Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - What better way to kick off Valentine's Day than to stroll through Vallarta's favorite weekend attraction, the Old Town Farmers Market-Tianguis Cultural? Meet up with your sweetie, and enjoy a day of "make it, bake it, grow it" shopping, live music, chiropractic sessions and favorites from the International Food Court.
Pick up freshly-cut tropical flowers, greeting cards, wine bags and all-natural body products. Capture the spirit of Mexico with handmade Pre-Hispanic instruments, Huichol art and traditionally woven items. Pair up custom-made clothing and bikinis with handcrafted jewelry and sandals.
Then scoop up these must-haves for a romantic dinner: fresh produce, baked goods, meat pies, cheeses, deli meats, nut butters, fermented foods/natural vinegars, Greek yogurt, dressings, salsas, moles and organic coffee.
Don't forget the sweet stuff! Select from tasty cookies, fruit pies, sweet breads, and of course, the divine flavors of Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates.
Meet Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates
Xocodiva honors Mexico as the birthplace of chocolate by blending Mesoamerican mythology and tradition with European artistry. Xocodiva - "xoco" from the Mayan word xocolatl and diva for "god" in Latin - delivers the deliciousness of cacao, commonly hailed as the Mayan's "Food of the Gods."
Xocodiva's owners and chocolatiers, Charlotte Semple and Carole Fast, devote special attention to the artistry, ingredients, and flavor of their divine delicacies. Their unique blend of European couverture with fresh local ingredients excite the senses and caress the palate.
From luxurious truffles to creamy caramels, every Xocodiva artisan chocolate is carefully handcrafted in small batches right here in Old Town Vallarta. Tempting flavors range from the traditional classic dark truffle, passion fruit, espresso, lemon, tequila and champagne to the ever-so-popular chili and salt caramel.
An elegantly wrapped box of Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates is ideal for those who want to share something extraordinary. Whether you're searching for the perfect hostess gift, celebrating a special occasion, or bringing the "Food of the Gods" to a loved one this Valentines, the gift of Xocodiva chocolate will reflect your style and perfectly complement your sentiments.
While shopping in town or for those planning to travel, ice packs are available to ensure that your chocolates arrive home in perfect condition, every time.
Visit Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates at the Old Town Farmers' Market-Tianguis Cultural on Saturdays or at their Zona Romantica shop, Basilio Badillo #168B, from 10 am to 10 pm daily. For more information, call (322) 222-3289 or join their Facebook community.
Don't forget to pop in next door, where Lix by Xocodiva is serving up delicious artisan ice cream by the scoop, in banana splits, sundaes and milk shakes. Go for the ever-popular cherries & chocolate, rocky road, salt caramel & candied pecan, triple berry, moka, peanut butter or one of their non dairy sorbets. Looking for a special treat? Try one of their famous gourmet bananas. Lix is open daily (noon to 11 pm) at 168C Basilio Badillo.
While at the market, join us for yoga classes (9:30-10:30 am) taught by instructors from Yoga Collective. We meet in the kiosk every Saturday morning through April 30th. Participation is by donation.
Meet the Market
The OTFM-TC is a North American style market that celebrates the tradition and culture of Mexico's outdoor Tianguis markets. It is also a registered non-profit/association civil organization that focuses on nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit of Puerto Vallartans. All OTFM-TC products are either locally grown or handmade within 75 kilometers of the city.
Interested in becoming a new OTFM-TC vendor or volunteer? Stop by the information booth to pick up an application.For market updates in English - and now in Spanish - please visit OldTownFM.com, and "like" us on Facebook.
Click HERE to learn more about the Puerto Vallarta Old Town Farmers' Market.