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A Mex-pert's Guide to the Baja Culinary Fest

The Baja Culinary Fest kicks off this Thursday, October 11. Held over four flavor-packed days in cities throughout the region, the festival features 20-plus events and more than a dozen dinners by Baja’s top chefs, many of whom are teaming up with guest chefs from across Mexico and the United States. Last year's BCF was a smashing success. Here are some of the highlights this year that I’m most looking forward to. See you there!

Thursday, October 11, 8 p.m. (Tijuana)—The Night of Stars inaugural event will feature all of the participating chefs reinterpreting the world famous Caesar’s Salad; this will go late—Baja California knows how to party.

Saturday, October 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Ensenada)—Conchas en Altamar: Set sail for an oyster, mussels, and clams adventure taking in the charms of the Pacific Ocean with at what I think is the best street food cart in the world: La Guerrerense and the incomparable Doña Sabina Gonzalez.

Saturday, October 13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Valle de Guadalupe)—Take a tour of the breathtaking Valle de Guadalupe, stopping at three vineyards to taste the fruit of Mexico’s wine country, then cap the afternoon with a meal at Mexico’s rising star chef Diego Hernandez’s garden-to-table restaurant, Corazon de Tierra.

Sunday, October 14, 12 p.m. (Tijuana)—Check out the best street food stands in Baja California at the Baja Culinary Fest’s Street Food Festival at Tijuana’s Galerias Hipódromo. Here you’ll sample authentic Baja-style carne asada, octopus tacos with a modern spin, and other local treats, such as Tijuana’s iconic torta from Tortas Wash Mobile.     

For more info and tickets, go to the Baja Culnary Fest website.

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