Puerto Vallarta gearing up for gourmet festival finale tonight, basking in UNESCO honor
As the Puerto Vallarta area celebrates its 16th annual Festival Gourmet International Puerto Vallarta Riviera Nayarit this week, Mexican cuisine has been granted a high honor. UNESCO has declared Mexican food an “intangible heritage of humanity.”
On its Web site, UNESCO wrote, “Traditional Mexican cuisine is a comprehensive cultural model comprising farming, ritual practices, age-old skills, culinary techniques and ancestral community customs and manners. It is made possible by collective participation in the entire traditional food chain: from planting and harvesting to cooking and eating.”
The gourmet festival was highlighted on Friday by a wine and cheese tasting. Click here for that story. It ends Saturday night with a chef’s dinner.
Tourists in Puerto Vallarta and throughout Mexico’s resorts are demanding high-quality food and restaurants are delivering. Even all-inclusive restaurants, which have often been slammed for serving up mediocre food are stepping up their game.
The Buenaventura Grand Hotel and Spa in Puerto Vallarta is a good example of a hotel that offers all-inclusive options but serves up quality cuisine. The hotel is also the only five-star property in downtown or “Centro” Puerto Vallarta. The hotel offers buffet style dining ideal for families, as well as fine dining. The recession and favorable exchange rate has translated into some amazing deals in Puerto Vallarta, for example you can stay at the Buenaventura for as little as $103 a night, an incredible bargain considering that you could easily pay more than that for all your beverages and meals in the US. But expect to pay more during the high winter season.
If you don’t mind forgoing the amenities offered in a full-service hotel, some great deals can also be found in small boutique hotels. An excellent list of gay-friendly boutique hotels and condo rentals can be found in Gay Guide Vallarta.
Puerto Vallarta celebrates restaurants twice a year. The second event is called Restaurant Week. It will happen next on May 15-31 2011. It features discounts of up to 50% at some of Puerto Vallarta’s finest restaurants.
Festival Gourmet International Mexico, Puerto Vallarta – Rivera Nayarit began in 1995. The idea began as a conversation between Thierry Blouet of Café des Artistes, Heinz Reize of Hotel Krystal and Silvan Müller of Nestlé. The trio thought it would be a good way to promote Puerto Vallarta’s restaurants on a world stage.
Click here for an interview with Gary Beck on what you can expect at Puerto Vallarta’s restaurants. He talks about the festival and restaurant week near the end of the interview.
The large gay community in Puerto Vallarta’s Old Town or Zona Romantica has helped support some of the city’s best restaurants. Gays are often the trendsetters for supporting up and coming restaurants. Click here for part two of the interview where Beck, a former San Francisco resident, talks about some gay favorites in Vallarta.
For more information visit Puerto Vallarta’s official tourist board site here.
Wine tasting highlighted Puerto Vallarta’s gourmet festival Friday (click here for the story)
Puerto Vallarta is a feast for gourmet food fans this week (click here for the story)
Puerto Vallarta’s gourmet restaurant fest drawing worldwide foodies this week (click here for the story)
Lido Beach Club opening Monday, Puerto Vallarta Gourmet fest in full swing (click here for the story)