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Vidanta Riviera Nayarit Kicks Off Gastronómica 2017

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August 14, 2017

This culinary event featuring seven renowned chefs marks the start of the activities for the 9th Vallarta-Nayarit Gastronómica 2017, which is set to take place from October 29 through November 1.

Riviera Nayarit, Mexico - The Kick-Off Gastronómico Vidanta, starring a group of national and international chefs, is ready to go from August 14-16 and marks the start of the activities for the 9th Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica 2017, which will take place in October of this year.

The event features a gala pairing dinner on Tuesday, August 15, which promises to be a culinary dream come true thanks to the participation of the foremost names in national and international gastronomy with the theme "Spain & Mexico, a very exclusive culinary fusion."

Chef Paco Roncero, one of the most recognized names in Spain's cutting-edge cuisine and the recipient of 2 Michelin Stars and 3 Repsol Suns, will take the lead on the dinner. Roncero is also the driving force behind Ibiza's Sublimotion restaurant, billed as the "most expensive in the world.”

Gerardo Iriarte, Executive Chef for Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta, will be hosting this incredible experience. He has over 25 years of experience and has garnered several culinary awards in Mexico, Latin America and Europe.

Chef Iriarte will be accompanied by special guest chefs, including:

Bricio Domínguez, owner of El Jardín de los Milagros in Guanajuato, who has perfected his recipes to retain the traditional essence of Mexican cooking while showcasing his distinctive style.

Betty Vázquez, Culinary Ambassador for the Riviera Nayarit and one of the judges for Master Chef México, is the owner of El Delfín restaurant in San Blas and has made Mexico's Pacific cuisine fashionable through her exquisite Nayarit dishes.

Aarón Mizrahi, Ambassador Chef for Creekstone Farms, is an expert in US beef. He has shared his cuisine with Michelin Star chefs and cooked for them, as well as for high-ranking politicians and celebrities that range from the world's best DJs to icons of Hispanic music.

Marco Valdivia, who has helmed Tepic's Emiliano restaurant for seven years, and who presents a modern, fresh take on contemporary Mexican cooking with a dash of the traditional cuisine of his home state of Nayarit.

Elías Sapién Jr. is a banquet professional from Guadalajara who will conduct a workshop on specialty dietary requirements such as kosher, vegan, alkaline and celiac, including the theoretical framework and a demonstration of successful dishes and recipes.

Gourmet Culinary Workshops and Premium Tastings

There will also be several gourmet culinary workshops and premium tastings for demanding palates conducted by Vinos L.A. Cetto and Yamir Pelegrino, one of the best Master Sommeliers, Wine & Cigar, in the world. There will be pairings with L.A. Cetto wines, Tequila Sauza, Moët & Chandon, Hennessy, Bohemia beer and Clinik.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau is proud to support this important event, which without a doubt will contribute to the promotion of the Riviera Nayarit and in influx of tourism to the destination, shining an international spotlight on the quality of the culinary offerings that visitors will experience in Mexico's Pacific Treasure.

For more details on the activities of the upcoming Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica 2017, and a look at the complete program, please visit

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