Monday, February 07, 2011

GIVEAWAY: Food and Wine Festival in Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo + Enter for a Chance to Win Autographed Rick Bayless Cookbook

This Giveaway is Now Closed! Congratulations to Paula F!

Last Month, I was invited to attend a cocktail party at the Red O to meet some of the chefs who would be present at the Inaugural Food and Wine Festival in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mexico, including the featured chef, Chef Rick Bayless. Part of the evening was comprised of Chef Bayless talking a little about Mexico's diverse cuisine followed by Chefs Victor Teran Torres and Edgar Navarro Vazquez, both from Ixtapa, sharing with us info about the flavors and ingredients unique to Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo. Of course, we also were able to sample some delicious appetizers representing the food from this region of Mexico.

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The theme of this 3 day festival is all about honoring the philosophy of "32 tastes, 1 history, 1 soul" by showcasing the authentic cuisine of the region and of Mexico as a whole. During these three days, from March 26 through March 28, 2011, local and international chefs will be presenting cooking demonstrations like Market to Table with Rick Bayless where attendees will be able to learn about local flavors, cooking techniques and discover all that the Zihuatanejo market has to offer. Spirits and wine seminars include a Tequila Tasting and one focusing on the Wines of Mexico. Click here to see all participating chefs.

Across all three evenings, there will be opportunities to really really pleasure your palate with some of Mexico's finest food whether it's Saturday's 32 Tastes of Mexico where you'll get to try food from multiple tasting stations from renowned Mexican chefs and wines from both Mexico and the U.S. The night will also include a cookbook signing with Chef Bayless and several of our guest chefs. Then there's Sunday's evening to Celebrate Modern Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo where you'll get to sample dishes from local restaurants, sip artisanal cocktails, see a fashion show from local designers and so much more. Click here to see the complete schedule of events.

This definitely sounds like a fun food festival and it looks like Food and Wine is pulling all the stops, so if you'd like to get more information, please see all the links below.

Food and Wine Festival in Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo Website
Ticket Purchasing Information
Hotel Information
Airline Info


Now that you've learned a little more about Food and Wine Festival at Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo, it's time to enter for a chance to win an autographed copy of Rick Bayless' Cookbook, Fiesta at Rick's!

Here are the ways to enter!

Mandatory 1: First, check out the event schedule. Then leave a comment and tell me what's the one thing you'd like to attend at this festival if you were able to go. (Please leave your email or some kind of information on how I can contact you. Spell your email address like abby at pleasurepalate dot com). If I can't find a way to get a hold of you, I'll choose another winner.

Optional 2: Tweet: Win an autographed cookbook by @Rick_Bayless via @pleasurepalate at

Optional 3: Follow Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo on Twitter

Optional 4: Join Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo on Facebook

You can have up to 4 total entries each; however, please note that you have to comment back and let me know which of the actions you took, so that I can keep track of them. This is especially true for 2 through 4. If you don’t let me know which actions you took, then I won’t count them as entries.

Contest ends Friday, February 11 at 11:59 AM, PST and one winner will be randomly chosen from all entries. Good Luck!



sophia said...

The 32 Tastes of Mexico!! That sounds super interesting.

Too bad I won't be able to go. :-(

sophia said...


Ericka said...

I would love to attend "From Market to Table" with Rick Bayless. I spent my honeymoon at Las Brisas and it was beautiful. I would love to visit again.

Ericka said...

I've also entered by following on twitter, tweeting your giveaway and following Ixtapa Zihuatanejo on Facebook. 4 entries total. Thanks!


Nic said...

Tough choices! I'd probably pick 32 Tastes of Mexico for the variety and opportunity to meet the chefs, but really wish I could check out the Spirits Seminar at Capella Ixtapa, too. Guess I'll have to 'settle' for some glorious sunsets and delicious meals in a few weeks when we return to Las Brisas...can't wait!

I already follow IZTraveler; am also tweeting your giveaway, so 3 entrees total. Good luck to everyone - all of Rick Bayless' books are fabulous!

nbrandrup at yahoo dot com

Jin said...

I'd go to the tequila tasting! my email is

Optional 2: Tweet: Win an autographed cookbook by @Rick_Bayless via @pleasurepalate at

i did the second one!

Anonymous said...

Hi, Abby - I would definitely attend "Historical Seasonings" about the Mayan influences on modern Mexican cooking. I'm fascinated by culinary history. My email is hjc90026atyahoodotcom.

Paula's Ponderings said...

Hi, this is Paula F at I would love to win this cookbook to further improve my Mexican cooking skills. As for the Festival, what a phenomenal idea. If I were to go, I'd like to attend either the 32 Tastes of Mexico, Market To Table with Rick Bayless, Mayan Influence in Today's Mexican Cuisine, or The Flavors of Contemporary Mexico.

sarah said...

32 Tastes of Mexico sounds incredible. I was tempted to go for the Tequila Tasting but the thought of being on the beach while experiencing such talented cooking, and eating amazing food all at once is irresistible. Thank you for helping me learn about this! Email: willie2808 at gmail dot com

sarah said...

P.S. ReTweeted message and following Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo on twitter. Thank you for the opportunity!

willie2808 at gmail dot com

Noel said...

The Catamaran Tour sounds amazing! In my dreams...