If you haven't heard the news lately, Baja shellfish is making waves all over the United States, from cultivated Baja kumamoto oysters now being sold on both coasts of the U.S., Baja kumiai oysters showing up at the Hollywood Farmer's Market, and Santa Monica Seafood, and the recent and welcome approval of chocolata and pata de mula (“mule's foot”) clams for sale in the U.S., which are already popping up on sushi bar and raw bar menus in Los Angeles. But to enjoy them all in one place and affordable prices, one must still head to Baja California.
This Sunday, the annual Festival de las Conchas y Vinos Nuevos, or Shellfish and New Wines Festival, at the sea terrace alongside the Hotel Coral y Marina in Ensenada will feature the finest seafood purveyors of a variety of wild and cultivated oysters, geoducks, sea urchin, chocolatas, blood clams, abalone, pismo clams, pen shell clams, San Felipe white clams and more. 35 of the regions best restaurants plus guest chefs like Toluca's Pablo Salas (Amaranta) and State of Mexico's Arturo Fernandez (Raiz) will prepare dishes featuring the bounty of shellfish paired with Baja wineries serving crisp whites, roses, and other seafood friendly wines. All this for $400.00 MXP (around $30) for the ultimate Baja seafood extravaganza, but get there early, because Mexican food events run out of food quickly–I'll be lined up at 11 AM like them fools waiting for a ramen burger.
Festival de la Conchas y Vinos Nuevo 2014, Sunday April 27, 12 PM at Hotel Coral y Marina's Sea Terrace, $400 pesos a person, for tickets go to Provino's online ticket service, provinoac.org
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