Culinary Festival to Bring Positive Attention to Mexico’s Cultural Resources of Riviera Maya and Benefit Local Non-Profs

Taste of Playa photo credit: Rafael Lizarraga Photography

Third Annual Taste of Playa Set for November 20, 2011 in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico

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The MEXICO Report

Photo by Rafael Lizarraga Photography

Playa del Carmen, Mexico – Playa del Carmen’s Third Annual Taste of Playa has been announced for November 20, 2011. Taste of Playa, the Riviera Maya’s premier culinary festival, will once again be held in Parque Fundadores on the calm shores of the Mexican Caribbean. This day-long event will offer locals and visitors alike a unique opportunity to sample a wide variety of cuisines created by many of the region’s award-winning chefs.  Distinctive restaurants from all along the Riviera Maya will gather to showcase new menu items and highlight lasting favorites.

Pleased by the great success of Taste of Playa 2010 hosted by celebrity host and culinary comedian, The Travel Channel’s Mark DeCarlo, many of last year’s corporate sponsors and participants have already pledged their support for Taste of Playa 2011.

The Travel Channel's Mark DeCarlo, host of 2010 Taste of Playa - photo by Rafael Lizarraga Photography

“We are already seeing a lot of interest this year,” said event chairperson, Monica Hartlief. “The event grew faster than we had anticipated. A lot of restaurants have already contacted us to reserve a place.”

Taste of Playa (2010) Photo by Rafael Lizarraga Photography

More than 40 restaurants, bars and specialty food merchants will offer their signature dishes to a crowd that is anticipated to exceed 7,000 people.

Community events, such as the Mexican Wine Festival, held for the first time in February 2011 and the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival, looking forward to its eighth successful year, have become an integral part of the campaign to promote and attract new visitors to this beautiful region.

Taste of Playa (2010) photo by Rafael Lizarraga Photography

Taste of Playa is a community-oriented culinary event that celebrates the creativity and diverse cultural influences of chefs throughout the Riviera Maya. Originally conceived in 2009, the event is organized by a committee of Playa del Carmen business owners who strive to draw positive attention to the many and varied cultural resources of the Riviera Maya.

Taste of Playa (2010) photo by Rafael Lizarraga Photography

A portion of the event proceeds will benefit not-for-profit food or clean water programs in the area. The goal of the committee is to help develop and sustain community-based initiatives that have a positive effect on the residents of Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya.

Taste of Playa (2010) photo by Rafael Lizarraga Photography

The event is open to the public with tickets and all-inclusive VIP passes available for sale on the official event website http://www.tasteofplaya.com starting July 1, 2011.

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2 comments for “Culinary Festival to Bring Positive Attention to Mexico’s Cultural Resources of Riviera Maya and Benefit Local Non-Profs

  1. 7 July, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    I went last year and it was INCREDIBLE!! So many amazing things to try, and in a beautiful setting. Will definitely be going back this year

  2. 14 April, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    WOO HOO! #1 was great, #2 is MUY FANTASTICO!

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