Discover a Taste of Mexico in Vail; event runs Wednesday through Saturday |

Discover a Taste of Mexico in Vail; event runs Wednesday through Saturday

Caramie Schnellcschnell@vaildaily.comVAIL CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

Taste of Vail takes over the town this week, but a handful of events that aren’t technically part of the culinary festival are getting plenty of interest, especially from the large Mexican visitor contingent who are in town over the Mexican holiday, Semana Santa. The Sebastian in Vail is hosting a slew of Mexican themed events for its “Taste of Mexico,” which Flynt Payne, director of food and beverage at The Sebastian, said they hope to include in next year’s Taste of Vail festival. Five chefs from different regions in Mexico are in town for the events, which kick off tonight at 6 p.m. and go through Saturday. In addition, Block 16, the restaurant inside the hotel, is participating in Taste of Vail’s Lamb Cook Off on Thursday and the Grand Tasting on Saturday. In other words, Executive Chef Sergio Howland is busy. Really, really busy. But that’s OK, he said, he’ll sleep after the mountain closes.The visitings chefs are all from different regions in Mexico. “Each chef will cook according to their specific region and there will be authentic Mexican cuisine all week,” Howland said.Not only are the guest chefs here for Taste of Mexico, which the hotel partnered with the Mexican consulate in Denver to host, but around eight wineries and three sommeliers are taking part in the events, Howland said. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, a kitchen will be set up in the hotel’s ballroom and the visiting chefs will lead cooking demonstrations and the visiting sommeliers and winemakers will host wine seminars.

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