Every year in Playa del Carmen, the parque fundadores at the southern end of Fifth Avenue becomes a stage for showcasing fine international cuisine at the Taste of Playa food festival.
Crowds of locals, expatriates and visitors converge in the square next to the iconic white church and striking ‘Portal Maya’ sculpture to sample local and international flavors from all across the globe for just one day in late November.
If your stay with us at Condo Hotels coincides with Taste of Playa, we encourage you to head down and experience a wide selection of local restaurants and bars serving up their very best flavors with innovative creations and classic favorites.
I was blown away by the variety of cuisines offered, from local delicacies to Japanese, Thai, Lebanese, Italian and more. Never before had I eaten fresh ceviche, sashimi, barbecued lamb tacos, Thai satay sticks and locally made ice cream all in the one day!
I may have over-indulged, sure, but who could blame me with the world’s flavors gathering in one place?
I know Playa del Carmen is famous for its fantastic restaurants, but there is simply something special about having them come together to showcase the wonderful selection of international cuisine available in this colorful, lively town.
Not to mention the electric atmosphere as Playa’s diverse, multi-cultural population comes together to eat, drink and be merry while celebrating the wonderful food scene of this town we all love so much.
It was my first time at Taste of Playa and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was extremely impressed by the quality of samples offered, and loved experiencing an excellent cross-section of Playa’s dining scene in one place.
A few tips for Taste of Playa goers for next year:
1. Arrive early. Gates open at 3pm, and tokens are available for purchase then. We arrived just after 3pm and there were already substantial queues for tokens, which only grew throughout the afternoon.
2. Buy more than you think you need. Due the queues, I decided to ‘over purchase’ tokens, and ended up using them all. There was so much variety, including sweets, drinks and desserts, so it wasn’t too difficult to go through my tokens.
3. If you see something you like, get it! It can be a little overwhelming to have so much to choose from, but I found it best to try anything I thought looked good, rather than planning what to eat when. Due to the crowds, it was a little difficult to negotiate the small space, so go with the flow and sample as as you go. Ice cream for a starter? Sure! it is a food festival after all…
4. Decide on a meeting point and time. If you are going in a group, designate a meeting point that you can return to meet up with friends and family members. Eating is a serious business in Playa del Carmen, and as a result Taste of Playa is a busy place. It can be difficult to keep groups together, so unless you want to buy a VIP ticket for the event, pick a meeting point to ensure no one gets separated from the group for too long.
The VIP zone…
We hope you’ll join us next year to sample the wonderful local and international cuisine at Taste of Playa 2014! See you there!