The secondannual Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival will take place from March 14 to 17, bringing together affluent consumers and prestigious food, wine, spirits or coffee producers, importers and distributors.
It is being cosponsored by American Express Mexico, Nextel, Food & Wine, the Cancun Conventions Bureau (OVC), the Riviera Maya Tourism Board and Visit Mexico.
Under the theme Europe meets the Americas, the festival will celebrate Italy and feature avant-garde Chef Massimo Bottura of three-star Michelin restaurant Osteria, and Mexican chef Enrique Olvera, whose restaurants Osteria Francescana and Pujol were ranked No. 5 and No. 36 in the world, respectively.
The 25-plus events will include a 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 and Riviera Maya;
and a closing fiesta with the theme, ?Italy meets Mexico: Same Colors, Different Flavors.?