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Food Festivals – Get a Taste of Los Cabos
There are so many wonderful things about Los Cabos. The sun, beaches, and lush green landscapes come to mind. But what’s the one thing everyone who visits Los Cabos falls in love with?
The food! Mexico has one of the tastiest cuisines in the world. If you’ve never been to Mexico, you can’t really know what authentic Mexican food is like. You’ve got to experience it first-hand! Mexican cuisine is considered an ancient one, with techniques and recipes developed over thousands of years. Add in the fact that ingredients and tastes change by region, and you’ve got pretty diverse menus. What’s the best way to experience all the varieties of Mexican flavours? A food festival! An event like this in Los Cabos is the perfect playground for foodies to sample specialties from all over Mexico. You’ll be able to taste traditional and contemporary offerings, often in a perfect fusion, made by chefs from all over the country. Since there’s so much going on in Los Cabos, we’ve found the best of the best food festivals for you. Read on to find out what’s cooking in Los Cabos!
Sabor a Cabo International Food & Wine Festival
The Sabor a Cabo Festival is the region’s largest culinary festival. It was started in 2005 by a group of local chefs who wanted the celebrate the unique restaurant scene found in Los Cabos. They also wanted to support and give back to their communities by committing contributions to local social initiatives and charities. Since its inauguration, proceeds from ticket sales have gone to the Cuerpo de Bomberos de Cabo San Lucas (volunteer firefighters), the Los Cabos Red Cross and the Los Cabos Children’s Foundation. The festival is held every year in late November and early December across many different venues, which rotate from year to year. The festival actually consists of several events, and spans just over a week. The main night that kicks off the festival is called the Sabor a Cabo Magno Event. This night is often held on a luxury golf course or some other stunning seaside site. This is a fun event where you’ll try foods and drinks from over 60 restaurants and 40 wineries. There are mixologists there too, so don’t forget to sip some mezcal and tequila.
You’ll be mingling with friends, foodies, and culinarians while you dig in to some gourmet dishes as the sun sets on the ocean. In addition to amazing food, there’s great entertainment. Past musical guests included Grammy winner Lila Downs, the all-time best-selling Latin American rock band Man¡, and R&B legends Earth, Wind & Fire. You’ll also be treated to live cooking demonstrations with international chefs. Perhaps the most exciting element of the evening, aside from the good eats, is the Chef Con Sabor A Cabo. In this competition, attendees will be able to vote in various categories such as best red wine, best sweet dish, and others. In another exciting competition, 10 spots are available for restaurants to enter with an international chef they have invited. In this live cooking competition, they must prepare a gourmet dish to blow all the others out of the water. The action is shown on big screens so you can watch the meticulous detail and care each chef puts into their craft. The dishes will then be judged by the Sabor a Cabo by American Express Committee. Only one can win the prize!
The big night doesn’t put an end to the festival, however. Next comes the Sabor a Cabo Gastronomic Week, where participating restaurants all over Cabo prepare exclusive meals and dining experiences for festival attendees. Over 60 restaurants participate, so this is your chance to try the best of what Los Cabos has to offer. There are also smaller events happening all around town. These aren’t the same every year, so be sure to check the program, but in the past we’ve seen some really cool mini-festivals. Attendees loved Oktoberfest and Los Cabos BeerFest! The most popular of all mini-fests is the Cabo a Sabor Rural Festival, usually held at the end of the Gastronomic week. Its attendees travel to a nearby rural area to get a real taste of traditional Mexican cooking. Participating restaurants, usually around 20, prepare dishes made with organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and other locally sourced ingredients. To make it even more authentic, restaurants must produce their own eggs and honey for the dishes they make. This amazing farm-to-table event will show you just how mouthwatering farm to table cuisine can be. Ready to go? You can get tickets at the Cabo A Sabor website. Seats start at $325 USD and proceeds go to charity so you’ll be enjoying gourmet Mexican cuisine while supporting local initiatives.
