The L.A. Paella & Wine Festival is coming to DTLA’s La Plaza de Cultura y Artes on Saturday, October 3rd. The event is a celebration of Latino culture with 50 teams competing to cook up the best paella. 2,500 people are expected to attend the event for the unlimited paella tastings plus unlimited wine and beer tastings too. There will be live music and Mariachi and Flamenco performances.
The event organizers hosted a kick-off dinner at Don Chente’s Bar, Grill & Lounge earlier this week where the chefs put on a demonstration on how to cook up Paella Valenciana, and then served it up to the crowd as they watched Flamenco performances.
If you are not familiar with paella, you don’t know what you are missing. Paella is considered the national dish of Spain. It was originally farmers’ food, cooked by the workers over a wood fire. It was made with rice and whatever was on hand to add to it. There are now many types of paellas including the most popular mixed paella which includes chicken, sausage and seafood. Paella is meant to be the table centerpiece to be shared, making it one of the most sociable culinary experiences.
Tickets are $60 (plus service charge) and include unlimited paella tastings, plus unlimited beer and wine tastings. There are also $120 (plus service charge) VIP tickets that include a special seating area, meet & greet with the judges plus tequila tastings. Click here to buy your tickets for the L.A. Paella & Wine Festival. Use the promo code DTLAexp to save an additional $5 off each ticket. The recent Paella Festival in San Diego sold out so buy your tickets now.