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The month-long event will showcase avocados in food, spa treatments, cocktails, and more. Visitors can enjoy the Guacamania experience at Velas Resorts located in Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Maya, and Riviera Nayarit during the month of September.

Avocado lovers, rejoice: this healthy fruit is no longer just a topping to your toast; it’s the star ingredient in your meal, the garnish to your ice-cold cocktail, the emollient that will make your skin softer—when you travel to Velas Resorts in September. While the festival experience is slated for September, guests who come through Dec. 31 can still indulge in Guacamania’s special dishes, cocktails, spa treatments, and more on request.

The collection of luxury resorts is celebrating the avocado and its Mexican heritage with Guacamania, a month-long fest capitalizing on the flavor and nutritional value of this famed fruit with new menu items, avocado-inspired cocktails, spa treatments, and more.

From the moment you enter a Velas resort, the avocado-mania begins: you’ll be served a refreshing drink made from the fruit, or ushered to a buffet of housemade guacamole. An avocado chocolate awaits you on your turned-down bed; by the pool, avocado smoothies, or even an avocado popsicle, keep you cool. Avocados find their way into every meal—on top of sashimi or pizza, in gazpacho, BBQ, and smoothed into creamy macaroons.

You can wash down these innovative dishes with avocado craft cocktails created by Velas Resorts’ mixologists to play up the fruit’s natural flavors—paired with exclusive liquors. After you’ve allowed this fortifying fruit to heal you on the inside—avocados have heart-healthy fats and potassium—permit avocados to work magic on the outside with several avocado spa treatments, including skin scrubs, massages, body wraps, and hair treatments.

Source: Vallarta Nayarit Blog

 

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For the first time, Nayarit’s cuisine will be a part of the World Forum of Mexican Gastronomy, which will be taking place in Long Beach, California from August 16-19.

As a product of Governor Antonio Echevarría García’s managing during the previous Nayarit Fair in California, Nayarit’s Tourism Secretary -Cecilia Llanos Guzmán- announced that chefs Alondra Maldonado and Jorge Alberto Amezcua will represent Nayarit in the making of the menu of this international forum, along with their counterparts in the states of Guanajuato, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Tabasco, Quintana Roo and Sinaloa.

It is known, for example, that in the great country of the United States a fifth of the registered restaurants are Mexican, that there are more products consumed on the basis of industrialized corn, that within this country more tortillas are sold than in our own territory, that the cooks and the personnel of all hierarchy that work in professional or domestic kitchens come from our soil, that the trade of food products has a determining weight in the national economy and that, in short, our cuisine is embedded by the entire venous network of our northern neighbor. At this point we must ask ourselves what we are doing to ensure that this event truly results in adequate policies that benefit the wide range of factors that intervene in the flourishing of gastronomy with a Mexican stamp.

Thanks to mexican cuisine as a whole being considered an "intangible heritage of humanity", this forum works towards the rescue, safeguarding and promotion of it, as well as boosting the gastronomic tourism in Mexico, which has become one of the greatest strengths in Nayarit, hence why the governor was so keen on supporting it.

You can check the forum's full program here.

Source: Mirada Informativa (Spanish) & Conservatorio de la Cultura Gastronómica Mexicana

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The Riviera Nayarit is joining in the celebration of National Parks Day with an Eco Rally on Saturday, August 18, in Punta de Mita. 

The event is organized by the National Commission for Protected Areas (Conanp) via the Islas Marietas National Park and the Sierra de Vallejo Río Ameca Nayarit Jalisco, together with the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and Bahía Unida, the Punta Mita Foundation, and Mita Recycled, using the tagline “Enjoy, Learn, and Protect.”

The event also has the support of the following organizations: Ocean Connectors; Aquaventuras from Dolphin Discovery; the Manta Project; El Cora Crocodile Sanctuary; Pronatura Noroeste A.C.; Scouts; CEMBAB (Bahía de Banderas Marvelous Species Conservation), Quality and Hygiene Laboratories, and the San Pancho Bird Observatory.

Registration will be open through Wednesday, August 15th by calling the following: 329 291 5053, 322 209 1021 y 322 221 3549. Registration will also be available on Saturday, August 18th at the Punta Mita Foundation’s Del Mar Community Center at 8:30 a.m. The community center is located on 67 Avenida Las Pangas, Corral del Risco, Punta de Mita, Nayarit.

Source: Riviera Nayarit Blog

 

FeriaeloteEvery year during the first two weeks of August, the annual Sweet Corn Festival in Jala, Nayarit, a region where the largest corncobs in the world are grown, gives everyone a chance to experience a very Mexican tradition.

This year, Jala's traditional Corn Festival is taking place from August 6th–15th. Organized to honor the first harvest, corn is the star of this festival, but the local cuisine, culture and traditions play honorary roles.

Historically pagans began celebrating earlier, but since the event is also a religious occasion that celebrates the Virgin of the Assumption on August 15, nowadays the event lasts two weeks and features regional expos, sports competitions, jaripeos (bull riding), dancing and performances in public places, fireworks, and many other family-friendly activities.

The food booths, offering different varieties of corn as well as processed products based on this grain, are set on the streets and offer a real experience to the palate.

Source: Banderas News

Estero El SaladoPuerto Vallarta is distinguished and privileged by its biodiversity. As one of the most naturally beautiful places on earth, this destination is a natural sanctuary, where rivers, tropical jungles, mountains and sea come together to provide a wide variety of eco-tourism options and an endless array of outdoor adventures.

 

One example is the Estero El Salado, an urban eco-reserve in the heart of the city's hotel zone comprising 169 hectares, of which approximately 135 correspond to mangrove vegetation and wetlands; the rest is made up by two medium forest remnants bordered by water and underwater vegetation, thorn forest and secondary vegetation.

Its connection to the ocean is permanent through a channel that is nearly 20 meters wide, 3 meters deep, and 2 kilometers long that leads to the port's bay. Its landscape and habitat characteristics are favorable to tropical birds, clusters of colorful crabs, amphibians and reptiles, as well as other wildlife.

The estuary is home to over 100 species of birds in both aquatic and terrestrial habitats. Over 29 amphibians and reptiles have been identified, along with 10 mammal species and a variety of invertebrates and fish characteristic to mangrove areas.

Source: Banderas News