Second Annual Baja By the Sea Draws Crowd To Seaport Village

Published 29 June 10 11:18 PM

By Ron Raposa

Hundreds of Baja lovers andgovernment officials from both sides of the border flocked to Saturday’s secondannual Baja By the Sea event at San Diego’s Seaport Village.


The eight-hour event featuredexhibits --- and many free samples --- of signature Baja food and wine, as wellas booths highlighting art, tourism, hotels, services and products of thepopular region.


Each of Baja’s five cities hadexhibits at the event. Several Baja mayors, including Hugo Torres of Rosarito,attended and pitched in to make a giant bowl of cerviche to help inaugurateBaja By The Sea.


The event also featured many statementsof good will and the importance of partnership between Baja and neighboring Southern California.


Baja California Gov. Jose Guadalupe OsunaMilan thanked San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders for his great support, includingassistance in helping train Baja’s recently launched Metropolitan TouristPolice force.


Steven Kashkett, U.S. general in Tijuana, spoke of the benefits from being inthe region and being able to enjoy the things that Baja has to offer. “Ours isone region that is truly binational, bicultural and bilingual,” he said.

Being based in Tijuana, he is able to enjoy those thingseveryday, Kashkett said, while urging “those who live on this side of theborder to come down and enjoy them soon.”


San Diego Port Commissioner LeeBurdick said of the region that “our partnership benefits both countries.” Sheadded that Baja wines “rival some of the best made in California.”


Baja By The Sea was sponsored bythe state of Baja, its restaurant association, cities and other groups. 


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