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DMO: Escape to Puerto Rico This Weekend, Virtually

By on March 27, 2020

Chef Wilo Benet (Screen capture of www.twitter.com/WiloBenet)

Discover Puerto Rico invites people to dance salsa, make cocktails and cook authentic Puerto Rican cuisine

To discover all the beauty Puerto Rico has to offer, visit DiscoverPuertoRico.com. (PRNewsfoto/Discover Puerto Rico)

SAN JUAN – Discover Puerto Rico, the island’s Destination Marketing Organization (DMO), wants to “extend the uplifting spirit of Puerto Rico’s rich culture…as we all come together to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and find ourselves in our homes seeking creative inspiration,” by inviting people to “escape to Puerto Rico” this weekend, virtually.

The organization is showcasing local via a salsa lesson with Tito Ortos and his partner, Tamara Livolsi, choreographers to the stars including El Gran Combo, Gilberto Santa Rosa, and Víctor Manuelle on Friday, March 27; a cocktail-making class with Roberto Berdecia, bartender and co-founder of the famous bar La Factoría on Saturday, March 28; and a cooking demo with Puerto Rican chef Wilo Benet from Wilo Eatery & Bar on Sunday, March 29.

“We take great responsibility in helping stop the spread of COVID-19, so we’re not encouraging travelers to visit us right now as everyone needs to stay safe in their homes. Instead, we want to extend an important part of our culture – our salsa music and dancing, our mixology and our delicious cuisine – to uplift people during these challenging times. We encourage travelers to daydream about our Island now and consider a visit later, when the time is right. In the meantime, we’re excited to join them in their living rooms for this virtual getaway,” said Brad Dean, CEO of Discover Puerto Rico.

Salsa Lesson on Friday, March 27 from 8:00 p.m. ET – 9:00 p.m. ET

The salsa lesson will kick-off with a brief overview of basic salsa steps from notable salsa dancers, Tito and Tamara, and turn into a salsa dance party, so people can have a little fun from the comfort of their homes.

  • To participate, log into Zoom for free via https://zoom.us/j/293759126 (Meeting ID #293-759-126) at 8:00 p.m. ET. All you need is an internet connection and a webcam to show off your best moves to other participants. No experience is necessary.
  • Tito, the Director of the San Juan City Salsa Dance Program, participates with Tamara every year in congresses around the world and both work as judges for the World Salsa Summit, Euroson Latino and the World Salsa Championships.

Cocktail Making on Saturday, March 28 from 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET

Participants will not want to miss top bartender on the Island, Roberto Berdecia, co-owner of acclaimed La Factoría and Jungle Bird, serve up one of his favorites.

  • To participate, join via Instagram Live at @discoverpuertorico
  • La Factoría in Old San Juan, celebrating its fifth year as one of the World’s 50 Best Bars and featured in the music video of the hit song, Despacito, offers incredible cocktails harnessing local flavors, some of the best hospitality on the Island and an authentic atmosphere that seeps out of the distinguished bar walls.

Cooking Class on Sunday, March 29 from 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET

Chef Wilo Benet, who has redefined Puerto Rican cuisine, and in that process, has put the Island’s enchanting flavors on the global map, will walk participants through one of his favorite dishes you can easily whip up from home.

  • To participate, join via Instagram Live at @discoverpuertorico
  • Chef Benet defines his culinary style as contemporary global cuisine, a concept that combines traditional Puerto Rican ingredients with Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Spanish, Italian, French and Arab influences.

“Puerto Rico’s music and gastronomy are at the center of the Island’s culture. Once it’s time to explore again, visitors will find no shortage of places on the island to discover, where they can put their new salsa dancing skills to the test or try some of Puerto Rico’s best cocktails and dishes,” the DMO assured.

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