As we previously posted, the International Gourmet Festival is now underway in Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit and Tepic. For ten days (from November 23rd to December 2nd) you can delight your palate with the talent of 30 chefs, hosts or guests, from 27 restaurants and hotels of the highest category in the region.
These are some of the best events that are being hosted at the festival in its 24th edition, don’t forget to check the complete program so you do not miss out on any of these great culinary experiences.
The Culinary Fest of France (November 27th – 30th): Four dinners in which chefs Steve Benjamin, Raúl Hernández and Guillaume Morancé will serve menus in homage to the “Chef of the Century”, Joël Robuchon.
Mole and Mariachis Night at Café des Artistes (November 28th):Delight your palate and your ear to a Mexican-style experience with a 6-course menu, from renowned chef Ricardo Muñoz Zurita, paired with wines and tequilas as the mariachi light up the night.
The Vintage Wine Fair (December 1st): An incredible fair enlivened with live music, where wine is the main guest paired with Quesart Mexican cheese, French bread pre-cooked by Bridor in Paris and baked in Le Bristro.
You can check the Festival's full program here.
Source: Vallarta Nayarit Blog
The 13th season of the very popular (and free!) Malecón Sculpture Walking Tours, created and conducted by Galería Pacifico owner Gary Thompson, is underway and will continue on a weekly basis through the middle of April.
The morning tour begins every Tuesday at 9:30 am in front of the "Millennium" sculpture, next to the Hotel Rosita at the north end of the Malecón in downtown Puerto Vallarta. There, sculptor Sr. Fernando Baños (also known as Mathis Lidice) starts the tour off by explaining the history, the making, and the details on this towering figure.
The Thursday evening sunset tours start at 6:00 pm at Galeria Pacifico, located at Aldama #174, between Juarez and Morelos Streets. This 1 1/2 hour tour goes south along the Malecón to the Demetro Galeria across from Lazaro Cardenas Park, where sculptor Jim Demetro talks about his public sculptures: Dancers of Vallarta, Woman Washing Clothes, and Andale Bernardo. As well, he is always happy to explain the complex wax process he still uses to create his sculptures in bronze, while his wife Eva offers wine and snacks.
Gary's personal experiences and interactions with the sculptors, as well as his numerous personal friendships with many of Vallarta's other artists, make the walk both entertaining and educational. And, as an added bonus, both sculpture tours support Biblioteca Los Mangos, Puerto Vallarta's public library and cultural center. Representatives of Los Mangos are on hand at the end of both tours to explain their many worthwhile projects and services, and to gratefully accept any donations offered to help support these activities.
Read more about Sculptures on the Malecón HERE
Source: Banderas News
During its first season, which corresponds to the autumn-winter season, the Caravana Festival will be held at Los Arcos del Malecón. Plenty of artists from Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara will offer music, dance, theater and circus shows, starting on Sunday, November 18 at 7:00pm and for four consecutive Sundays (until December 8.)
An array of artistic works will occupy the city’s most iconic spaces once the Caravana Festival begins, which, organized by the local government and through the Instituto vallartense de Cultura (IVC), will offer free entertainment for the whole family.
Marina de los Santos Álvarez, director of the IVC, said about the festival: ‘Our objective with this festival is to bring our Vallarta Centennial celebrations to a close with a flourish, as well as to take over these public spaces with a lineup of activities that includes quality entertainment from independent local, state and national companies that everyone can enjoy.’
The governement oficial noted that by pushing this type of activities we can revive local enonomy, benefiniting many families and independent cultural companies.
Source: NotiVallarta (Spanish)
Now in its ninth year, this event offers residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy an incredible combination of culture, food, cocktails, warm lighting and decorations, as well as live music and an artistic atmosphere, all from 6 to 10 pm.
This Friday, November 16, 2018, and until the first week of April 2019, the South Side Shuffle returns to enliven Basilio Badillo Street in Puerto Vallarta.
The South Side Shuffle is a chance to explore and learn about what each shop, jewelry store and gallery on Basilio Badillo Street in Puerto Vallarta’s vibrant Romantic Zone has to offer. This tour is like a party, with performances by some of the most popular local musicians.
Dates of the South Side Shuffle
- November 16 and 30, 2018
- December 14 and 28, 2018
- January 11 and 25, 2019
- February 8 and 22, 2019
- March 8 and 22, 2019
- April 5, 2019
Source: Vallarta Lifestyles
Popular website Airbnb has published an article with a list of the five trendiest cities to celebrate the New Year, with Puerto Vallarta making the list!
Airbnb has presented its list of the five trendiest cities to celebrate the New Year. The platform, which presents lodging options, based its findings on the increase in the number of reservations these places experienced during the last year. Get to know these five destinations!
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (Reservations increased 92 percent.)
In addition to the celebration itself, if you are looking for a place to relax before starting 2019, this warm city is the perfect place. Airbnb recommends renting an all-inclusive beachfront villa to make the most of your stay.
Tulum, Mexico (Reservations increased 78 percent.)
Celebrate the New Year surrounded by white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. Discover ancient ruins in dreamy natural landscapes.
Source: Vallarta Lifetyles