The 12th edition of Saborea Puerto Rico, a culinary extravaganza is slated to take place April 4-7 at the Carolina public beach, organizers announced.
“For the twelfth time, we’re coming back
with Saborea Puerto Rico, a culinary extravaganza, the event that undoubtedly
places Puerto Rico on the map for lovers of good food,” said Clarisa Jiménez,
president of the Puerto Rico Hotel and Tourism Association, which hosts the
“Over the years we’ve placed the event in
the heart of local foodies as well as those who visit us. This year we have a
new payment partner, we’re refreshing the format and we will welcome great
local and international guest chefs,” she said. “Saborea Puerto Rico has been
the platform to show the world our gastronomy and highlight the great talent
that our local chefs have.”
Saborea Puerto Rico will begin with the “Bubbles
and Bites” opening event that will take place at the InterContinenal San Juan
Hotel in Isla Verde on April 4. Meanwhile, the Saborea Sunset Festival and Saborea
Caribbean BBQ will be on April 7-8, in an area adjacent to the Carolina public
The lineup of invited chefs so far includes:
- Tregaye Fraiser — Food Network personality and
winner of the 12th edition of “Next Food Network Star.” She has cooked for President
Barack Obama and Harry Connick Jr., among other stars.
- Monti Carlo — Puerto Rican chef based in Los
Angeles, Ca. Also a Food Network personality, she currently maintains the
Island Girl Cooks.com blog. She participated in the “Master Chef” program and
was one of the chefs participating in last year’s Saborea event.
- Eric Howard — “Master Chef” participant, who resides
in New York city. He is a firefighter by profession.
- David Rose — Food Network personality, and finalist
of the 13th edition of the “Next Food Network Star” competition. He
is the creator of the “TLC Experience,” an environment of experiences where
meals and drinks are paired for the enjoyment of diners.
Chefs Giovanna Huyke and Roberto Treviño will
moderate the food demonstrations.
“We’re very proud to be the official location
of the 12th edition of our island’s most respected and prestigious gastronomy
event,” Carolina Mayor José Aponte Dalmau said.
“Our island has been struggling for years with
a fragile economy and tourism has been our most fertile ground when it comes to
developing new strategies for economic growth,” he said
This year, Saborea
has partnered with Visa as the official method of payment. Using the card will
get participants special benefits and discounts, said Luis Guerra, general manager
of Visa Puerto Rico.
“Our support for the food industry seeks for
businesses and consumers to benefit from making and receiving payments easily,
quickly and safely,” he added.