Mazatlan Tourism Trust

Mazatlan Tourism Trust

May 30, 2011 08:00 ET

Culinary Tour Will Explore Flavors and Aromas of Mazatlan

MAZATLAN, MEXICO--(Marketwire - May 30, 2011) - The Flavors and Aromas of Mexico Culinary Tour will arrive in Mazatlan on June 3rd. The tour explores Mexican culture and history through food, and on this occasion, it will feature the Pacific Coast and Sierra Madre regions of the country. Acclaimed Chef Patricia Quintana- founder of Mexico's first culinary institute and Executive Chef for the Mexico Tourism Board- will reveal the significance of traditional delicacies in Mexico's colonial city on the beach and surrounding towns.

The objective of the culinary tour is to promote the virtues of Mexican food in all its variations. "There is no better person to guide a culinary tour of Mazatlan than Chef Patricia Quintana," noted Julio Birrueta, spokesperson for the Mazatlan Tourism Trust. "She has dedicated her career to teaching the sophistication of Mexico's 32 distinct cooking styles; and in June she will share our cuisine with the world."

In celebration of Mazatlan's roots as a fishing village, the day will begin at the famous "Changueras" – a strip of vendors selling freshly caught shrimp. Afterward the group will visit the traditional fishing corridor on Stone Island before traveling to El Quelite for breakfast. El Quelite is a nearby colonial town known for providing an amazing culinary experience. Restaurants serve locally grown food prepared with techniques that are hundreds of years old. The meal will be put into historic perspective during a cultural exhibition of music, pre-Hispanic dance and an Ulama performance. Ulama is an indigenous ball game that has been kept alive by the region's communities. El Quelite is the only place in Mexico where the game is still frequently exhibited.

Upon returning to Mazatlan, the tour will continue through seafood restaurants, Marina Mazatlan and the historic center of town. In a recent first-time visit to Mazatlan, travel journalist Anita Draycott expressed her delight with local cuisine. "We've had some wonderful food…they know how to make shrimp and fish in so many wonderful ways, from Ceviche to Zarandeado… it is fantastic," She said. This unique event will uncover secrets of the flavorful meals that enchant Mazatlan's visitors time and again.

About Mazatlan:

Mazatlan is located on Mexico's Pacific Coast at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains. Founded in the 16th Century, Mazatlan is Mexico's colonial city on the beach. The city is divided into two main areas: Old Mazatlan and Zona Dorada or Golden Zone, with a seven-mile coastal road between the two. www.gomazatlan.com.

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