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Carnival Time

February 11-17

The Yucatan Peninsula plays host to several important Carnivals this February. The oldest in the Mexican Caribbean is Cozumel Carnival, which is 139 years old and the first Chetumal Carnival was held in 1912. The Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Puerto Morelos Carnivals are much more recent but celebrated with no less enthusiasm. Elsewhere, the Merida Carnival is one of the largest in the country and the colonial city of Campeche host the oldest carnival in Mexico, at 428 years old, it dates back to the days of the merchants and pirates who sailed the Caribbean.

Puerto Morelos will be hosting its own Carnival events from February 19 to 24.

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Puerto Morelos Food, Wine & Music Festival February 27-28

Puerto Morelos Food, Wine & Music Festival February 27-28

Starting at 5 p.m., two evenings of varied music, cuisine (including lion fish dishes) and 40 different wines for sampling under a starlit sky.

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Cancun & Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival

Cancun & Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival, March 12 – 15

Sponsored by Food & Wine Magazine and Travel & Leisure among others, the Cancún & Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival is growing in popularity with every year that passes. The 2015 festival line up features events ranging from celebrity chef conferences, star chef cooking class and lunch, wine and spirits tastings hosted by leading sommeliers, a sunset catamaran cruise, gala dinners and a gourmet tasting village.

Among the food celebrities participating are Mexican chefs Martha Ortiz and Patricia Quintana, who will be honored with a gala dinner on the theme Divas of Mexican Cuisine. Other star chefs include Eneko Atxa, Joan Roca, Juan Mari Arzak, Mikel Alonso, Bruno Oteiza, Aquiles Chavez, Yerika Muñoz, Carmen Ramirez (Titita) and Maria Teresa Ramirez Degollado and more will confirm their participation this month.

In addition to showcasing Mexican cuisine, the Festival will also pay tribute to the contribution of Spain and France to the culinary tradition of the Americas. The wine tastings will feature champagne and wines from Baja California and, Spain.

The Festival founder and president is David Amar, a longtime Royal Resorts member who has a passion for Mexico and its rich heritage.

Visit www.crmfest.com for more information.

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Equinox at Chichen Itza, March 21

March 21

The famous light and shadow serpent of Kukulcan appears on El Castillo Pyramid and descends from the heavens at sunset on the day of the Spring Equinox, also visible the day before and after (cloud cover permitting).

Elsewhere in the Yucatan, at dawn on the day of the Equinox the rising sun appears through the doorway of the Temple of the Dolls in the ancient city of Dzibilchaltun to the north of Merida.


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Riviera Maya Film Festival

Riviera Maya Film Festival, April 23-29

Movie screenings in Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Puerto Morelos and Tulum.
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International Theater Festival by the Sea

Puerto Morelos, May 14-17

More details of this event will be published in future editions of this newsletter as they become available.

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