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Cancun-Riviera Maya Food and Wine Festival

Lush tropical forests, intriguing underwater caves and some of the most blindingly white sands in the world: this is the Mexican Caribbean  – also known as the Riviera Maya. Making it into our top-ten most popular holiday destinations for last year, visitors need few other reasons to book holidays in Mexico. However, if you still need a little aperitif, this week sees the annual Cancun-Riviera Maya Food and Wine Festival take place in the premier city-resort of Cancun.

Food and Wine Festival 2014

This vibrant port and Mexican hotspot provides a backdrop to one of Mexico’s top food festivals, comprising four days of food and drink tasting events, cookery demonstrations and guest appearances by renowned chefs such as Daniel Boulud. This year running from 13th – 16th March, ticketed events like the Gourmet Tasting Village are much-anticipated. But, what else is there to look forward to in this gastronomic gala?

The finest food and drink from Mexico – and beyond

Mexico is widely known for its mouth-watering cuisine, featuring dishes like chilli and lime-infused ceviche, piping-hot corn parcels or tamales and popular exports such as quesadillas and burritos. Cancun is even home to a restaurant by six-Michelin-starred chef Martin Berasategui, who was featured in 2013’s food festival.

But this event is not just about Mexican cuisine, delicious as it is. Each year carries a different theme, with 2014 celebrating ‘Europe Meets the Americas’ meaning there will be a special tribute to French culinary prowess. The Gourmet Tasting Village will be held at Secrets The Vine resort, featuring not only food from across the globe, but wine-tasting opportunities galore, as producers from the world’s finest vineyards gather in one place.

Get cooking with the stars!

Spread across 5 venues, the festival will include a total of 26 other events. One of the highlights will undoubtedly be the live cookery demonstrations, which will provide an interactive way for the audience to get involved and learn about technique, taking tips from chefs such as Canada’s  Daniel Vezina and Mexico’s own Guillermo González Beristain.

In addition to all the public events, there are also private catamaran trips out into the bay, VIP dinners and networking opportunities scheduled in Cancun – great for foodies and those who work in the industry.

What’s more, visitors to the food festival would be wise to take advantage of their surroundings at the resort. Situated on the glorious Yucatan peninsula, the city offers miles of perfect beaches, access to idyllic islands such as Isla Mujeres, as well as the chance to explore the Mayan heritage of this ancient region at the ruins of Chichen-Itza or the cliff-top site at Tulum.

Whether you’re a serious foodie or just a fan of wining and dining in beautiful surroundings, the Cancun-Riviera Maya Food and Wine Festival is certain to whet a lot of appetites this year. To find out more about Holiday Hypermarket’s holidays to Cancun and the Riviera Maya, take a look at the details on our main site.