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Provino Baja California’s Conchas and New Wine Festival Reveals Ambitious 2024 Program


This Thursday, March 14, the Baja California Provino Committee, under the new presidency of Wenceslao Martínez Payán announced all the details of the twenty-fourth edition of the Conchas and New Wine Festival to be held from April 12 to 14 in Ensenada.

The conference was held in the facilities of the Hotel Coral & Marina with the sea as the setting, an ideal way to enter a completely marine environment. There was participation in the presidium of the Sergio Guevara Escamilla representative of the aquaculture sector, Chef Benito Molina Dubost coordinator of the gastronomic area of ​​the Festival, Alma Rosa García Juárez Secretary of Fisheries and Aquaculture of Baja California and Carlos Ibarra Aguiar Municipal President of the XXIV Ensenada City Council.

The origins of this Festival were remembered on San Miguel beach, where a group of friends made up of only six winegrowers, four shell producers, and two chefs, had the vision of paying tribute to the local ingredient. Today, 24 years later, this great event represents an important platform to publicize the benefits of Baja California, uniting these three important sectors, especially building community by celebrating the product of origin with oysters from the coast and new wines from the wineries in the region, the activities for 2024 below:

XV Shell Farming Workshops

A Startup Contest will be held for the first time, from April 8 to 12, where innovative business projects and ideas in the oyster and/or wine sector in the field of wine tourism, food, and economics can be evaluated. The call remains open for producers, students, and entrepreneurs until Friday, March 22. Registration: https://forms.gle/6AUJH7RmfLLWaajr5 The best projects will be presented on April 12.

The twenty-fifth edition of the Shell Culture Workshops is organized by the Mexican Institute for Research in Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture (IMIPAS) in conjunction with the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture-BC. They will take place on Friday, April 12 in the CEVIT auditorium of CETYS University from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in hybrid mode through the IMIPAS platforms and with free in-person access, where different presentations and discussion panels as well as thematic tables will be given. around sustainability and entrepreneurship where the 3 sectors (aquaculture, wine, and gastronomy) will participate.

IV Marine Tables

A waterfront food and wine experience consisting of 15 individually arranged tables for only 20 diners each served exclusively by a winegrower, a conch producer, and a host chef paired with a guest chef, renowned nationally and internationally. Southern California, in a very intimate atmosphere, will explain in detail the 4-course pairing menu to be enjoyed, where the benefits of the sea ingredient will be highlighted with different types of shells, such as abalone, mussels, varieties of clams, oysters, and snail.

A team of three pastry chefs will be in charge of preparing the 330 desserts for the fifth course of all the tables thanks to the support of Distribuidora La Canasta. This fourth edition will take place at the Cultural Walk of the UABC Unidad Sauzal starting at 2:00 in the afternoon, and will also be welcomed with white and sparkling wines accompanied by fresh shells. Cost: $3,500 MN per person.

XXIV Festival

A great event will take place on the Terraza del Mar of the Coral & Marina Hotel on Sunday, April 14 starting at noon with the participation of 84 wineries from the valleys of Baja California offering tastings of +160 wine labels from the recent launch on the market, mostly white, rosé and sparkling wines that are in perfect harmony with the seafood product, as well as some young red wines. There will be 60 restaurants in Ensenada, Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico City, Tijuana, and Mexicali with gastronomic samples based on oysters, mussels, and chione clams.

The participation of the state’s aquaculture and fishing sector will be present through a producers’ pavilion, with around 20 companies in total, sheltered by the Secretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture of Baja California where, in addition to having product tastings, the educational part is sought to be reinforced, the exhibition with demonstration kitchens, and of course, the promotion of the consumption of fish and seafood.

Once again, the Festival will have the so-called “Marine Island”, a space where the home chefs and the guest chefs who were hosted at the Marine Tables from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM will be in charge of preparing different rice and noodles, thanks to La Canasta Distributor, to offer in tasting to the attending public. Ticket cost: $1,200 MN per person, punctuality is recommended.

“This joint effort of winegrowers, aquaculture producers, fishermen, renowned chefs, and restaurateurs allows us to highlight the benefits of Ensenada, uniting the three. sectors to continue to position Baja California as an important food and wine destination. We invite you all to attend these activities and also become ambassadors of the local ingredient,” said Wenceslao Martínez, President of Provino

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