The Riviera Maya is preparing to host the first edition of the Apapaxoa GastroCultural Festival Xcaret, an event that promises to celebrate Mexican roots and international haute cuisine.

Organized by Grupo Xcaret, this festival seeks to become a reference in the culinary world, combining the diversity of local flavors and ingredients with the experience of renowned international chefs.

A celebration of flavors and culture

From July 17 to 21, visitors will be able to enjoy a program that includes presentations, cultural experiences, and exclusive dinners at various restaurants in Xcaret hotels and parks. Hotel Xcaret México, Hotel Xcaret Arte, La Casa de la Playa, Parque Xcaret, Xplor, and Xoximilco Cancún will be the venues for this culinary celebration.

Stars of gastronomy

Among the guest chefs, the Spanish Ferrán Adrià, pioneer of molecular cuisine, will offer a master lecture and a tribute dinner on July 20 at the Gran Tlachco in Xcaret Park. Also participating will be Andoni Anduriz, chef with two Michelin stars, and Antonio Bachour, recognized as the best pastry chef in the world.

Ana Karime López, the first Mexican woman to obtain a Michelin Star and chef of Osteria Gucci in Florence, will host a special dinner, while Carlos Gaytán, Jonatán Gómez Luna, Martha Ortiz and other members of the Xcaret Gastronomic Collective will showcase their culinary talent at various events during the festival.

Activities and experiences

The festival will not only focus on gastronomy, but will also offer a variety of cultural and recreational activities. There will be art exhibitions, live music and workshops that will allow attendees to learn about the latest culinary trends and sustainable practices.

The event will culminate with the famous Sunday Brunch at the Las Cuevas Restaurant at Hotel Xcaret México, where guest and local chefs will offer show cooking stations in a spectacular setting.

Tips for attendees

To fully enjoy the festival, it is recommended to plan ahead and book events of interest through the official website, since places are limited. The presentations and dinners will have different prices, from MXN 1,950 for a Day Pass that includes the presentation and lunch, to MXN 4,500 for the Ferrán Adrià Tribute Dinner.

Also, bring comfortable clothes and prepare for a gastronomic journey that celebrates the richness and diversity of Mexican cuisine.

How much does it cost?

– Day Pass: MXN 1,950 (includes presentation and lunch at the Mercado de San Juan or Mercado La Merced restaurant)

– Pairing dinner at the restaurants Kibi Kibi, Chino Poblano, Encanta, Cantina Los Faroles and Tuch de Luna: MXN 2,900

– Pairing dinner at Xaak and Dual restaurants (centli-lumbre): MXN 3,500

– Dinner at Hà: MXN 3,800

– Ferran Adrià Tribute Dinner: MXN 4,500


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