El Sabor De Ojochal Culinary Festival 2013

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Ojochal culinary festivalThis Saturday marks the opening of the first annual culinary festival called “El Sabor De Ojochal” in the town of Ojochal, 15 minutes south of Uvita. Ojochal is the standout community in Costa Ballena when it comes to culinary selection and prowess. This festival is a move to help put Ojochal on the map as a gastro-tourism destination, especially in a country that is frankly much more well known for its spectacular natural environment, selection of adventurous activities to participate in, and sustainable tourism than its gastronomy.

Participating Restaurants

From 11am-9pm, chefs from 14 nearby restaurants will convene at Restaurant Boca Coronado near the mouth of the Terraba River in Ojochal, and there they will each present creative dishes of different styles and traditions. Some of the participating restaurants are:

  • Restaurant Ylang Ylang
  • Citrus
  • Azul
  • Exotica
  • Villas Gaia
  • Coco Lindo
  • Diquis
  • Mama y Pappa

So you can expect a variety of flavors from France, the Mediterranean, Indonesia, Costa Rica, and more, and of course plenty of fusion cuisine.

Admission Details and Future Culinary Events

Cost of admission is $20 and includes 3 food/beverage tickets, and additional tickets are $3 each. Presale is available at many of the participating restaurants in Ojochal, and it is best to buy early as organizers say they are expecting up to 500 people. The day is sure to be full of prizes, music, good times, and delicious food. For those unable to attend this occasion, there will also be 3 additional events in 2013: a restaurant week from April 16-26, another one-day event in July, and a second restaurant week in September.

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Adrianne is the fun-and-food-loving socialite of Bodhi Surf + Yoga. If she's not whipping up a feast for Bodhi Surf + Yoga guests, she's probably busy writing for the Bodhi blog or keeping people up-to-date on the goings on via social media!


  1. Suzanne Watts on January 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    We are in Uvita and do not have a car. We would like to ensure we have a ticket for your grand event and would like to purchase a ticket in advance if possible. Can we purchase a ticket in Uvita or online?

    Thank you

  2. Adrianne J Chandra-Huff on January 22, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Hi Suzanne, tickets are available for purchase at restaurants in Ojochal. Not sure if you can purchase them in Uvita or online. Perhaps try the Uvita Information Center, they might be able to better inform you. Hope you make it! By the way, this isn’t our event, we just love good food after a fun surf session 🙂

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