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Paella Wine and Beer Fest in DTLA October 7th

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Fifty chefs from California-Baja California region and Spain will compete for the title of Best Paella in Los Angeles at the 3rd Annual Paella & Wine Festival to be held on October 7th, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at Pershing Square (532 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA)

The Los Angeles Paella, Wine & Beer Festival is a celebration of Paella – a dish that comes to us from Spain, with origins dating back to the eighteenth century. It is a saffron-infused rice dish that marries bold flavors and delightful textures. It has come to be combined with  a variety of meats, shellfish and vegetables.  Considered a holiday dish now, paella was originally a peasant’s meal cooked over an open fire in the fields and eaten directly from the pan using wooden spoons.

 

 

The dish takes its name from the wide shallow pan that it is cooked in, traditionally called the paella or paellera. The recipe commonly known as paella can more accurately be referred toas Arroz a la Paella (rice done in paella-style). Today, paella recipes have become somewhat of an art form – ranging from decadent meats and seafoods to vegan and vegetarian.

The Los Angeles Paella, Wine & Beer Festival, will feature UNLIMITED TASTING PAELLA that will feed over 5,000 people. We are proud to have one of the World-Wide Semifinals of Paella Valenciana in Los Angeles, competing with other eight countries. The Food Festival will also feature more than 50 acclaimed Paella chefs and their teams which will gather from across the globe to compete for the titles of:

“Best Paella Valenciana in Los Angeles” and “Next Best Paella Valenciana in Los Angeles”

“Best Free Paella in LA” and “Next Best Free Paella in LA”

“People’s Choice”

The Los Angeles Paella Wine & Beer Festival will also feature dozens of acclaimed local and international wineries, breweries and tequilerias with UNLIMITED WINE & BEER TASTINGS, Sangria, Spirits and Spanish Tapas for sale.

Fifty Regional and International Chefs to Compete for the Best Paella

Participating chefs include Mario Medina, Leo Razo, Luis Roger, Chris Tzorin, Claudia Sandoval, Miguel Angel Guerrero, Andrew Spurgin, Javier Gonzalez, Flor Franco, and Jesus Melero and Miguel Sanfeliu, both from Spain.  A panel of ten chefs will judge the paellas a select the winner.  The Festival will also feature 20 wineries, 10 beer companies, and 10 tequileros from California, Mexico, and Spain.

The winner of the paella Valenciana will be going to Spain to compete for the world title of best Paella Valenciana in Chueca Valencia Spain.

Restaurateur and Chef Vicente Ortiz will be cooking the biggest Paella ever cooked in the USA. Don Chente Bar and Grill, 1248 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015.

The Los Angeles Paella, Wine & Beer Festival will also feature a number of Spanish & Mexican music and dance performers who will create a one-of-a-kind festive atmosphere.

For more information about the festival, please visit www.paellawinefest.com. General admission tickets cost $50 and may be purchased online. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the festival’s non-profit partner, CANICA USA Inc

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Gerry Furth-Sides

Gerry Furth-Sides

Content Editor/Columnist

Photo-journalist Gerry Furth-Sides has been covering the ethnic and American culinary scene in California since it first came into prominence 25 years ago.