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The northern Mexican state of Baja California will be the guest state at the ninth edition of the Sabor es Polanco (Flavor is Polanco) food and drink festival, slated to be held on Saturday, March 25, and Sunday, March 26, at Mexico City’s Campo Marte military camp.

More than 80 different restaurants are expected to participate in this, the largest rendition yet of the fair, offering a selection of more than 500 different dishes from a variety of cuisines.

And while Mexico City’s upscale neighborhood of Polanco has about 3,000 eateries within its territory, the festival, which is cosponsored by the Mexican Restaurant and Food Chamber (Canirac), will also showcase restaurants from across the city, and even from other states — including eateries from Puebla, Guanajuato, Oaxaca and San Diego, California — in addition to food and wines from Baja California, Mexico’s vinicultural hub, producing 60 percent of the country’s annual output.

This year, the event will include a live musical performance of “Myst,” a multigenerational tribute to several decades of music presented by m0re than 25 artists.

For very well-heeled guests, there will be a VIP lounge with private seating for the musical show, concierge service, master classes in wine, free Internet service and access to premium dishes such as Iberian ham.

The Sabor es Polanco festival will run from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, followed by the “Myst” concert, which will require an additional ticket purchase except for VIP guests, on Sunday, March 26, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Admission to the Sabor es Polanco 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 for tickets purchased in advance through them.

VIP tickets are 10,000 pesos each.

The admission fee allows holders to sample all food and beverages presented during the festival, as well as providing them access to conferences and tasting classes.

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