Other Los Cabos Festivals
Sabores de Baja Festival in Miraflores
The small town of Miraflores is mostly known as the main organic farming community in the Los Cabos area. The best restaurants get their produce from here, so what better than a food festival right at the source? They also celebrate pitahayas, the favourite local fruit of the Miraflores indigenous community. This young festival usually happens in April. The focus here is traditional cuisine and organic farming. It’s small and less glitzy than some of the bigger festivals, but that’s exactly why it’s so charming. This colorful festival offers an authentic experience that will stay in your heart long after you leave. You can get tickets and more information here.
Gastrovino Baja Food & Wine Festival
This festival is the second largest in Los Cabos. Since 2012, the event has been held in the town of Todos Santos, which holds the title of Pueblo Magico (Magic Village). This moniker was given to around 100 small and overlooked towns across Mexico by the Tourism Board to let tourists know where something really special can be found. There are colorful flags, hidden artisanal shops and quaint cobblestone roads that give Todos Santos a magical feel. It’s the perfect place for a food festival. This weekend-long event was created by the owner of a local wine and olive oil shop. Indulge in local wines, imported cheese, and authentic Mexican dishes. The main event happens in the town square on Sunday, where guests can enjoy live music and a silent auction to benefit local programs for children. Visit the Gastrovino Baja Food & Wine Festival site for tickets and more information about this exciting program.
You won’t run out of things to try at any of these festivals, but we’ve got a few suggestions for mouthwatering meals you should keep an eye out for. You simply can’t leave before trying these dishes. And while you’re checking out the different tables and chefs at the festivals, make sure to sample what these top 10 restaurants in Los Cabos have to offer. If you’re craving the flavours of Mexico, Los Cabos is the place to be. You won’t find food like this anywhere else, and you can stay in the lap of luxury in your own private villa. All the amenities and pampering you expect from a resort will be available exclusively to you. And for those days you won’t be festival hopping, many of our rentals have a private chef so you can enjoy gourmet dining in your own. Book with us today for the perfect holiday home!
Visit Los Cabos When the Weather is Just Right
If your New Year’s resolution is to have new experiences, get more active, and eat better, there can’t be a better place to visit than Los Cabos. Pristine beaches, crystal blue oceans brimming with exotic marine life, and a unique cultural extravaganza tempered in local flavors await anyone who visits Los Cabos all year round. However, spending a week in Cabo is especially great to recover from January blues. Our Cabo loine-up includes the best things to do, and events to help you get started with planning your first tropical vacation of the year.
While most of North America is still covered in snow, the tropical weather of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo can be a pleasant way to ease into spring. Average February and March temperatures at Los Cabos range between pleasantly cool evenings (16ºC, or 60ºF) and blissfully warm in the day time (25ºC, or 77ºF). This means you can go for any water sport you can dream of during the day, and spend relaxing evenings by the poolside without thinking twice.
Unlike the boisterous holiday season, in which Los Cabos restaurants and main attractions are usually packed, the spring experience brings relatively lesser tourist footfall. Interestingly, most tourist attractions are still in full swing by this time, which makes it the ideal season to catch wonders such as the annual whale migration. And if you’re searching for unique local events and activities in your vacation, there’s no shortage of that either.
Sun, Fun and a Half Marathon
Although a vacation to Mexico is full of opulent indulgences, there are always opportunities to keep up with your fitness routines. Los Cabos Half Marathon is a unique and healthy experience and usually happens in February. The event’s scenic route includes San Jose Del Cabo’s historical downtown and an astonishing view of Puerto Los Cabos Marina. Not up for 21 K? You can still take part in the event by signing up for a shorter distance. And if you need a little post-run relaxation, Los Cabos has many beach clubs and spas to rejuvenate your spirits.
Jazz up the Valentine’s Day weekend
If you have been wondering about perfect ways to spend Valentine’s Day, a magical weekend full of music and culture awaits you in San Jose Del Cabo. The annual Jazz Weekend usually takes place in February and is a magnet for audiophiles, especially jazz lovers. The best part is that the event has free access, and is headlined by some of the most talented artists across the globe. Luxurious stay options in Los Cabos can make this romantic escapade even more special for your loved ones.
