Largest Culinary Festival of the Caribbean Returns


From April 7-10, 2016, Puerto Rico is the center of Caribbean gastronomy.

​Clarisa Jiménez, president and CEO of the Puerto Rico Hotel and Tourism Association (PRHTA), announced today the details of the ninth edition of the Saborea Puerto Rico, the most important culinary festival of the Caribbean.

“Gastronomy is an essential part of tourism because it makes the destination both attractive and appetizing. Our chefs are our Island’s ambassadors; they showcase our gastronomy to the world and Puerto Rico Saborea is the time of the year when they do so all together in one place,” stated Jiménez. “Saborea Puerto Rico is synonymous of world-class cuisine and the moment during which we reaffirm that our Island is without doubt the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean. During this year’s event we will have four days full of entertainment and exquisite food for visitors and local residents,” she explained.

The chefs invited to this year’s event and announced during the press conference are.:

  • Emily Ellyn
    • Participant of Food Network Stars, Cupcake Wars
    • Recent winner of Cutthroat Kitchen
  • Ben Vaugh
    • Second year attending Saborea
    • Writer, restaurateur, United States National Food Day collaborator
    • Has participated in Food Network’s Health Inspector
  • Simon Majumdar
    • Second year attending Saborea
    • Iron Chef America, Then Next Iron Chef, The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Cutthroat Kitchen, Extreme Chef and Beat Bobby Flay.
  • Anne Burell
    • Third time attending Saborea Puerto Rico. We know her through her participation in Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America, Chef Wanted and Next Iron Chef.

The Saborea Puerto Rico weekend offers the opportunity to taste gastronomic creations from over 70 local restaurants in addition to a great variety of wines, beers, and distilled spirits at the Tasting Pavilion on the Escambrón Beach. Our special guests this year, California wineries, will provide the best from their vineyards. There will also be a wide variety of coffee and desserts.


This edition of Saborea Puerto Rico offers two additional events. The celebration begins on Thursday, April 7 with the opening party Bubbles and Bites at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino in the Convention Center District. Renowned chefs, both guests and local, will prepare Puerto Rican tapas accompanied by different bubbly beverages.

The party continues on Friday, April 8 with the Saborea Privilege Dinner to be held at the Condado Plaza Hilton. Twenty distinguished Puerto Rican chefs will prepare a meal consisting of two appetizers and a main dish for 10 people per table. Guests at past editions of the event have thoroughly enjoyed this unique and delicious experience.

It should be noted that Saborea Puerto Rico received the 2014 Excellence in Tourism Award granted by the Grupo Excelencia de España. Saborea Puerto Rico received this distinguished prize for its impact on the Island’s tourism industry, for its social responsibility component, and for highlighting Puerto Rican cuisine worldwide.

“The Tourism Company is proud of this new edition of Saborea Puerto Rico, a Culinary Extravaganza. There have been several of this marvelous event that has grown consistently year after year and has allowed positioning Puerto Rico as a world-class culinary/gastronomic destination,” stated Tourism Company director Ingrid I. Rivera Rocafort.


The World Food and Travel Association indicates that culinary tourism represents a $52 billion business in the continental United States and that foodies spend almost $100,000 per minute, 24 hours a day on food and beverages.

In addition, the World Tourism Organization (WTO) states that the culinary industry is a popular segment among tourists and has placed many destinations on the tourism map by providing a more attractive image. According to the WTO, gastronomy and cuisine are projected as a cultural expression and contribute to local, regional and national economic development while reducing seasonal demands.

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