What every foodie dreams about…40 restaurant stands offering tantalizing samples of various styles of food from noodles, ceviche, mini lamb burgers to red velvet cupcakes and pomegranate margaritas and espresso martinis to wash it all down all conveniently set up in one venue-Taste of Playa 2010! Last weekend, after many months of anticipation, we attended Playa del Carmen’s 2nd annual event for their gourmet extravaganza featuring local restaurants and bars and also 8 local vendors in their Market Place. All of this took place in Parque de Fundadores on the famous quinta avenida (5th avenue) on a warm, sunny Sunday.
Last July I had purchased 7 VIP tickets in advance for friends and family. Our package included 1 VIP pass, 1 bracelet, and 25 Taste of Playa “pesos” for $35 per person. We were allowed to enter 1 hour before the event started and there was an area set up with sofas, tables and chairs for VIP pass holders, which ended up being a godsend as the event rapidly filled up with tourists, locals and ex pats all eager to take part in the event. To say that Taste of Playa 2010 was a success would be a huge understatement and we were grateful for our little oasis where we could retire from the crowds to eat and drink and chat with friends.
Once we had established our “nest” we set off with a fistful of “pesos” to forage for food. First, Cesar and I went on a recognisance mission to get an idea of exactly what was being offered and then we descended on what would be the 1st of many, many stands. Food and drinks went for between 1 and 3 “pesos” (1 “peso” =10 pesos or 1USD) and we wanted to be sure that we would be able to sample as much as possible over the next 5 hours. We set up a rotation schedule with our friends and my Mom at our table as 120 VIP tickets had been sold but there was a distinct lack of seating so at least 1 person had to be seated at our table at all times to hold down the fort. 🙂
It became increasingly more difficult to navigate the aisles as the crowds grew and grew and at one point I overheard a gentleman say to his wife “let’s spend our “pesos” as fast as we can and get the hell out of here”. Once again I was thankful for our little sanctuary as I don’t think we all would have lasted if we hadn’t had a place to relax between our forays into the crowds in search of more food and drinks.
After 5 hours of great food, great company and full bellies we parted ways and hubby, my Mom and I checked into our hotel suite for the night where we continued chatting on the balcony until Cesar and I felt the Playa party scene calling us. We spent a few hours dancing at the Blue Parrot and then returned back to our hotel where we collapsed onto our bed and slept until the late hours of the next morning. After a late lunch at Wicky’s we drove home after spending a great weekend away