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Riviera Nayarit Celebrates First 'Cocktail-Art' Event

November 27, 2013

The "Coctel-Arte 2013" event will be held this weekend at the Universidad Tecnológica de Bahía de Banderas in Riviera Nayarit. The event brings together bartenders and mixologists from Mexico and Spain.

Riviera Nayarit, Mexico - The Universidad Tecnológica de Bahía de Banderas (UTBB) is celebrating its first-ever international event for mixologists, "Coctel-Arte 2013," in its facilities at the Riviera Nayarit.

This event promotes mixologists, bartenders, and cocktailing across the board; its mission is to publicize the ephemeral art of the cocktail through responsible training, innovation, creativity, and—last but not least—fun.

"I’m eternally grateful to the UTBB for allowing us to hold this event on its grounds; I’m just as grateful to the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Banderas Bay Hotel and Motel Association," said Lupita Cruz, the Managing Director of Coctel-Arte.

Among the internationally renowned Mexican mixologists that will be present at the event are Israel Díaz Pelayo, the ambassador mixologist from the Riviera Nayarit, and Antonio Barroeta from the Academia Mexicana de Mixología.

There will be a total of 18 mixologists attending, among then one of the top mixologists in the world, Javier Caballero from Spain, who will finalize the talks and workshops.

"There is a lot of talent in the region," added Cruz, "so we decided to open in the Riviera Nayarit because it’s the birthplace of and the doorway to our culinary world, which is closely tied to mixology. We’re taking this to an international level."

The date is set for Saturday, November 30th, from 4-10 pm. This event is the perfect excuse to inaugurate the UTBB’s new Enology Laboratory, which is part of the Gastronomy department and represents an investment of $450 thousand pesos.

"It’s very important for us to be innovators with activities that others aren’t daring to do," said UTTB president José Gómez. "If you never take that first step nothing will ever happen, but when you do and do it responsibly, you’ll be successful."

The Enology Lab will benefit the 600 Gastronomy students, helping learn the main trends and techniques necessary for their development.

A very important part of the event will be the "Music Made Cocktail" presentation by the finalists of the "DJ Vallartenses" youth contest, under the guidance of Jorge Alberto García.

For more information or if you’d like to participate in this fabulous event, please visit to register with the early bird fee of $200 pesos; unregistered participants and those paying on the day of the event will be charged $250 pesos; UTBB students pay only $100 pesos. For directions call (322) 226 8307.

About Riviera Nayarit: Mexico’s luxury travel destination, Riviera Nayarit, stretches along 192 miles of pristine Pacific coast framed by the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains just ten minutes north of the 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, 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. For more information, visit the official website at