The festival was composed of nine culinary events, each in a unique setting. Attending were 25 talented chefs from Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, the United States, and Israel. One of the events was titled Siete Fuegos (Seven Fires), that was held in the Publo Garzón Plaza, put on by Francis Mallman. (Shown in the video below.) Mallman is a famous regional chef who put Pueblo Garzón on the map with his Hotel and Restaurant Garzón.
In addition to the variety of interesting foods, there were over 100 wines. At Mallman’s event alone, the wines served represented 11 wineries from six countries: Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, and France.
There was nothing skimpy or second rate about this event. It was well funded by a large host of international and domestic sponsors. The main sponsor was the Mantra Resort Hotel.
|Moisés Contreras at Playa Vik|
The chips and salsa business turned out to be the first step in a progression of events that led Moisés to open his own Punta del Este Mexican food restaurant, Calexico.
Moises unique Mexican food dishes have been well received by the local restaurant community. He was invited to be one of three chefs that served their own food creations at the Punta del Este Food and Wine Festival event's "Sunset Chillout and Dance". which was held on October 27th in Jose Ignacio.
Next year’s Punta del Este Food and Wine Festival is already scheduled for October 25th through 27th, 2013. Don't miss out!