – the world-renowned chef, Ferran Adria. The festival will feature about thirty events throughout a period of four days and will also feature participating countries such as Canada, United States, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru, coming together  to offer the best of their culinary talents, its wineries and spirits as well as its culture. Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about…

  • Celebrity Chef and Winemaker Dinners

Including two tributes dinners: One to Mexico, designated by UNESCO as “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity”; the other to world-celebrated chef Ferran Adrià

  • Celebrity Chef and Winemaker Yacht Cruise

Enjoy the company of celebrity chefs on a luxurious yacht cruise followed by a private beach club lunch

  • Exclusive 90+ Wines and Spirits Tastings

The best wines & spirits from Spain and 7 countries of the Americas

  • Exciting Cooking Demonstrations

Given by celebrity chefs from Canada, the USA, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru

  • American Express Gourmet Tasting Village

Walk through our Village and taste signature dishes from some of the best restaurant Chefs, paired with wines and spirits. Delight your palate with gourmet company products including coffees, ice creams, chocolates and more…

  • Closing Latin Grill Fiesta

Meet the best Argentinian & Brazilian Grill Chefs “Parrilladas” and enjoy a fiesta featuring surprise entertainment and fireworks.

  • Cancun After-Dark Parties

Sample the best tequilas, vodkas, martinis, tapas and sinful desserts; all while moving to the rhythms created by a top DJ, to take you late into the night

To enhance each guest’s personal experience, the festival organizers will limiting the number of participants at each event, facilitating interaction between guests and celebrity chefs. Famous chefs from 8 countries: Spain: Ferran Adrià; United States: Ingrid Hoffman, Jacques Pepin, Aaron Sanchez, Marcella Valladolid; Chile: Cristián Correa; Canada: Jerome Ferrer, Normand Laprise, Daniel Vezina.; Mexico: Paulina Abascal, Christian Bravo, Sergio Camacho, Aquiles Chávez, Arturo Fernández, Miguel García, Paola Garduño, Guillermo González, Federico López, Francisco Méndez, Benito Molina, Ricardo Muñoz Zurita, Edgar Nuñez, Enrique Olvera, Bruno Oteiza, Patricia Quintana, Carmen Ramírez, Alejandro Ruiz, Roberto Solís, Jonatan Gómez, Jr Merino (honored as the Ambassador of Tourism and Gastronomy in Mexico City and promoter of Mexican beverages.), José Ramón Castillo (Chocolatier),  Enrique Farjeat. Peru Pedro Schiaffino.Top chefs from Argentina and Brazil still to be announced.

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About Cancun

Cancun is located in the northern part of the southeastern Mexican state of Quintana Roo. It is Mexico’s number one tourist destination and is known all over the world for its spectacular beaches, unique beauty and breathtaking turquoise waters.

Cancun’s shoreline recently underwent a $71 Million Dollar makeover, that featured 1.3 billion gallons of sand to renovating the Hotel Zone’s seashore.  The most popular tourism destination in Mexico and Latin America has also added to its sun, beach, and nightlife, by creating a unique five-day route that will offer visitors a chance to experience adventure and interaction with nature. Cancun and the Treasures of the Caribbean invite travelers to discover the vast natural, cultural and gastronomical cultures of Puerto Morelos, and the four islands of the Mexican Caribbean: Holbox, Isla Mujeres, Contoy and Cozumel. Cancun is a multifaceted destination that combines nature, historical Mayan Culture, glamour, luxury and world class tourism with the seduction for adventure, the passion for paradisiacal nature and the enchantment of gastronomical magic.

For more information, visit the Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau website at:

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