Over the past few years, Playa del Carmen real estatehas been one of the fastest growing markets in Mexico and Latin America. Along with this growth has come an atmosphere of an international community and lifestyle; this atmosphere has been developed through a significant expat community, a large European population (mostly Italians) and a growing number of international cultural events.
Coming up this fall is a relatively new event – an international culinary event called “Taste of Playa.” Scheduled for November 21, at the park called “Parque Fundadores” just a 5 minute walk from the beach and tourist activity on Fifth Avenue, along the main access road (Juarez Ave.) This year is the second annual event.
Participating in the event will be many of the area’s most talented chefs, with 40 restaurants, bars and hotels from the entire area known as the Riviera Maya, which starts just south of Cancun at Puerto Morelos and ends at Tulum. Along with the rapid growth in tourism and quality real estate development, the area has drawn hundreds of chefs from around the world, talented in preparing unique international food.
A broad range of restaurants will be represented, includin Babe’s Noodles and Bar, which serves Thai food, Zenzi Beach Club, Zabor, Diablito, Cha Cha Cha, Los Aguachiles, Fusion and El Bistro de La Tortuga. These participants are returning from the 2009 event. For attendees who buy the all-inclusive VIP pass, chefs from Wicky’s Restaurant and Beach Club will be giving special service to these guests
Original cocktails and special drinks will be served to the public from Off the Vine, Dirty Martini, and Tequila Barrel Lounge.
New participants for 2010 are Lol Ha and Bakery and Turtle Bay Restaurant from Akumal, and La Casona de los Vinos, La Casa del Agua, Canibal Royal, Ula Gula, Carboncitos y Sapori di Casa from Playa del Carmen.
Chef John Gray, who represented Mexico at the festival ‘South Beach Wine & Food’ festival will offer unique dishes from his personal repertoire.
Tickets, including packages of “Playa pesos” or the all-inclusive VIP passes are available to the public online. Guests can also buy individual “Playa pesos” upon arrival on the day of the event.
5,000 people are expected to attend.
Other large-scale events enjoyed by Playa del Carmen real estate owners include an international jazz festival on the beach and film festivals.