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Karisma Hotels & Resorts Celebrates the Chili Pepper

Hotel & Resort | Karisma Hotels & Resorts | Monica Poling | September 01, 2016

Karisma Hotels & Resorts Celebrates the Chili Pepper

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This fall, things are getting hot, hot, hot with Karisma Hotels & Resorts, as the award-winning hotel collection rolls out its first-ever Chili Pepper Festival.

If you’re unclear on the difference between a serrano, habanero and jalapeno, set a course for Mexico’s Riviera Maya, this Oct.19 -22, 2016. For three days, guests at the brand’s deluxe El Dorado Royale, A Spa Resort, by Karisma will be entertained, educated and tantalized by activities celebrating the Mexican chili pepper.

“We are delighted to spice up our existing Gourmet Inclusive offering with the debut of Karisma’s First Annual Chili Pepper Festival,” said Jeroen Hanlo, Vice President of Food & Beverage for Karisma Hotels & Resorts. “Mexico is renowned for its fresh and distinct chili peppers, and we are proud to offer a culinary festival that focuses on the rich history of the chili pepper in Mexico, while also providing guests with a taste of flavorful dishes prepared by talented chefs for a memorable and hands-on culinary experience.”

A number of acclaimed chefs from around the Americas are scheduled to attend the festival, including Ricardo Muñoz Zurita, Jose Miguel Garcia, Paul Rogalski, Aquiles Chavez and Rofaldo Castellanos. Get ready to ask, “how high can you go,” as all chefs present interactive cooking demonstrations featuring lineup of spicy dishes.

Chili enthusiasts can also learn how to grow their own chili peppers at home, or they can work alongside resort chefs to get tips on cooking with chili peppers. Of course, they’ll have also the opportunity to sample a variety of tasty culinary creations that feature the chilaca, serrano, habanero, jalapeño, ancho, guajillo and arbol peppers. Many of the peppers used in the dishes served were even grown on-site, at Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ own 75,000 -square-foot greenhouse.

Guests will even have the opportunity to visit a local chili field and a Mayan chili market, where they will learn how to selecting the perfect chili pepper. Also be sure to belly up to the chili barrel, a Jackson Family Wine Barrel where chilies are being blended with a wine vinaigrette and salt from Celestum, for a saucy treat that will first be unveiled at the 2017 festival. 

Three packages are available during the Chili Festival: Less Spicy, Mild Spicy and Extra Spicy, which offer different levels of access and range from USD$65 to USD$125 per person. Nightly rates at El Dorado Royale begin at USD$241 per person, per night based on double occupancy, and include the Gourmet Inclusive experience (all a la carte gourmet meals, premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, 24-hour room service, full-service concierge and king size beach beds). 

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