Saborea Puerto Rico
Credit: Joe Colon/Courtesy of Saborea Puerto Rico

From pasteles to asopao, the flavors of Puerto Rico are bright and colorful combinations that can’t be found anywhere else on this planet. And puertorriquenos are nothing if not proud of their food and culture.

So, every year, the island hosts a festival “celebrating the best in Caribbean traditions and worldwide flavors” on Escambrón Beach.

The little beach, located just outside of Old San Juan, will transform into a culinary wonderland this year from May 18 to 21 with Saborea Puerto Rico.

Visitors to the festival — which attracts locals and tourists alike — will be able to taste culinary creations from 50 chefs (from Puerto Rico and around the world) and 30 Puerto Rican restaurants while enjoying samples from local vineyards, breweries and distilleries.

The stand-out event of the festival is the “Privileged Taste of Saborea Opening Reception” on May 19, when about 20 of Puerto Rico’s renowned chefs create an intimate, sit-down dining experience.

Each chef will host a table of 10 and prepare a unique meal for everybody at the table. Chefs come from some of the best restaurants and hotels around the island including the The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort and Mesa 364. To top off the meal, the festival also invited pastry chefs to create decadent desserts.

A weekend pass for access to all the festival events costs $300, although it’s possible to hand-select events to attend, starting at $75.

Travelers can use the code “NMPPB” to receive a discount on Delta flights to and from Puerto Rico for the festival.