Sunday, September 6, 2009

Lobster and Wine Festival Ensenada - 2009 Fiestas de la Vendimia

Lobster and Wine Festival - Fiestas de la Vendimia

As August came to end I look back and see I had my least productive month of Blog posting, August was just such a busy month with family, training, work and fiestas. August is the month of Fiestas in Ensenada know as Fiestas de la Vendimia. More than thirty events are held over a sixteen day period during August showcasing wine, food, music and cultural events throughout the region.

I was lucky enough to attend the Lobster and Wine Chardonnay Festival held at Santo Tomas Winery and had a fantastic time. When I arrived I noticed Chef Fabio Lira of La Cocedora de Langosta performing his mastery on the grill with some fresh Baja Lobster. Fabio was on the grill nonstop for hours and hours and I will say one thing, Fabio definitely knows his way around the grill. I which I could replicate the aroma from all the succulent grilled lobster, it was very inviting.

Lobster and Wine Festival Ensenada - La Cocedora De Langosta

Lobster and Wine Festival Ensenada - La Cocedora De Langosta

Another master at his craft was Carlos Travesi from Caprichos Restaurant. Back in September when I attended the Guateque Wine Festival I noticed Carlos working for hours on a Paella, Carlos was at it again this time with a wonderful Lobster Paella

Lobster and Wine Festival-Lobster Paella

This Fiesta was all about the Langosta and Vino (Lobster and Wine) but I must say Caprichos makes a burger that can stand with the best of them. The burger starts with Grilled Sonoran beef and local Real del Castillo cheese, that combination alone is special.

Lobster and Wine Festival-Baja Burger from Charlies Ensenada

Deep fried lobster Puerto Nuevo Style was also available to order, I’m not sure who the vendor was but their Lobster was a very popular choice amongst the crowd.

Lobster and Wine Festival- Puerto Nuevo Style Lobster

Wine was free flowing from Monte Xanic, Vinistera, Santo Tomas, L.A. Cetto , and much more.

Liz from Monte Xanic

Lobster and Wine Festival - Liz Monte Xanic

Santo Tomas Representing

Lobster and Wine Festival - Fiestas de la Vendimia

With the flow of chardonnay and the rhythm of the Cuban band the Dance floor was buzzing with people sharing good times.

Lobster and Wine Festival - Fiestas de la Vendimia

Besides the Lobster and Wine some very nice Mexican Art was on display. If you would like more information on the Fiestas my friend Steve Dryden usually puts something out before the events so be on the lookout. I also came across a nice article by a local San Diego writer Amy Wine here. Next year I hope to make much more events, and I highly recommend you join the fun. The people of Ensenada sure know how to throw a party.


Anonymous said...

Great informative article for next year can't wait!

Neil Johnson said...

When it comes to teh high life and fine food and wine, nothing comes close to Cuban food as well as a quality Cuban cugar to go with it. Cuban cigars are the best on the planet and you can see these at cigar shop