Taste of Playa is a new culinary event in Playa del Carmen that will celebrate the creativity and cultural influences of chefs throughout the Riviera Maya. The event will be a platform used to promote the unique culinary perspectives that fuel the passions and creativity of local chefs, highlight new event venues that will attract a variety of participants and coordinate the efforts of local businesses, municipal governments and international media to draw attention to the spirit of multi-cultural cooperation that defines the modern Riviera Maya.
International food fairs are held throughout the world, with each host city highlighting the best and most creative restaurants and retail food outlets that assist in defining the culture of the area. Playa Del Carmen is renowned for its diversity, its international influences, its culinary expertise and its Caribbean lifestyle. The restaurants and food industry have played a major part in the development and definition of the Riviera Maya and this event provides local businesses with an opportunity to showcase the expertise of their talented chefs.
The event is scheduled for September 5, 2009 in the Parque los Fundadores from 3 pm to 9 pm. Local businesses and sponsors will support the operations of this food focused event, leaving chefs free to concentrate on the execution of their creations. Government and media support will promote this festival to local residents and tourists alike, with the intention to make this an all inclusive event enabling people to sample creations that normally they may not have the means or opportunity to enjoy.
In the spirit of community support, a portion of the proceeds will be used to assist a not for profit food program in the area, with this year’s beneficiary being Ak Lu’um International School. Funds raised by Taste of Playa 2009 will provide the school with safe, clean drinking water for students, volunteers and teachers for the 2009/2010 school year.