Last updated: 08:00 PM ET, Fri April 01 2016

The 5th Annual Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival Promises Gastronomic Fireworks

Features & Advice | Dawna L. Robertson | April 01, 2016

The 5th Annual Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival Promises Gastronomic Fireworks

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Food and wine lovers from across the globe are once again licking their lips in anticipation of the annual Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival.

Among the largest culinary festivals in the Caribbean, the tasteful event slated for April 27-May 1 presents an impressive roster of locations for sampling a virtual smorgasbord of dishes created by celebrity chefs.

The 2016 edition will shine the spotlight on the flavors of Spain and Mexico while paying homage to Chef Alejandro Ruiz, ambassador of Oaxacan cuisine, and Chef Albert Adria, who is lauded as one of the top pastry chefs in the world.

In tribute to the stellar culinary pair, the Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival will host two separate Tribute Dinners — one at Aqua Live Cancun and the other at Secrets The Vine Resort & Spa. The five-course affairs will find these renowned chefs joined by culinary colleagues and friends to celebrate the impact each has made on the world of gastronomy.

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For your foodie clients familiar with grazing throughout Mexico and Barcelona, Spain, the support chefs’ names and restaurants might ring a bell. Highlighting Oaxacan cuisine, the Tribute Dinner honoring Chef Ruiz will be created by chefs Jose Manuel Banos (Pitiona in Oaxaca), Luis Arellano (Pujol in Mexico City), Carlos Galan (Guzina Oaxaca in Mexico City), Rodolfo Castellanos (Origen in Oaxaca), and Odilon Garcia and Rafael Villalobos (Casa Oaxaca in Oaxaca).

Nodding to his delectable influences in sweet realm of pastries, Chef Adria’s Tribute Dinner will be prepared by chefs Rafael Zafra (Tickets in Barcelona), Francisco Mendez (Hoja Santa in Barcelona), Arturo Fernandez (Raiz in Mexico City), Jonatan Gomez Luna (Le Chique in Puerto Morelos), Xavi Perez Stone (Axiote in Playa del Carmen) and Jorge Vallejo (Quintonil in Mexico City).

Chefs will also guide festival conference sessions and cooking classes at Anahuac Cancun University. Those attending can also sink their teeth into a Star Chefs Dinner featuring 20 of Mexico’s top chefs, and specialized tasting workshops that shed light on the universe of spirited and delicate drinks. The highly anticipated Gourmet Tasting Village will serve up an all-inclusive journey of gourmet food, liquor, wine and live music.

These and other food-centric festivities will roll out at a bevy of area resorts including Live Aqua Cancun, Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun, Hyatt Ziva Cancun, Zoetry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres, Secrets The Vine Resort & Spa, Hard Rock Cancun and Sandos Cancun.

The Wine & Food Festival schedule will keep those attending on the go so they can simultaneously consume and burn off calories. 

Wednesday, April 27

Walk Around Cancun — 6 to 8 p.m. at Hotel Hyatt Ziva Cancun

Welcome Cocktail Cancun — 8 to 11 p.m. at Sandos Cancun Luxury Experience Resort

Thursday, April 28

Conferences at Anahuac Cancun University

The Future of Wine & Cuisine — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Spirits Tastings at Hyatt Ziva Cancun

Beer Tasting — 4 to 5 p.m.

Mezcal Tasting — 5 to 6 p.m.

Spirits Tasting at Zoetry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres

Rioja Wine Tasting — 6 to 7 p.m.

Tribute Dinner for Chef Alejandro Ruiz at Aqua Live Cancun — 8 p.m.

Friday, April 29

Cooking Classes & Lunch with Celebrity Chefs at Anahuac Cancun University — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tastings at Hyatt Ziva Cancun

Nespresso Tasting — 4 to 5 p.m.

Ridge Vineyards Tasting — 5 to 6 p.m. 

Casa Madero Tasting — 6 to 7 p.m.   

Tribute Dinner to Barcelona at Secret The Vine Resort & Spa — 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 30

Cooking Classes & Lunch with Celebrity Chefs at Anahuac Cancun University — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Celebrities Catamaran Cruise & Lunch at Zoetry Villa Rolandi Isa Mujeres — 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Star Chefs Dinner Cancun at Hard Rock Hotel — 8 to 11 p.m.  

Sunday, May 1


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The Agent’s Edge

More than simply a sponsor of the Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival, Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun further appeases foodies with its award-winning AAA Five Diamond Le Basilic — one of only seven restaurants in Mexico to receive the prestigious award in 2016.

Le Basilic’s new culturally enriching dining experiences feature “art coming to life” with the works of Mexican artist Leon Alva created against the backdrop of live jazz. The experience is highlighted by French Mediterranean cuisine prepared by Chef Henri Charvet.

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Your clients staying a minimum of five nights in any suite category will receive a $1,000 USD credit that can be applied toward such perks and activities as a romantic spa dinner for two, hydrotherapy rituals at the Gem Spa, round trip ferry tickets to Isla Mujeres, bottle of sparkling wine, tequila tasting for two at La Joya Restaurant and beach cabana set up.

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