Puerto Vallarta is nominated for Best Destination and Best Gourmet Destination by Food & Travel Mexico magazine in the 2018 Reader Awards, their yearly survey recognizing the best in national tourism, including destinations, hotels, airlines, travel agencies, restaurants, spas, and cruises.

The four categories for which Puerto Vallarta has been nominated are: Best Destination, Best Gourmet Destination, Best Spa and Best Beach Boutique Hotel.

"Being included on the list of nominees for the Best Destinations in Mexico is an honor for Puerto Vallarta, which in just a few years has consolidated its tourism offer with new hotels that offer excellent amenities, as well as high quality tourism services, in addition to its natural attractions, the security offered to its visitors, and the renowned hospitality of its people," said Javier Aranda Pedrero, the director of the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust.

Home to a vast array of restaurants serving a wide variety of cuisines to suit every taste and budget, Puerto Vallarta distinguishes itself from other destinations by offering a wide range of culinary experiences, which have put it in the running for the magazine's 2018 award for the 'Best Gourmet Destination in Mexico.'

To vote you can visit Food & Travel's website.

Source: Banderas News

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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



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


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