Puerto Vallarta already holds a reputation as a gastronomical city. It’s a destination people come and visit not just to enjoy the beaches, but also indulge in one of Mexico’s best food scenes. And not just Mexican food either, but also to taste fine international cuisine.
To add to this reputation, the Vallarta Wine Festival began. After a successful first year, the event continues to grow and is now in its 5th year. Scheduled for February 21-27th, 2011 the event will include venues in both Mexican states of Jalisco and Nayarit. (Puerto Vallarta is in Jalisco, but borders Nayarit and the Riviera Nayarit). The region will once again open the doors of its hospitality to the wine community and its connoisseurs.
Wine makers, sommeliers, and the most important consumers will have the opportunity to attend events and sample wine. With the theme, the wines from Spain, numerous local restaurants will offer pairings of the regions fine cuisine and the imported labels available in Mexico. It makes for a perfect opportunity to meet and greet the wine community.
But the events are also aimed to educate, enlighten and be enjoyed. Don’t expect just wine tastings with special menus. Many events seem to pair wine with the arts too. Cinema, live dance and musical performances will entertain and enhance the experience or vice versa.
Highlights of the week include a flamenco dancing performance by Algeciras and music by Grupo Tlalipac with a special performance by soprano Natalia Ramos. For more information about the event, including the complete schedule, you can find it on it’s official website.
Photos by Craig Zabransky