Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival - A Taste of the World

The inaugural Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival held in 2012 was a resounding success and the event did not rest on its laurels. Looking at what they have in store for 2013, they clearly are looking to one up themselves. This year the theme is "Europe meets the Americas” and will be celebrating Italy and its most admired Chef, Massimo Bottura, taking place from March 14th through March 17th.

The combination of world-class chefs and sommeliers to go along with the breathtaking setting of Riviera Maya make this a truly one-of-a-kind event. While wine and food along with personalities help to make this a unique event, the setting really sets this apart from other wine and food events that you will find in the rest of the world. Cancun and Riviera Maya provide guests with one of the most beautiful and travel friendly areas in the entire world. When you aren’t enjoying the Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival there are endless activities and events that will help make this the trip of a lifetime for you.

 “Anchored in Cancun & Riviera Maya, our “essence” is to discover and showcase the best of Mexico and the “Americas’ continent” from Canada to the tip of South America: innovative culinary talents, signature dishes & unique ingredients, acclaimed wineries, premium spirits & delightful gourmet products,” festival founder David Amar said. “This is an exclusive “boutique” gourmet and lifestyle festival, we will offer our guests a fun and easy interaction with our celebrities: chefs, sommeliers, and winery owners.”

As wine and food festivals throughout the world gain popularity, the size of the events continue to grow and that is what separates the Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival according to David. The event itself is limited to about 5,000 people total and most events have a certain number of tickets, making sure that you get the full experience of the event.

The four day extravaganza includes over twenty-five individual events including: VIP Networking Lunch; conference on The Future of Cuisine by Massimo Bottura and Enrique Olvera; Star Chefs of the Americas Tribute Dinner; A Taste of Europe: Gala Dinner Tribute to Massimo Bottura; exceptional Wine and Spirits’ Tastings; Celebrity Chef Cooking Demos; Celebrity Chef Yacht Cruise and exclusive lunch cooked for 50 VIPs; the American Express Gourmet Tasting Village where guests will savor signature dishes from the 20 best restaurants of Cancun & Riviera Maya plus branded wines & spirits, while music plays in the background; and a Closing Fiesta: Italy meets Mexico: Same colors, different flavors.

CONFIRMED CELEBRITY CHEFS: MASSIMO BOTTURA (Italy) & ENRIQUE OLVERA(Mexico) our guests of honor; Mikel Alonso (Spain), Mark Ladner, Marc Vetri, Fabio Trabocchi, and Jared Reardon (all from the US); Aquiles Chávez, Daniel Ovadía, Manuel Baños, Antonio de Livier, Javier Plascencia, Josefina Santa Cruz, Diego Hernández, Elena Reygadas, and Daniele Müller (all from México); Guy Santoro (France); Jerome Ferrer and Jean-Marc Guillot (Canada); Nelson Méndez (Venezuela); Fernando Trocca (Argentina), and more to be announced soon.


CONFIRMED SOMMELIERS: Doug Frost (one of only three people in the world to hold the Master of Wine and Master Sommelier Titles); Elyse Lambert (top Sommelier of the Americas); Veronique Rivest  (Best Sommelier of Canada) and both ranked in the Top 12 in the world); and Juan Carlos Flores Mazón (best Sommelier of Mexico in 2004 and 6 Diamond Award given by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences in 2010). These prestigious Sommeliers have confirmed the participation of acclaimed wineries from the Americas’ continent and from Europe; they will lead exceptional wine tastings as well as memorable wine pairing at tribute dinners or VIP lunch events.
Host hotels: Hotel Grand Velas, Hotel Paradisus Playa del Carmen, Hotel El Dorado Royale and Rosewood Hotel at Mayakoba

Venue Partners: Grand Coral Riviera Maya, X-Caret.

For more information on the Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival, visit

This years confirmed sponsors include: American Express Company (Mexico), NEXTEL, and FOOD & WINE publishing as Co-title sponsors; The Cancun Conventions’ Bureau (OVC); the Riviera Maya Tourism Trust, and Visit Mexico (CPTM) as premier sponsors; Nespresso, Agua Santa Maria, San Pellegrino, Porsche (Mexico); Lomas Travel, a leading luxury travel company; Schott Zwiesel and Guillesa International (Premium Wine Glasses); La Europea, Vinoteca, Grupo Novo Hispana; Ferrer, Casa Dragones, La Negrita; Casa Madero, Monte Xanic, Vinicola San Rafael, Roganto, Casa de Piedra-Paralelo, Vinas de Garza, Mezcales de Leyenda ; CANIRAC

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