Springtime in Mexico is fast approaching, and the destination has lined up some exciting festivals to ring in the new season. Here's a look at what's cooking across the country.
The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, in conjunction with DINE, the developer of Punta Mita Resort and Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau will launch the third annual Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic, to be held from April 11-14, 2013.
The four-day event brings together cuisine and championship golf in Punta Mita, located at the northern tip of Banderas Bay in Riviera Nayarit. It will feature gourmet meals and cooking courses taught by distinguished chefs, a series of wine and tequila tastings, festive gatherings at the resorts, sailing adventures and "The Punta Mita Cup," a two-day golf tournament with prizes for the winners.
Also in Riviera Nayarit, surfers are called to hang 10. The destination on Mexico's Pacific coast will be hosting the 4th Annual Punta Sayulita Classic, taking place March 8-10.
The Punta Sayulita Classic is one of the top international surfing and stand-up paddle events in North America. Winners do not receive monetary rewards; instead, the primary consideration is to raise awareness on the importance of environmental protection as well as to raise funds for the Reef Check Foundation's area Eco-Diver Program and the Punta Sayulita Foundation's children's educational sports development programs.
The weekend kicks off with a surfing clinic for special needs and underprivileged children led by surfing legend Jimmy Gamboa and members of his TheraSURF Foundation. The event concludes with a performance by Mishka, which will be free and on the beachfront on Saturday, March 9.
Cancun is gearing up for the 2013 Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival, which will take place March 14-17. Titled "Europe Meets the Americas," the festival will feature chefs Massimo Bottura and Enrique Olvera. This is the second installment of the inaugural CRMFest.