by Ron Mader
On the road toward the World Forum on Mexican Gastronomy, aka el Foro Mundial de la Gastronomía Mexicana (FMGM), November 24-27 in Mexico City.
Mexico’s Craft beer producers will hold the first “RisingHop 2015” microbrew festival in Puerto Vallarta, at Parota Park on November 20 and 21, from 11 AM – 11 PM.
The aim is to promote the culture of craft beer that has been growing in the country, responsible consumption and family life, said Jose Armando Alvarado, organizer of the festival. ‘It’s a good opportunity for people from neighboring states like Guanajuato, Michoacán, San Luis Potosi, Aguascalientes, Zacatecas, Colima and Jalisco itself, to visit Puerto Vallarta and enjoy Mexico’s growing beer craft,” said Alvarado.
He noted that in Puerto Vallarta there are a variety of attractions, as it is renowned not only for its beaches and its wide variety of culinary styles, but also for the warmth and friendliness of the people in Vallarta.
The first festival will feature 5 pavilions that offer, in addition to beer and food tasting, art, entertainment and activities for visitors of all ages. In total there will be more than 10 craft beer stands offering local, national, and international brews, and 10 food vendors offering traditional regional cuisine and international foods.
RisingHop 2015 festival in Puerto Vallarta will include live music from local and national bands from electronic, jazz, blues, and rock.
The pavilions will also host a variety of crafts from the region, such as handicrafts, jams, organic honey, bags, dresses, jewelry, bread, and more.
For this festival, the participation of breweries Brewing Los Muertos in Puerto Vallarta, The Terrible, Brewery Colima, five brands from Michoacán Brewers Association, plus imported Belgian beer through The Beer Box.
Friends of Puerto Vallarta Pet Animals and Purr Project, which will be present in publicizing their work and raising awareness to people about caring for their pets. A portion of the entrance fee will be donated to the two associations.
The entry fee to RisingHop 2015 is 100 pesos and will include a full pint or two tastings and bracelet.
For people who come with family, there will be a nursery and playroom that will give small workshops, which will help kids develop their motor and mental skills by experienced psychologists.
Official website of event. http://risinghop.com/
Culinary World’s Finest Chefs Gather in Los Cabos for a First-Class Tour of Baja’s Best Food & Wine
Los Cabos, Mexico – A top-tier selection of the culinary world’s finest chefs will gather in Los Cabos from November 30 – December 6 in celebration of the destination’s 9th Annual “Sabor a Cabo” (The Flavors of Cabo) food & wine festival. This highly anticipated gastronomic event is expected to be the largest since the festival’s debut in 2005 and for the first time in its history, will include a week-long series of ticketed events highlighting the renowned regional cuisine of Baja California Sur and the wines of Mexico’s celebrated Baja wine region.
The delicious weeklong festivities include a Country Side Taste Event on November 30 incorporating the local flavors of Baja; a Sunset Gourmet Gala served aboard a luxurious yacht on December 2 featuring a gourmet dinner prepared by Michelin Star Chefs; an Oktobeer Fest showcasing artisanal beer, local cuisine and music on December 3; a Wine & Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo on December 4 with 16 wineries, art galleries and restaurants participating for a family outing; and a Star Chef Dine-Around on December 5 featuring course meals prepared by celebrated chefs.
The main event will take place on December 6 from 5pm – 11pm and held at one of the destination’s most spectacular areas, the Sculpture Garden in Puerto Los Cabos. The event will consist of 50 participating restaurants and is expected to attract over 2,000 attendees, as guests from around the world are invited to dine beneath the stars and enjoy the “best-of-the-best” of international cuisine and wine.
“We are looking forward to welcoming the world’s best chefs to Los Cabos for the 9th Annual Sabor a Cabo event,” said Eduardo Segura, Managing Director of the Los Cabos Tourism Board. “Our destination has a rich and booming culinary scene that many people are still discovering. Events such as Sabor a Cabo highlight these offerings and provide us with a platform to position the unique products, sustainable brands and delicious flavors available in this particular region of Mexico.”
