Food & Wine International Festival in Morelia 2014

International Food & Wine Festival in Morelia

By Liliana Elena González


The 4th edition of the Food and Wine International Festival called Morelia en Boca will take place May 30,  31 and June 1st, 2014 at Casa de la Cultura, located in Morelos Norte 485, downtown Morelia.

The Festival will show the culinary richness of chocolate and the varietes of Michoacan mezcal production, as well as edible insects and craft beer. Rogelio Morales from Volcan Cellars in Napa Valley, California will represent successful michoacans living abroad. Special guest is Rick Bayless, researcher and professor, great promoter of Mexican cuisine in his country. Some of his books are: Authentic Mexican; Mexican Everyday; Mexico One Plate At A Time and Party at Rick’s.

This edition´s tribute will be for Carmen Ramírez Degollado, a Mexican chef born in Xalapa, Veracruz. “Titita”, as affectionately called by her friends, opened a restaurant called “El Bajio” in Mexico City in 1972. Her restaurant has showcases the culinary traditions of our country for over 40 years. Her book “Alquimias y Atmósferas del Sabor” (Flavor´s Alchemies and Atmospheres) was awarded the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2002 as Best Chef Book in Spanish and it got honorable mention for Best Chef Book in the World.

A new activity within the Festival this year is the Morelia Blanc & Noir dinner. This dinner promises to exceed the pleasures of a “Bon Vivant”. Guest Chefs: Daniel Oscar Romero and Angel Contreras Vazquez. Culinary coordinator Enrique Farjeat. The location of this dinner is secret, dinner guests will meet at Cerrada San Agustín in downtown Morelia and the dress code is “all white”.

Featured chefs from Mexico City: Pedro Ortega, from Grupo Estoril; Édgar Núñez, from Sud 777; Martha Ortiz, from Dulce Patria; Gerardo Vázquez Lugo, from Nicos; Luis Robledo Richards, from Tout Chocolat; Mari Tere Ramírez Degollado and Joan Bagur, from Sal y Dulce Artesanos; and Eduardo Wichtendahl Palazuelos, from Mar del Zur.

Also Aquiles Chávez, from La Fishería, en Houston, Texas; Diego Hernández Baquedano, from Corazón de Tierra, in Ensenada; Guillermo González Beristáin, from Grupo Pangea, in Monterrey; Francisco Ruano, from Alcalde, in Guadalajara; Daniel Romero, from Club Industrial de Monterrey; Ángel Vázquez, from restaurante Intro, in Puebla. David Cetina Medina, from La Tradición; Roberto Solís, from Néctar; both from Mérida.

Michoacan new talents: Fernando Martínez Zavala and Fabián González Figueroa.

Some of the speakers are Marco Valentini, CEO of Gourmet Valentini, Italian products and wines company. Jaime Andreu, Primus, who will speak about craft beers; Lorenzo García Guerra, from La Panna, in Guadalajara, exhibiting artisanal bakery; Hector Galvan, from La Casa Tropical, his subject will be cocoa and chocolate; and Eduardo Plascencia, who will speak about the present and the future of the culinary research.

Among the Festival´special guests are the chef Betty Vazquez, from The Dolphin Restaurant; in Riviera Nayarit; Patricia Quintana, outstanding researcher and developer of the cuisines of Mexico; Diana Kennedy, one of the leading figures of Mexico and the world in the study of our cuisine; Deby Beard, opinion leader on the wine world; Amado Garza, from Viñas de Garza; and Pau Pijoan, from Viñedos Pijoan.

Villa Gourmet located at Casa de la Cultura will be opened Friday May 29 and Saturday 30 from 11:30 am through 8:00 pm and Sunday June 1st from 11:30 am until 5:00 pm. There are different prices for half day, one day and the complete event package.

More info and to buy your tickets visit Morelia en Boca.


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