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16th Annual Gourmet Festival Reaches San Blas And Tepic
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August 11, 2010

Eleven Riviera Nayarit restaurants, extending to San Blas and Tepic, will participate in the 16th Annual International Gourmet Festival Vallarta from November 11-21, 2010.
International Gourmet Festival organizers and authorities from the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau recently announced the 2010 edition of this festival, which will take place from November 11-21. Eleven Riviera Nayarit restaurants will participate extending to San Blas and Tepic.

Chef Beatriz Vazquez, who grew up at San Blas, boldly affirms that, "in Riviera Nayarit, food has always been extraordinary." Her confidence lays on several concrete facts: the cuisine in this region has been evolving since Colonial times, receiving a great deal of foreign influence, as many European and Asian missions were established due to the intense commerce that existed with Asia, which mainly originated in Manila and arrived at San Blas.

The International Gourmet Festival organizers and authorities from the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau recently announced the 2010 edition of this festival, which will take place from November 11th-21st. They also praised the success that this important event has experienced, as it's a catalyst to the promotion of not only Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, but also of regions extending to San Blas and Tepic, where two culinary surprises await the diners that visit these destinations looking for new culinary experiences.

The organizers of this event, Roland Menetrey, Thierry Blouet and Heinz Reise, also commended the importance of this festival, which congregates dozens of restaurants at both destinations, positioning Puerto Vallarta's and Riviera Nayarit's gastronomy amongst the best in this country, and contributes to attract high-end tourism to the region.

The El Delfin Restaurant of Garza Canela Hotel at San Blas has a menu that changes daily under the supervision of Chef Vazquez, just like Emiliano Restaurant in Tepic, led by Marco Valdivia Carrillo. These two high-end gastronomic jewels are playing their part in expanding the International Gourmet Festival, bringing with them a load of Mexican cuisine.

"Since Colonial times, the people at San Blas got used to having good food around, as Germans, British, Italians settled and were influenced by the Asian spices. Therefore, regardless of where you decide to sit down to eat, whether it's under the shade of a pergola, a taco stand, a seaside restaurant or one of the exclusive gourmet restaurants, you'll always find great food", explains Betty Vazquez, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu that has extensive international experience under her sleeve.

Eleven Riviera Nayarit restaurants will participate with a wide selection of influences and tendencies. Besides the aforementioned restaurants, the festival will include Hotel des Artistes' Café des Aristes del Mar, La Cruz Bistro Grill, Marival Residences' Omaggio, Nicksan, Grand Velas' Luca, Grand Mayan's Tramonto, Villa La Estancia's La Casona, Dreams Villa Magna's Porto Fino, and Four Seasons' Ketsi.

About El Delfin and Chef Beatriz Vazquez

Garza Canela is a 100% Nayarit-based family business that opened its doors in 1970 as Las Brisas Resort. Under the Vazquez Gonzalez family management, in 1998 it changed its name to honor the small endemic cinnamon-colored heron. Its restaurant El Delfin, opened its doors that same year, located at the heart of the hotel, bordered by gardens and overlooking the pool.

The culinary experience devised by Beatriz Vazquez allows us to travel from traditional to innovative Mexican cuisine. The menu is both simple and delicious, and is complemented by a professional, attentive and personalized service.

Betty's interest in cooking started at an early age, as her grandmother heavily influenced her. She traveled to Paris to study at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu academy, where she graduated and created her own culinary style in a professional background that spans 25 years.

Vazquez has taken internships and seminars with chefs as renowned as Juan Mari Arzak, Albert Adría and Valentino Mercatilli. She has also received awards such as Canirac's Restaurant Business Excellence Award, and has provided consultancy services for the design of kitchens and menus at many restaurants and industrial facilities.

About Emiliano and Chef Marco Valdivia

After opening its doors in Tepic in February 2006, Emiliano restaurant has become an innovative concept in the culinary world. With a mission to offer a culinary alternative to its distinguished guests, the restaurant is located on a property that has both historic and architectonic value. This antique Colonial building dating from the end of the 18th century is located in the historic downtown district of Tepic, a few steps away from the main square.

Emiliano offers a unique gourmet experience in Tepic, and tries to contribute to the culinary culture of this region with an instruction program that includes wine appreciation courses, sampling, parings and conferences, organized throughout the year.

Chef Marco Valdivia began as a self-learner at his family business, and inherited the passion for cooking from his mom, who shared a lot of well-kept secrets with him. Later on he studied Tourism at the Universidad Tecnologica de Nayarit, where he developed a new passion for offering a creative experience for his guests.

His personal style has led him to fuse contemporary Mexican cuisine with Mediterranean flavors, mixing them with the taste of the traditional recipes of his hometown.

About Riviera Nayarit: Mexico’s newest destination, Riviera Nayarit, stretches along 192 miles of pristine Pacific coast framed by the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains just ten minutes north of accessible Puerto Vallarta International Airport. The region extends along the entire coast of the Pacific state of Nayarit including the resorts of Nuevo Vallarta, the historic colonial town of San Blas, exclusive Punta Mita, picturesque fishing villages, miles of serene beaches and spectacular Banderas Bay. Riviera Nayarit offers countless activities, all pleasantly affordable, such as: PGA golf courses, luxury spas, whale watching, turtle release, zip lining, surfing, record deep sea fishing, bird watching, international cuisine, and shopping for local artwork and traditional Huichol handicrafts. The region attracts and satisfies vacationers of all tastes and budgets with its wide range of accommodations including chic luxury resorts, eco-tourism boutique hotels and quaint B&B inns. Visit the website at

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