Wining and dining Puerto Rico-style

SAN JUAN -- Wine afficionados and culinary mavens are invited to wine and dine Puerto Rico-style at the 11th annual Celebration of Vintage Hospitality Nov. 9 to 18.

Visitors can select specific events to attend during the celebration.Ticket prices are commissionable at 12%.

Wyndham El San Juan Hotel & Casino is offering special rates during the event. Rates at El San Juan start at $164 per room, per night, double, plus tax.

A sampling of culinary evenings includes:

  • Oriental Group Wine and Food Festival in historic Cuartel de Ballaja, a former garrison for Spanish troops during colonial times.
  • This event launches Puerto Rico's Christmas season and features live entertainment by the island's Pops Orchestra along with its top chefs, restaurants and coffee and rum producers; Date: Nov. 10. Fee: $50.

  • Grand Tasting, in which a panel of experts taste, critique and comment on a collection of wines; Date: Nov. 15. Fee: $200.
  • All-Star Chefs' five-course, black-tie dinner and auction in the Grand Hall of the Puerto Rico Museum of Art; Date: Nov. 17. Fee: $250.
  • For a schedule of events, call (787) 782-4343.

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