Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica is back with a gala lineup and great updates

  • Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit is getting decked out from September 29 through October 3 to celebrate the eleventh edition of this gastronomic festival, featuring a group of 36 internationally-renowned chefs.

Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica is ready for a new cycle with the slogan “We have a story to tell,” right on the heels of their big celebration for their tenth anniversary.

During a press conference last Thursday, August 29, event organizers and directors Carlos Elizondo and Consuelo Elipe shared how what started out as a training seminar is today a top-ranked festival, one that continues to evolve offering the latest and greatest from Latin America’s culinary landscape.

Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit are getting decked out from September 29 through October 3, 2019, to celebrate the eleventh edition along with 36 renowned chefs. Between them the chefs have received multiple Michelin Stars and Soles Repsol, as well as top spots in The 50 Best Restaurants and Top Chefs. Sommeliers, mixologists, and world-class speakers will also be present.

Jesús Carmona Jiménez, president of the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau, highlighted the importance of gastronomy as a key asset for the promotion of the Riviera Nayarit. He encouraged a continuation of the joint work between Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit, especially now that the Mexico Tourism Board is closed.

“The region has so much to offer, diversity, events, etc., but now we need to celebrate and promote our gastronomy,” he reiterated.

Richard Zarkin and Jesús Carmona Jiménez.

The event
VNG 2019 is staying true to its origins with show cookings, premium tastings, gourmet workshops, the GastronomiKids segment, samplings, an expo area, wine-pairing dinners, and special events. The event is also setting an important precedent by evolving and improving its experiences through new events aimed at strengthening business alliances and touching on topics of interest for the industry including:

Gourmet Night Out, a meet and greet between the top 100 Decision Makers in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit with sponsors and press that takes place during a private cocktail party in the expo area of the Hotel Sheraton Buganvilias. This VIP closed-door networking event is for a select group of destination professionals designed to close business more effectively.

This year’s lineup includes some of the most important and media-savvy chefs in the world as well as some expert speakers including: Eddy Warman, gastronomy and wine specialist with a popular radio show; Anette Michel, Master Chef host on TV Azteca; Ramón Dios, founder of gastrocoaching and owner of Mesón Fuencarral; and Cecilia Núñez, editorial director and partner at Food & Travel México; among others.

Chef Lula Martín del Campo, with her vast experience as a chef and with the media, is emceeing the event and is hosting one of the main wine-pairing dinners on the program.

Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica 2019 undoubtedly has a fantastic lineup that includes several surprises to be announced during the inauguration.

The world of wine and spirits is sharing the latest news and products via sommeliers and mixologists. This year the event features two of the greatest: Martin Kovar and Israel Díaz. As far as private events, the welcome cocktail is a much-anticipated gala event. 

Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica wouldn’t be complete without GastronomiKids. This segment began in 2016 as part of its social responsibility program and stayed on to help the less-fortunate kids.

For all the details on the official program and private events click
The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) continue to work together to advance the region, strengthening its promotion and helping position Mexico’s Pacific Treasure on the national and international map with the support of the Government of the State of Nayarit via the Tourism Promotion Trust (Fiprotur).

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