Cancun Riveria Maya Wine + Food Festival at Grand Velas Riveriera Maya


Grand Velas Riviera Maya entices gourmets during the Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival, March 14-17, 2013, with a culinary-themed hotel package that includesdinner with the festival’s chef headliner, Massimo Bottura, as well as wine and tequila tastings. Chosen as a host hotel for the event due to its reputation within the international food community, the resort will also be home to many of the top chefs for the food festival.

Guests will live a unique culinary experience in tribute to a gastronomy legend, Chef Massimo Bottura, during “A Taste of Europe: Tribute to Massimo Bottura”.  Mark Ladner, Marc Vetri and Fabio Trabocchi, three celebrated chefs from the states, will honor Massimo’s ideas, with the collaboration of two chefs from his famous restaurant “Osteria La Francescana” (3 stars Michelin & top 5 restaurant in the world).

The five course dinner is paired with wines chosen and presented by Doug Frost, one of only 3 people in the world with Master Sommelier and Master of Wine designations.

The Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival includes a variety of other culinary and wine experiences.  For the full schedule of events, please visit

Grand Velas Riviera Maya, an all-suites and spa resort located five minutes from Playa del Carmen, is the latest and most sophisticated iteration of the ultra-luxury, all-inclusive resort experience.

They have 491 suites, each more than 1,000 square-feet, in three separate ambiances– premium ocean-front Grand Class Suites with terrace plunge pools for families with children 12 and up, family-friendly ocean-view Ambassador Suites and Zen Grand Suites embraced by the flora and fauna of the Yucatan Peninsula’s jungle.  The resort presents a gastronomic tour of the Yucatan, Europe and Asia offering seven restaurants with world-class chefs from France, Spain and Mexico; dedicated butler service for each guest, and the region’s largest spa sanctuary at over 89,000 square-feet specializing in signature treatments inspired by ancient cultures from around the world.  The spa was named “Best Spa” in the world by Virtuoso and also earned a SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Award.

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