San Miguel Has Set the Table for Its Biggest Food Festival Ever

The San Miguel de Allende Food Festival (SMAFF) is this celebrated colonial town’s biggest annual festival, as well as one of the most anticipated and exciting culinary events in Mexico. And the 2016 edition, July 15-17, will be the biggest festival yet with some 50 national and international chefs, performances by five musical groups, more than 100 exhibitors including hotels, restaurants, caterers, artisans, local food producers and wineries, and more than 30 food writers and other media. About 2,000 food lovers from Mexico and around the world will converge on San Miguel to enjoy tasting menus, wine tastings, entertainment, product exhibits, and the festival’s main event, the ‘Chefs Table.’

Festival Timetable:

The festival will run from 2:00 to 10:00 pm on Friday, July 14;  from 12:00 to 10:00 pm on Saturday, and from 11:00 am to 07:00 pm on Sunday. Each day will feature a variety of events and activities including:

Tasting Table: For the first time, SMAFF will have a special Tasting Table offering fine wines, mescals and beers along with cooking demonstrations and culinary exhibitions.

Chef’s Table: Festival-goers will be able to sample a wide range of gourmet dishes whipped up by the Mexican and international chefs. The chefs will be divided into teams to prepare unique recipes for a series of meals, while also spending time eating and talking with the attendees. The Chef’s Table is being designed by Casa Armida, one of the most recognized design houses in the country based in San Miguel. The state of Tabasco will bring a special presentation to the Chef’s Table: “The Dinner of Eden” featuring a huge bed of smoked oysters. One of the featured teams will be four chefs from the Rosewood San Miguel. Monin, a top brand internationally for beverage mixers,  syrups and flavorings, will be serving cocktails at the Chef’s Table and Cervecería Boca Negra will be including during this event.

Among the participating chefs will be Najat Kaanache Amghiraf, one of the world’s leading female chefs. The Moroccan native trained at Ferran Adria’s renowned El Bulli in Spain and then honed her skills at prestigious Noma in Copenhagen, French Laundry in Yountville, California, Per Se in New York City and Alinea in Chicago, working alongside such culinary giants as Rene Redzepi, Thomas Keller, Grant Achatz and Martin Berasetegui.  She went on to instruct chefs worldwide on the latest culinary techniques and lecture at major universities and festivals on the science of cooking with White House Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses.

The Chef’s Table meals range between 1,200 pesos (about $63) and 2,000 pesos (about $105).


Friday, July 15, 6:00 pm:  Elliot The Furniture, a popular Guadalajara band.

Saturday, July 16, 4:00 pm: Makupa, the innovative Mexican Cello artist.

Saturday, July 16, 6:00 pm Los Rumberos de Massachusetts

Sunday, July 17, 2:00 pm: Guacamole, the Mexican rap band.

Sunday, July 17, 4:00 pm: Taciturno, Classic Rock, Guadalajara band.

Event Location: Hacienda Los Picachos

More than 100 hotels, restaurants, caterers, artisans, local food producers and wineries

will be exhibiting their products and services at the upscale event site of Hacienda los Picachos, a ranch retreat with 41-upscale rooms in San Miguel de Allende. Among the exhibitors will be Hotel Matilda, Rosewood San Miguel, Bocanegra brewery, Monin, Wine Gurus, Vinos + Tapas, Tequila Casa Dragones, Tequila Don Ramon, wine distributor Ferrer y Asociados, Nomada restaurant in San Miguel, Cervezería Allende, winery EBZ and beer brewer Chela Libre.

Hotel Packages

Hacienda Los Picachos is providing a special 2-night package that includes 3-day festival passes.  For package details, visit the hotel website:

For more information and tickets visit the SMA Food Festival website:

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Media Contact
Company Name: SMA Food Festival
Contact Person: Shari Reynolds
Phone: +51 1 (415) 107-1440
State: San Miguel de Allende
Country: Mexico