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Baja Events – May 2012 – Picks

Spring is in full bloom in Baja and wine shines as the undisputed star of the Peninsula during May. And where there’s wine, regional food usually follows and often with a backdrop of joyful music and fine art to cater to our senses.

The Guadalupe Valley, our backyard Tuscany, is a veteran in organizing fiestas that capture the spirit of the season. This May for the first time,Todos Santos in Baja California Sur, borrows the Valle de Guadalupe’s art of celebrating the season, blending it with its own recipe to appeal to our palate at the GastroVino festival.

If great food and fine wine is not your… cup of tea, other seasonal festivities provide an ample taste of the Baja lifestyle, including horse shows, off road races, and art festivals. Finally, on June 2nd, Baja comes to San Diego for the Baja Bash, a benefit event that promises to entertain with art and flavors of the Peninsula, celebrity chefs and top musicians, all helping to support WiLDCOAST preserve the natural and unique environment all Baja aficionados have come to cherish.

There are hundreds of local events for everyone that can be found on The following represent some of our favorite selections.

Event dates and details are subject to sudden change and cancellation. Please confirm with the event organizers before booking your trip.

Rosarito: World Outdoor Racquetball Mexico Cup
When: May 3-6
Don’t miss this spectacular event that will take place at the  Rosarito Beach Hotel. The competition will begin on May 3rd and continue until May 6th, 2012. The tournament will feature handball and outdoor categories that will compete for a slice of $20,000 in prize money.
$50 to $90

Ensenada: 10th Annual Horse, Art and Wine Festival
When: May 20
A great event for horse lovers with a packed program that will keep you entertained all day. But it’s not only about horses. There will be food, live music, folk dancing, art exhibits and, of course, Guadalupe Valley wines to enjoy in the beautiful setting of the Adobe Guadalupe Vineyards Inn.
Cost: Approx $24

Todos Santos: 1st GastroVino: Baja Food and Wine Festival
When: May 19th and 20th
A festival created to celebrate the typical food and wine of Baja California. Several wineries from northern Baja will offer tasting and wine for purchase, while top chefs from the Todos Santos region will prepare local delicacies. Bands will alternate on the stage throughout the day and a silent auction will benefit local charities. A wine maker’s dinner is available on the 19th, the night before the main event.
Cost: Approx $19

Ensenada: Fiesta of the Flowering Vineyards
When: May 19
This event is a perfect choice for those looking to immerse themselves in the breadth of what Mexican wines can offer. It’s held at a different winery every year, with regional wineries presenting samples of some of their best varietals.   The 2012 edition will take place at Vinedos Lafarga. There will be regional food as well as live music.
Cost Approx $15

Rosarito: Rosarito Art Fest
When: May 26-27
The Rosarito Art Festival will be celebrating its third year, hoping to build upon the success of last year’s event. The event is organized by the artist’s community of Rosarito Beach, and will showcase the skills of over 100 regional artists.
Cost: free

Ensenada: 44th Tecate SCORE Baja 500
When: June 1-3
Half the size of the Baja 1000, but not half the fun and excitement. Over 250 cars, motorcycles, trucks, and ATVs compete on 500 miles of Baja’s rugged terrain. The race will begin and end in Ensenada.
Cost: free for spectators

San Diego: The Baja Bash in San Diego
When: June 2 is pleased to support Wildcoast, the international conservation team responsible for groundbreaking environmental projects and campaigns to conserve Baja California’s coastal habitats, in sponsoring this event that celebrates the natural beauty of Baja. Over 300 surf legends, community leaders, and environmental pioneers are expected to gather at the Port Pavilion in San Diego for an evening of festivities that include a sunset cocktail reception, Baja-inspired cuisine, a photography exhibit, live music, and a silent and live auction.
Cost: $75


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