Taste the flavors of Mexico and Spain at the city’s biggest culinary event of the year, the Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival, held April 28-May 1. Hosting haute cuisine celebrities, personalities and discerning gourmands from all over the world, this year’s festival will celebrate the flavors of Mexico and Spain and will pay tribute to two star chefs: Chef Alejandro Ruiz, ambassador of Oaxacan cuisine; and Chef Albert Adria, considered the best pastry chef in the world.
The five day festival is held throughout some of Cancun’s best resorts including the new Hyatt Ziva Cancun, Secrets The Vine, Sandos Cancun, and the Hard Rock Cancun and will feature a welcome cocktail event; a conference on the future of wine and cuisine in Cancun; coffee, beer, mezcal and wine tastings; tribute dinners; a two day gourmet tasting village; and Star Chefs Dinner that will showcase the best cuisine of 20 Mexican chefs from all over the country.
The Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival promotes these exquisite moments with new generations of young talent like Anahuac Cancun University who will be hosting the Star Chefs conference along with two expert winemakers: Ridge Vineyards and Casa Madero.
Cancun continues to showcase some of the world’s top culinary talent like it has honored in the past with the presence of Massimo Bottura, Daniel Boulud, Joan Roca, Juan Mari Arzak, Mikel Alonso and Bruno Oteiza.
See below for the schedule of decadent events, and for more information, visit: wineandfoodfest.com
Wednesday, April 27
6:00-8:00 p.m.: Walk Around Cancun 2016 at Hyatt Ziva Cancun
8:00-11:00 p.m.: Welcome Cocktail at Sandos Cancun Luxury Experience Resort
Thursday, April 28
10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.: Conference: The Future of Wine & Cuisine at Universidad Anahuac Cancun
4:00-5:00 p.m.: Beer Tasting at Hyatt Ziva Cancun
5:00-6:00 p.m.: Mezcal Tasting at Hyatt Ziva Cancun
6:00-7:00 p.m.: Rioja Wine Tasting at Hyatt Ziva Cancun
8:00 p.m.: Tribute Dinner to Chef Alejandro Ruiz at Live Aqua Cancun
Friday, April 29
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.: Cooking Class & Lunch: Arturo Fernández and Xavi Pérez Stone at Universidad Anáhuac Cancun
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.: Cooking Class & Lunch: Gustavo Palma and Pascal Demory at Universidad Anáhuac Cancun
1:00-4:00 p.m.: 5th Anniversary Celebration at Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun
4:00-5:00 p.m.: Nespresso Tasting at Hyatt Ziva Cancun
5:00-6:00 p.m.: Ridge Vineyards Tasting at Hyatt Ziva Cancun
6:00-7:00 p.m.: Casa Madero Tasting at Hyatt Ziva Cancun
8:00 p.m.: Tribute Dinner to Barcelona at Secrets the Vine Cancun
Saturday, April 30
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.: Cooking Class & Lunch: Patrick Cros and Irving Quiróz at Universidad Anáhuac Cancun
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.: Cooking Class & Lunch: Poncho & Nacho Cadena and Jesús Escalera at Universidad Anáhuac Cancun
11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.: Celebrities Catamaran Cruise & Lunch at Zoëtry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres
8:00-11:00 p.m.: Star Chefs Dinner at Hard Rock Hotel Cancun