Rick Bayless Headlines First Food & Wine Festival in Mexico

Bayless is good at these festival things.
Bayless is good at these festival things. Photo: Blake Royer

Food & Wine just announced that it will host its first festival in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mexico. As is normal for these things, there will be “cooking demonstrations, tastings, seminars and intimate tours.” But the biggest news, at least for us here in chilly Chicago, is that our very own Rick Bayless will be the “featured chef” for the event. We have a feeling the Teresa Puente would hate this. But Higinio de León, the Chairman of the Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Convention and Visitors Bureau, claimed that there “simply is no better ambassador to help guests in our country experience the best cuisine of Mexico.” So there. Honestly, our first question when we got this press release was where exactly Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo was located.

Turns out the two towns are on the Pacific coast, about 150 miles northwest of Acapulco. Ixtapa is the “modern” resort beach town, while Zihuatanejo is more of a historic fishing village. At first we wondered whether it would have made more sense to hit Mexico City, Puebla, or even Oaxaca, but Bayless sticks up for the resort towns: “Travelers can enjoy the bounty of a picturesque fishing village, and the unparalleled service of some of the best five-star resorts. I’m looking forward to working with the country’s top culinary talent during this weekend celebration.”

The even will be held on March 26-28, 2011. Tickets are not yet up for sale, but you can check up on the event here.

FOOD & WINE Festival in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo [Food & Wine]

Rick Bayless Headlines First Food & Wine Festival in Mexico