It used to be that Cancún was all about the non-stop margaritas and 24-hour nachos. Sure, you haven’t been on Spring Break in years, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t hit up Cancún. After all, the beaches are amazing, the adventuring is wild, the scenery is stunning, and, most importantly, there are a host of resorts and restaurants that serve amazing food. In 2010, Mexican cuisine was named on the UNESCO World Heritage site list of intangibles right alongside French cuisine.
Cancún was singled out on the top travel destination list of 2015 in a recent Expedia study that analyzed travel trends and popular destinations.
In 2012, Ferran Adrià headlined the Cancún-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival, ushering in an era of food appreciation the island hadn’t seen in a while. It has become an annual event, held every March with a new theme each year.
The 2014 festival celebrated France with the participation of chef Daniel Boulud and renowned Mexican chef Guillermo Gonzalez Beristain from Monterrey who has revolutionized traditional and contemporary food in the northern part of Mexico.
This March, the Cancún-Riviera Maya Wine and Food Fest returns with a focus on celebrating Mexico’s leading female chefs. 24 events featuring culinary stars will showcase local Mexican gastronomy over four days.
If you’re thinking of taking a culinary vacation, make Cancún one of your stops.
International and local cuisine are celebrated at the six à la carte gourmet restaurants at Secrets the Vine. The on-property wine vault at The Lobby Bar holds as many as 4,500 varieties of vino, and mixologists specialize in creating unique cocktails that go way beyond the margarita.
The chefs at CasaMagna Marriott Cancún are serious about serving you an authentic experience. At Mikado, the Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant, chefs train for months with hibachi chefs to deliver a delicious and unique experience for diners. An authentic Argentinian steakhouse delivers international prime cuts as well as stellar seafood and a unique international-style breakfast buffet.
If you enjoy spending time in the kitchen, the Paradisus resort can make sure it’s part of your vacation. Cooking and sushi-making classes, as well as wine tasting and learning seminars, can be worked into your itinerary to ensure a hands on culinary experience.
One of the host hotels for the 2015 Wine & Food Festival Cancún/Riviera Maya, the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancún Resort & Spa offers chef-led courses in guacamole making; tequila tasting and pairing; sommelier-led wine tasting; and an active dessert course with their world-renowned pastry chef. When it comes to dining, there are six on-property restaurants (three of which are signature locales) featuring European cuisine, authentic Mexican, seafood, and more are on offer.