On Saturday, September 5, 2009, over 25 of Playa del Carmen’s most creative and talented chefs, restaurateurs, beverage purveyors and specialty food merchants gathered in the city center, the seaside Parque Fundadores, to present their signature dishes and culinary creations to visitors and the residents of the Riviera Maya. It seemed to be one of the hottest days of the year and still nearly three thousand people came through the festival over the course of the day. Some were just curious, coming through to take a peek at the festivities. Many more stayed to enjoy the atmosphere, the music and, of course, the delicious food and clever cocktail creations of the participating chefs and mixologists. Many of the corporate sponsors were also on hand, including Rob Kinnon from Buy Playa Real Estate Advisors, Kristin Roehmer of Bric International and LocoGringo’s very own Kay Walten. It seemed that they were all very pleased with the turnout for this fledgling event and the quality of the food that was being presented.
An Eclectic Fusion of Flavors
The chefs were truly superstars on this day, braving the heat and the sun in their crisp chef coats and toques to greet guests and serve up the very best they have to offer, the food that distinguishes them as chefs and that has put Playa del Carmen on the culinary map. Certainly anyone who came to this event now knows without a doubt that dining in Playa del Carmen is no longer just about tacos and cerveza. The range of ingredients, preparations and presentations was diverse showing the many multicultural influences that make up the cuisine of the modern Riviera Maya. With over 700 restaurants to choose from the region now draws the attention of food lovers who come from all over the world to experience the best of traditional Mexican cuisine and the eclectic fusion of flavors from international chefs who have chosen the Riviera Maya as their home and creative base.
The Taste of Playa Executive Committee is already making plans for 2010. Organizers have received valuable feedback from sponsors, participants, volunteers and guests that will surely be incorporated into future events. Everyone has expressed the hope that the festival will grow exponentially over the years, becoming a true destination event that will draw new visitors to the region and contribute to the cosmopolitan reputation of Playa del Carmen. If you were unable to attend or participate in the event this year, you will definitely want to make plans to check out Taste of Playa 2010. For more information, visit www.tasteofplaya.com.