Cabo San Lucas has seen a flowering of festivals in recent years, from annual celebrations of comedy, film and music to food and wine fêtes showcasing the region’s best culinary talent. There are now four major food and beverage festivals held yearly in the Los Cabos area, including Sabor a Cabo (or "Taste of Cabo") - which draws thousands of people to San José del Cabo each November to sample cuisine from top local chefs - and Gastrovino, a May tasting extravaganza in Todos Santos sponsored by the coastal pueblo magico’s leading wine shop, La Bodega de Todos Santos.
For sheer gustatory indulgence, however, it’s hard to top the foodie fests hosted by two of Los Cabos’ most luxurious resorts. One & Only Palmilla, an elegant seaside resort situated along the tourist corridor that connects the cape cities, has hosted a Mexican Culinary Festival in November of each of the last three years, bringing in some of the finest chefs and sommeliers in México to dish up gourmet Mexican cuisine and show off wines from the country’s (and Baja California's) premier wine growing region, Valle de Guadalupe.
And Capella Pedregal, the most exclusive resort in Cabo San Lucas’ most exclusive neighborhood, is hosting its third annual food and wine festival next month, July 9 - 13.
Cabo's most luxurious resort, Capella Pedregal, will host its annual food and wine festival July 9 to 13, 2014 — Photo courtesy of Capella Pedregal
The upcoming Capella Pedregal Food and Wine Festival promises four days of feasting at one of Cabo’s benchmark lodgings. Guests enter the resort through the longest private tunnel in México, emerging from the cavernous Pedregal hillside into a luxurious property set on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, near the southernmost point of the Baja California peninsula.
Festival packages for up to 120 guests are available, and include four nights of accommodation and chic amenities, as well as admittance to the opening reception, wine and cheese tasting, tequila seminar, cooking and hand-crafted cocktail demonstrations and concluding dinner - with four of the five courses prepared by award-winning U.S. chefs, and one by Capella Pedregal’s Executive Chef, French Laundry alum Yvan Mucharraz.
This year’s visiting culinary team is headlined by Kent Rathburn, who founded Abacus and Jasper’s in Dallas, and the Peruvian born Ricardo Zarate, whose hip L.A. eateries include Picca and Mo-Chica.
There are two participating wineries - Napa Valley’s Wagner Family of Wine (Their most notable labels are Caymus and Conundrum.) and Hacienda La Lomita of Valle de Guadalupe - with Prohibition-era cocktails provided courtesy of Ulysses Vidal, mixologist at Employees Only in New York City.