By: Patricia Ann Talley, Editor.
Mexico is known world-wide for its traditional foods. In 2010, UNESCO recognized Mexican cuisine by adding it to the Intangible Heritage List. The cuisine, just like in many other parts of the world, is very “regional” – varying according to the different states and geographic locations. Just like the food in the southern USA is different than that on the east coast, the foods and flavors of the State of Guerrero are unique in Mexico, and in the world!
During the summer of 2015, the Guerrero State Department of Tourism (SEFOTUR) hosted a spectacular luncheon in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo to launch a new program to preserve and promote the cuisine that is unique to our state – Los Sabores de Guerrero (The Flavors of Guerrero).
Traditional ceremonial masks from Guerrero were the centerpiece of the tables.
Presidents of tourist associations, managers of hotels, travel agencies, clubs and restaurants, community leaders, and representatives from the national and international press attended the event held at Gamma Fiesta Inn in Ixtapa.
Local dignitaries, business leaders, and community members attended the luncheon and presentation at Gamma Fiesta Inn in Ixtapa. Photos by: Los Sabores de Guerrero
Traditional Mexican cuisine is a comprehensive cultural model comprising farming, ritual practices, age-old skills, culinary techniques, and ancestral community customs and manners. It is made possible by collective participation in the entire traditional food chain: from planting and harvesting to cooking and eating. The basis of the cuisine is corn, beans, and chili, augmented by native ingredients such as varieties of tomatoes, squashes, avocados, cocoa, and vanilla. In Zihuatanejo, there’s fresh fish, sea foods, and mezcal!
Tradition, local ingredients, fish, sea foods, and mezcal – those are the flavors of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero! Photo by: Los Sabores de Guerrero
Guerrero is a state that is characterized by its rich history, tradition, and gastronomy, and acknowledged that the mezcal industry is unparalleled in the world.
The tourism office will act to establish partnerships between producers and the restaurant industry, and will conduct national and international media conferences to promote the gastronomy in the state.
The event included traditional costumes representing the regions of Guerrero.
It was a feast of color, music, dance and crafts – and, of course, the typical Guerrero flavors. You’ll have to wait until your next visit to taste the flavors, but we can share some of the party with you. Enjoy!
Go to our archives for a collection of articles and recipes about the flavors of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero. http://imagine-mexico.com/recipies
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