09/14 Friday

Like Water for Chocolate, Film Screening and Chocolate Tasting - VivaFest

Join the fun for a tempting array of chocolates by Casa de Chocolates whose flavors and aromas will strengthen your belief in the Mayan's idea that this is the "Food of the Gods." Then settle in to watch the 20th Anniversary of Como Agua Para Chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate), an award-winning film based on the best-selling novel by Laura Esquivel.

This internationally popular romantic fable from Mexico centers on a young woman who discovers that her cooking has magical effects. The tale's heroine, Tita, is the youngest of three daughters in a traditional Mexican family. Bound by tradition to remain unmarried while caring for her aging mother, Tita nevertheless falls in love with a handsome young man named Pedro. Pedro returns her affection, but he cannot overcome her family's disapproval, and he instead marries Tita's elder sister. The lovestruck young woman is brutally disappointed, and her sadness has such force that it infects her cooking: all who eat it feel her heartbreak with the same intensity. This newly discovered power continues to manifest itself after the wedding, as Tita and Pedro, overcome by their denied love, embark on a secret affair.

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