Last year at this time I was fairly new to the island and desperately looking for ways to immerse myself within the culinary community. I followed Mexican related food blogs and local foodies on Facebook seeking those that loved food as much as I did. One individual I noticed was closely related to an upcoming food event in Playa del Carmen. Finally making a connection and noticing that she was the head of marketing for Taste of Playa I emailed this women asking how can I help out for this event.

Hence, I became a volunteer for Playa del Carmen’s 2010 Taste of Playa. This community-oriented culinary event highlights the talents and cultural diversity of Playa del Carmen and the Rivera Maya’s restaurant network. Part of the proceeds of the event benefit a local, non-profit community program (2011‘s proceeds will be given to the Rotary Club of Playa del Carmen).

Since I just couldn’t get enough of last year’s event I became a volunteer again for the third annual Taste of Playa food festival this past weekend (I also must note that I purchased VIP tickets in July in anticipation of this fantastic gastronomic festival…work hard and eat hard). I took the ferry from Cozumel to Playa to help out at the VIP entrance table (Yes, I make a good bouncer coming from Jersey). This year’s event I must say was a huge success (with Diamond’s International as a major sponsor) ! The whole event was planned and coordinated spectacularly minding the turnout of last year’s event. Congratulations to the committee who planned and executed this years event.

Locals and tourist alike turned out in numbers to sample some tasty delights. Global and local, you name it every taste was satisfied. Over 40 restaurants participated which included local taquerias, bakeries, fine dining establishments and more! Some pleasant surprises and delights that I went back for second helpings….Chez Celine my beloved French bakery where I met Jasques Pepin for coffee and Curry Omm that satisfies my international cuisine cravings when I am tired of Mexican food.

Taste of Playa not only benefits the community in terms of donating to a charity, it also gives face time for the “little unknown” restaurants (eh hem…Curry Omm).  I smiled when I over heard someone say “did you know there is an Indian Restaurant in Playa?” Yes I did my friends and I hope this brings good business to one of my favorite places to eat.

If you are interested in helping out next year, just let me know. Email me and I can get you in touch with the right people. I just can’t wait to get another bite of 2012’s Taste of Playa!

The photo for this blog post was taken by Michelle from Life’s a Beach Blog