Taste of La Cruz a Huge Success with Record Crowds and Tons of Smiles

Landon Hollander - InsideLaCruz
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January 21, 2014

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Now that the dust has more or less settled and much needed day of rest and football has transpired, it's time to recap Saturday's wonderful La Cruz event.

The attendance was just shy of 1,100; an increase of almost 25% from last year. The happy visitors took advantage of the yearly gathering of Bahia restaurants, businesses, services, artisans and musicians at the splendid Malecon venue of the Marina Riviera Nayarit.

Luna Runba took their game up a notch by introducing Latin dancer Lily Alcantara who bewitched the audience with her beautiful moves.  Bucerias' Crazy Bitches had the crowd hooting for more. Latcho & Andrea received a standing ovation from the Amphitheater crowd and performed two encores. The Banderas Bay Jazz All Stars slammed the night shut with their smoking hot set and the crowd exited with ear-to-ear grins.

Likewise the area restaurants reported running out of food several times and making emergency runs back to their home bases. Attending gastronomic enthusiasts were none the wiser of this little detail; the great food flowed until the very end.

All vendors were happy with the exposure and business that the event provided, many asking how soon can we do it again?

I don't have the energy (in the last week I've walked the Malecon at least 100 times) to thank everyone who made Taste of La Cruz a bigger success than the previous two, but here goes... 1)Wife Connie Hollander who handled all the accounting, 2) Rafael Alcantara (our co-coordinator) and the entire Marina staff who made this a seamless production, 3) All the volunteers who manned the tables, 4) The incredible musical acts who made the 100 peso cover charge the BEST BARGAIN in the Bahia all year long and 5) The participating restaurants, hotels, services, vendors and artisans who WERE- THE TASTE - they were what everyone came for. 6) Oh yeah, and Eco Edna Cornejo who was the FACE of TASTE this year (she's still our QUEEN until the next Fiestas Patronales in April), 7) Cynthia Coffen who put the professional spin on my design ideas for the Edna Logo and all subsequent media blasts...8) The sponsors who made it possible to get a jump start promoting TASTE: Snowbird Construction Consultants, A Hand In The Kitchen, Puerto Bahia, Los Arroyos Verdes, Café Des Artistes, CMQ Hospital Group, Frascati and Oso's Oysrer Bar & Fish Market Restaurant. 9) Tthe attending public who made this all possible - thank you all for coming!

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