Each year, the Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival celebrates Mexican and international cuisine and wows locals and visitors alike with its participants and events.
The 2015 festival will take place Thursday, March 12, through Sunday, March 15. The fourth annual edition, this Cancun event certainly seems to get bigger and better each year, while celebrating Mexico’s culinary traditions and chefs. This year’s Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival specifically honors Mexico’s leading female chefs.
This year, the Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival takes place March 12 to 15 — Photo courtesy of Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival
Twenty-four events will take place over four days, including dinners, conferences, cooking classes, a gourmet tasting village, wine and spirits tastings and a yacht cruise. International, national and local chefs will participate in the festivities.
The Divas de la Cocina Mexicana ("Divas of Mexican Cuisine") Gala Dinner is arguably the pinnacle of this year's festival. The five-course dinner for this unprecedented event will be prepared by 10 of Mexico’s best female chefs and accompanied by the best Mexican wines around.
The Divas Gala will be held at Secrets The Vine Resort and Spa in Cancun and will feature live entertainment.
Star Chef's Dinner, which will be held in the pool area of the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Resort & Spa — Photo courtesy of Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival
The Star Chef’s Dinner, which will be held in the pool area of the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Resort & Spa in Cancun, is always a highly anticipated festival event. This culinary journey through Mexico, prepared by 20 world-renowned chefs, will also feature live music and entertainment. Top wines will be served from Mexico, Argentina, Spain and France, too.
The festival's most popular event is the Gourmet Tasting Village, which will take place at the Moon Palace Arena in the Riviera Maya on March 14 and 15. Attendees can try food and wine from the best restaurants in the Cancun area and more than 35 Mexican and international wineries.
Premium brand spirits and a French market with French gourmet products and wines will be available as well.
In 2014, over 5,000 guests attended the festival — Photo courtesy of Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival
Other events include the Taste of France Dinner & World DJ; Spanish Legends & Star Chefs in Mexico (which is already sold out); a conference with Juan Mari Arzak and Joan Roca; a cooking class with Chef Aquiles Chavez; and a Celebrity Yacht Cruise and Champagne Lunch.
In 2014, over 5,000 guests attended the the Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival, and organizers believe they will surpass that number at this year’s event.
Tickets can be purchased directly through the the Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival website or by calling 1-800-456-3157.