Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Border week: Tijuana hosts its first coffee and tea expo

By: Sandra Dibble

Source: www.utsandiego.com

This is going to be a good week for tea and coffee drinkers and lovers of barbeque and wine. And for three days, members of Indian tribes from across northwest Mexico are offering to share their cultures with the public in a Tijuana park.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday (July 22), Tijuana for the first time will host the Expo de Té y Café, an event featuring exhibits, talks and samples.

Among the scheduled speakers: Javier Plascencia, chef at Tijuana’s Mision 19 (1 p.m. Friday); Olivia Medina de Jonsson, author of “El fascinante mundo del te” (2:30 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday); Ana Laura Martínez Gardoqui of Tijuana’s Culinary Art School, who will explain how to prepare the perfect cup of tea (noon on Saturday).

The event is open to the public and takes place at Tijuana’s Grand Hotel. Cost is 50 pesos per day ($3.75) or 100 pesos ($7.50) for all three days. For details and a complete schedule, go to: expoteycafe.com

Other notable events this week include:

Friday through Sunday: A gathering of indigenous groups from across northwest Mexico at Tijuana’s Morelos Park. The three-day event includes ceremonies, food, music and craft presentations. From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The public is invited to attend. No admission charge.

Sunday: Festival de la Brasa, La Cerveza y el Vino 2012 (barbeque, beer and wine) takes place starting at 12:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Caliente Casino and Racetrack. Scheduled to participate are six Baja California wineries and 16 restaurants offering hamburgers, chicken, seafood and a variety of Mexican dishes. Prices range from $1.50 to $9 per item.

Ongoing through Aug. 24th: The Ensenada/Riverside Cultural Exchange presents the Ensenada-inspired works of Mark Schooley as well as pieces by various members of Plein Air Artsts of Riverside. At the Galería de la Ciudad in the Riviera Cultural Center and at Terra Peninsular on Avenida López Mateos near Avenida Castillo #1090-5.

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