|An Incomparable Dining Event at the International Altruism Festival, Puerto Vallarta|
Kathleen Dobek - PVNN
May 06, 2010
The Sixth Annual International Altruism Festival at the Marriott Casa Magna Resort in Puerto Vallarta was a great success, providing funds for twenty-five participating non-profit organizations and allowing guests to sample food prepared by the Banderas Bay area's best restaurants.
|Over 1000 guests attended this year's International Altruism Festival, which took place on May 2nd at the Marriott Casa Magna Resort in Puerto Vallarta. (photos by Kathleen Dobek)|
The May 2nd event hosted over 1000 guests who delighted in tasting food as varied as sushi, corn soup with huitlacoche, Spanish paella and scallop ceviche with beer foam. The desserts were equally impressive, such as chocolate torte with nuts and cream, and beautifully decorated pastries and cakes.
The Festival, organized by the Marriott Hotel and U.S. Consular Agent Kelly Trainor, provides a venue for residents and visitors to learn more about the area's charity organizations that provide assistance to needy children and adults, animals and the environment.
While meeting different organization representatives, everyone had a chance to visit all of the food and beverage booths, sampling their way through an evening of fine dining. As Michel Rojas, who assisted Kelly Trainor in organizing the Festival stated, "It was a very good opportunity, an excellent event, where we all learned about the different charities and the wonderful restaurants of our area."
Outstanding song and dance shows kept everyone entertained throughout the evening, culminating in a fireworks display on the beach.
Each participating charity organization, as well as individuals, sold tickets to the Festival, with 100% of ticket proceeds divided evenly among the organizations, providing significant funding for their ongoing charity activities.
Kathleen Dobek explores the culinary traditions of Mexico from her home in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Nayarit. Through regular columns on BanderasNews and via her Cooking in Mexico blog, Kathleen shares her experiences in Mexico and introduces the great variety of New World ingredients and contemporary dishes of this country to the foreigners who visit and live here.
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