Confirmed to attend Sabor a Cabo are several world-renowned chefs including Federico Zanellato, Chef and Partner of NOMA Restaurant in Denmark (Ranked No. 1 among the World’s 50 Best Restaurants) Richard Sandoval, Chef and Restaurateur of over 35 restaurants world-wide, including Pampano and Zengo in New York City (James Beard nominated restaurateur and participant in Bravo’s reality competition “Top Chef Masters”), and Dieter Koshina, Owner of Portugal’s Vilajoya Restaurant (Ranked No. 22 among the World’s 50 Best Restaurants). Also on the roster is Roberto Alcocer, Chef/owner of Malva Restaurant in Ensenada, Mexico; Najat Kaanache, Chef/owner of Souk Restaurant in Dallas, US and former chef of Spain’s El Bulli Restaurant; Thierry Blouet, Chef/owner of Restaurant de Los Artistas in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; and Eduardo Osuna, founder of non-profit organization Chef to the Rescue in Mexico.
Additional participants and chefs are to be confirmed in upcoming weeks. Furthermore, the destination’s tantalizing culinary scene will be highlighted through participation of Los Cabos’ top Executive Chefs from two of the most luxurious hotels in the region, Las Ventanas al Paraiso and One&Only Palmilla.
Travelers interested in attending Sabor a Cabo can purchase festival tickets by visiting www.saboracabo.mx. General admission tickets are $100 if purchased prior to September 30 and $125 if purchased after. For special lounge area access tickets are $150 and for a seat at one of the events VIP tables tickets are $1,000 per person. All the money raised during the Sabor a Cabo event on Saturday December 6 will be donated to the Fire Department, the Red Cross and Children Foundation of Los Cabos.
For more information on Los Cabos, please visit: http://visitloscabos.travel.
Los Cabos, located at the tip of the 1,000-mile long Baja Peninsula, is home to award-winning hotels, resorts, championship golf courses, rejuvenating spas, world-class sport fishing, and was the host city for the G20 Summit of global leaders in 2012. With a unique landscape of dramatic desert and white sand beaches, Los Cabos is an exotic escape within easy reach of most U.S. and Canadian cities. For more information, images and videos from Los Cabos, please visit www.visitloscabos.travel, follow us on Twitter @LOSCABOSTOURISM and visit us on Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram.
by Ron Mader
One of the most colorful celebrations in the Americas takes place in the southern corner of Mexico. This year’s Guelaguetza celebrations will be held on July 22 and 29 in Oaxaca City and surrounding towns.
By Jeanine Kitchel
To coincide with International Women’s Day, which takes place March 8 each year worldwide, We Move Forward — a conference for women who value living life with passion and purpose — will stage their conference on Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, for the third straight year. The four-day conference begins March 5.
Isla Mujeres, which translates to island of women, was chosen partially because of its name and also so attendees could be surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, said founder Janeen Halliwell. “It’s the perfect spot to celebrate International Women’s Day.”
Daily motivational speakers are the cement that binds this four-day conference together. Several of the speakers included in the line-up are Monica Parker, Jane Hatwin, Karen Sugar, Deborah Kimmett, Sunny Twelker, Paula Pyne and Bonnie Hamilton.
With the help of skilled facilitators, women will harness inspiration and make pathways forward in a direction that will serve them in their daily lives. Movement sessions, including yoga, dance, and pilates, will be available to all that attend.
Over the length of the conference, attendees will be immersed in experiences that encourage them to become clear on their passions, chart their way forward, and gain insight and self assurance. Along with this bucket list of life priorities will be the chance to enjoy all Isla Mujeres has to offer at the end of each day.
For every ten women who register, We Move Forward sponsors one local woman to attend the conference.
“We Move Forward brings together one hundred women who have lived one hundred unique lives,” says Halliwell. “There are universal milestones all women share, and the natural bond between women transcends geography, culture and status. It feeds our resolve and broadens the boundaries of what we think is possible. It provides momentum for moving forward.”
To enroll in the conference, see the website www.wemoveforward.com. Cost is $555 USD for four days. For details, contact founder Janeen Halliwell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
by Ron Mader
The Guelaguetza is one of Mexico’s most important festivals. The ‘big days’ are two Mondays in late July when the regional dances are performed in the ginormous auditorio, but the atmosphere that pervades Oaxaca is a celebration that transcends the marathon performance. Today is the octava and the conclusion of the best Guelaguetza season in years.
You can get a taste of the event through livestreaming video at 10am and 5pm http://www.livestream.com/munioax
Can’t make it this year? Mark your calendars – July 22 and 29, 2013.
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