Polanco Food Festival to Showcase 75 Restaurants
By THÉRÈSE MARGOLIS
The eighth edition of the Sabor es Polanco (Flavor is Polanco) food and drink festival is slated to be held on Saturday, March 12, and Sunday, March 13, at Mexico City’s Campo Marte military camp.
More than 75 different restaurants are expected to participate in this, the largest rendition yet of the fair, offering a selection of more than 400 different dishes from a variety of cuisines, Alejandro R. Garza Díaz, Sabor es Polanco founder and director, said during a press conference on Monday, March 7, to announce the event .
And while Mexico City’s upscale neighborhood of Polanco has about 3,000 eateries within its territory, the festival, which is being cosponsored by the Mexican Restaurant and Food Chamber (Canirac), will also showcase restaurants from across the city, and even from other states, as well as wines from Coahuila and coffee from Oaxaca.
This year, the northern Mexican state of Durango will be the special guest of honor, presenting a sampling of its more than 60 brands of artisan mezcals.
As the nation’s second-largest mezcal producer — churning out some 600 million liters a year, over 80 percent of which is exported abroad — Durango has become the new mezcal capital of Mexico, Garza Díaz said.
The Sabor es Polanco festival will run from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, and Sunday, March 13.
Admission to the event is 2,500 pesos for adults for tickets purchased through Ticketmaster or at the door, but a number of participating restaurants are offering a 20 percent discount if you buy your tickets in advance through them. (Children under eight can come in free of charge, and those up to age 18 pay half price.)
The admission fee allows holders to sample any and all food and beverages presented during the festival, as well as providing them access to conferences and tasting classes.