Marking its 15th anniversary, the occasion showcases a lineup that boasts renowned global chefs and exceptional talents from Mexico.
Running from September 29th to October 7th, the 15th iteration of the traditional Vallarta-Nayarit Gastronomic Encounter will be hosted at the Krystal Grand Hotel in Nuevo Nayarit. This event serves as a platform to bring together some of the world’s most accomplished chefs to present awe-inspiring culinary experiences.
The unveiling of the program for this rich and flavorful festival occurred this week at Quinta Sauza, Tequila. Among those in attendance were Carlos Elizondo (VNG Director), Consuelo Elipe (VNG), Rocío Lancaster Jones (General Director of Promotion for the State of Jalisco), Ruth Estephanie Ibarra (Director of the Nayarit State Trust), Christian Preciado (Director of Municipal Tourism for Puerto Vallarta), and Víctor Manuel Martínez (Global Ambassador of Agave Spirits and Manager of the Visitors Center at the tequila distillery where the event took place).
Given that this year’s host hotel is situated in Nayarit, the event has been temporarily retitled Nayarit-Vallarta Gastronómica, as per the organizers. However, on social media and in logos, the name of the Jalisco destination will continue to hold prominence.
Carlos Elizondo, the President of this gastronomic gathering, is pleased with the achievements thus far but is equally eager to continue progressing. He emphasizes that the event is not only noteworthy for the caliber of its invited chefs, but it remains fundamentally educational. He states, “We have not lost sight that it is, above all, a formative encounter. Many students and young individuals come here to learn about cooking and find guidance and inspiration,” through panels and culinary workshops.
The amalgamation of elegance and instructional sessions provides attendees with an unparalleled event. This is exemplified by the guest list, which includes notable figures such as Ecuadorian Pía Salazar (recently crowned as the World’s Best Pastry Chef by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants), Kisko García (chef from Córdoba, Spain), Carlos Gaytán (the first Mexican chef to be awarded a Michelin star), and Marsia Taha (a Bolivian chef boasting one of Latin America’s top restaurants).
These luminaries are joined by the ensemble of “Celebrity Chefs,” an ever-generous selection that encompasses the legendary Alejandro Espinoza (“The Chef’s Spoon”), Karla Castro (“Don Cenobio’s Hideaway”), Betty Vázquez (“Garza Canela Hotel” and the “Master Chef” program), as well as Jorge Orozco (ambassador of pre-Hispanic cuisine).
In this edition, Spain takes the spotlight as the guest country, once again infusing the event with its distinct flavor and culinary wealth. Representing Mexico, the highlighted regional cuisines at this significant event will hail from Guanajuato, Nuevo León, Querétaro, and Tamaulipas.