TULUM, México – The picturesque town of Tulum is all set to introduce a traditional lobster dish, showcasing the flagship food product of the municipality, obtained sustainably through responsible fishing practices. The culinary revelation is scheduled to be unveiled at the much-awaited Lobster Festival 2023, a vibrant event to be held on the 5th and 6th of August in the enchanting Punta Allen. This festival promises an amalgamation of cultural, sporting, and gastronomic events, attracting visitors and locals alike.
During the press conference held on a delightful Thursday, the event’s presentation featured Carlos Mendoza, the esteemed gastronomy judge and professor at Cecyte, who expressed his excitement about the culinary milestone set to be achieved in creating a distinct regional delicacy.
“This initiative holds immense importance; lobster has been one of the primary flavors defining this municipality for a long time, but elevating it in this manner will undoubtedly lead to continued recognition of the hard work put in by the fishermen, both on their boats and in the cooperative’s fishing grounds,” remarked Mendoza.
He went on to elaborate that Tulum’s lobster has gained national acclaim due to the fishing methods employed. Giving it the status of a local dish will not only showcase its delectable taste to tourists but also emphasize the preservation efforts undertaken through a sustainable framework.
Mendoza also highlighted the global recognition of Maya culture and believes that blending it with this native flavor will further solidify Tulum’s position as a significant gastronomic destination.
“As a gastronomic hub, Tulum is already highly regarded, but bestowing this value on our lobster dish will enable people to come and experience its unique taste. Moreover, as they savor these flavors, they will know that they come from a fishing practice that respects the reefs and lobster production,” he asserted.
The fishing community adheres to these guidelines to ensure a steady supply of products for the future while maintaining an ideal size and taste. Notably, Punta Allen Vigía Chico is one of only three cooperatives in the country authorized and certified for lobster exportation.
Meanwhile, local authorities shared that the winning dish selected through the gastronomy competition will undergo Cabildo approval to receive official recognition and distinction.
Event Highlights and Schedule
The Lobster Festival’s exciting activities are scheduled for the 5th and 6th of August, commencing on Saturday with the first bicycle ride from the Sian Ka’an arch to Punta Allen, taking place from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM. Following this, there will be quick-fire volleyball and soccer tournaments, followed by a captivating photography exhibition.
At 4:30 PM, the vibrant youth folk group from Tulum will take the stage, followed by the official welcome and opening statements from local authorities at 5:40 PM. The festival’s centerpiece event, the Lobster Day gastronomy competition, will commence at 7:00 PM, with the star ingredient being the esteemed crustacean.
A children’s recycled costume contest will also be held, leading up to the closing ceremony and awards presentation. The night will culminate with the highly anticipated Grand Battle Royale, showcasing the finest wrestlers from southeastern Mexico, including Toriñito, Chikitin, Jaguar Sagrado, Príncipe Jaguar, Guerrero Galáctico Jr., Guardián, and Danger Boy on the technical side, against Caballero Galáctico, Ardelquin, Halcón Rojo Jr., Muerte Infernar, Ultimatum, and Mercurio representing the rudos. A dance will conclude the night’s festivities at 10:30 PM.
On Sunday, a beach cleanup event will take place in the Punta Allen community from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM. The final event of the festival will be a softball match at 10:00 AM, featuring the Diablillas de Hondzonot facing off against a local team.