Preview: LA Paella – Wine & Spirits Festival

In Buzz, Food & Drink by Sam


Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Look no further! This Saturday, at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, the first annual, Los Angeles Paella –Wine & Spirits Festival will be taking place. The unique event will be a celebration of Latino culture that will include 50 paella teams, unlimited wine, beer, tequila, sangria, and most importantly-paella! How could it get any better?!

What is paella?

“Paella 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. Combined with a variety of meats, shellfish and vegetables, 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 to as 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.” 


For those unfamiliar with the delicious dish or Lationo culture in general, this is the perfect event to come and expand your horizons while having a blast at the same time. The paella teams will all be competing to win the crown of best paella dish. Thus, attendees can expect to enjoy some of the best made paella one can get their hands on!

Chefs, restaurants and world renowned paelleros will set the tone by interactively sharing their recipes and stories through live demonstrations with the guests as well. This is an opportunity to be part of the Los Angeles birth of an event rich in Latino heritage and culture that transcends all tastes, borders and people.

With so much paella, guests need something to wash it down with. Well no worries, they have got you covered. Wineries, breweries and tequilas companies from California, Mexico and Spain will offer their best drinks as well. See below, for a list of all the wineries and spirits that will be present.

Confirmed Wineries

-Bodega Puente de Rus

– Bodega Penafiel

– Me​diterraneo Taste Wines

– Bodega Vision Brands Int.​

– San Antonio Winery

– OWC Wines

– Baja Wines USA

–  Encanto Vineyards

Confirmed Spirits

– Remy Martin

– Cazadores Tequila

– Casa Mexico Tequila

– Tequila Don Fermin

– Tequila Senda Real

– Moreno Champagne

-Partida Tequila

-Los Tres Tonos Tequila

Along with all the great paella and drinks, there will be great entertainment as well! Live music with Flamenco, Mariachi and Rock en Español will keep you dancing the entire time. ​There will be more than 3000 people attending  this festival, so make sure to get your tickets soon!

Find the link to purchase tickets here.