Taste Cabo’s Premium Cocktails
There’s a lot to Los Cabos than just partying and drinks, but if that’s your idea of fun vacation, head to the annual Cabo Cocktails Festival that usually happens in February. It’s the premium mixology festival in Los Cabos and is hosted across many locations, including San Jose Del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas.
This four-day festival is a great way to attend seminars from the world’s leading bartenders, or just to join in the fun with opening and closing parties. The best bars and drinking destinations in Los Cabos take part in the festival, which makes it the easiest way to get the best cocktails in the region.
Apart from these, there are plenty of interesting Los Cabos events coming up in February, such as the Cabo San Lucas Pet festival. Hosted in Feb, the festival celebrates pets with a unique parade and workshops with professional dog trainers.
Hang Out with Great EDM Artists
Your Los Cabos vacation can be everything you dreamed of if you groove to the tunes of world’s biggest EDM artists. The Omnia dayclub in Los Cabos is the ultimate spring break destination, with an impressive lineup of performers for the entire month. If you’re planning your Cabo vacation for the first weekend of March, you could get a chance to be a part of Omnia’s anniversary celebrations. It may include some of the world’s top electronic acts, such as Mark Eteson, Cuswell and the Dutch legend Tiësto.
Festivals in Todos Santos
A vacation to Los Cabos can be a perfect blend of quaint and opulent, with eclectic options that await you in the town of Todos Santos. About an hour’s drive away from Cabo San Lucas, Todos Santos is a must-do road trip all year round for many reasons. In March, the town hosts an annual art event that includes the best of local musicians and street artists. With a magnificent lineup, including a handicraft sale and performing arts events, this is a must-do travel experience in your trip to Los Cabos. The Todos Santos Film Festival follows right after the arts festival and brings the best of Latin films collection as a way to celebrate Mexican filmmakers.
Organic Delights at Sabore de Baja
You wouldn’t call this a “vacation” if it didn’t include some culinary delights, would you? Baja food is nourishment not just for the body, but also for the soul. You can indulge in the best of local cuisine at Sabore de Baja, a one-of-a-kind organic food festival held on the cusp of spring. Organized to celebrate the seasonal local produce, as well as the traditional way of cooking unique to the landscape, this festival is a great way to take a bit of Baja back with you in the form of unforgettable gastronomical memories.
Other fun things to do in Cabo
Even if you don’t plan on attending any events, and just look forward to a relaxing break, there’s no place like Los Cabos. Its serene locale, combined with luxurious services at spas such as One & Only Palmilla, make it a dream destination for your perfect vacation. Of course, there’s always enough motivation to go outdoors with a long list of things to do in Los Cabos.
Go whale watching or deep-sea diving
Los Cabos has a deep, almost spiritual connection with the ocean. Whether it’s exploring the many sandy beaches on the Baja shoreline, or exploring the coral reef on the east coast, the oceanic experience of Cabo is unmatched. Named as a UNESCO world heritage site, the Cabo Pulmo reefs are a bright success story of how climate changes can be reversed. The azure waters of the reef brimming with a rich diversity of marine life are a treat for nature lovers and divers alike. If you would rather stay above the surface and inhale the fresh sea breeze, you can opt for whale watching instead. The annual migration of whales is a remarkable natural phenomenon that never gets tiring, especially if you’re traveling with your entire family. Find out all you need to know about whale watching in with our Cabo travel guide
Learn about the fascinating history of Los Cabos
Since time immemorial, Los Cabos has been a vibrant passage to the world. The history of Cabo is full of remarkable struggles and landmarks that have stood the test of time. Visiting the famous Arch of Los Cabos, another UNESCO world heritage site, can be an enlightening experience in itself, where you can learn about the many events that transformed the region into a traveler’s paradise. Even if you don’t find their history quite fascinating, monuments like the arch are certainly worth a visit.
Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, a water sport fan, an art lover, or a history buff, Los Cabos will always have something for you. As the crowds in the region retreat closer to spring, Cabo finds itself again in its most authentic, relaxed self. Even if you’ve been there before, a visit in February and March is an experience not to be missed.
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