Why You Should Attend the Paella & Wine Festival in San Diego

Paella. Wine. Festival. The three words together conjure up such a blissful scenario in my imagination. I never thought I'd see the day where those three little words would go together so harmoniously. But then again, I live in San Diego.

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The Paella & Wine Festival at Waterfront Park is the perfect event to get your grub on. Watch as chefs compete to win the prize of Best Paella in the Baja-California Region. Keep on reading for reasons why you should attend the Paella & Wine Festival next year!

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What is paella?

Paella is a saffron-infused rice dish that originated in Spain. Types of paella can include seafood paella, vegan/vegetarian paella, mixed paella, & whatever other combinations you can imagine. Paella is cooked in a shallow metal pan. The crispy bottom of the paella that becomes caramelized & toasted is called socarrat.

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Paella

Eat all the paella your heart desires. Simply make your way to the line & wait to be served some tasty paella. My tip: Go around early in the afternoon & figure out what time each paella chef will be serving their dish. The sign with their serving time is on their canopy. Take note & then get in line a few minutes before otherwise the line gets quite long.

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Wine

I'm not the biggest wine expert in the world so it was wonderful to have a variety of wine vendors supplying so many options. I was able to try different types & get a feel for what my palate positively responded to. Drinks are served in 2-ounce pours. My tip: Keep your cup & reuse it. You won't receive a second one.

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Beer

As you know from my multitude of brew reviews, beer is more of my jam. You can read some of  my reviews here, here, & here. I enjoyed trying new brands from the Southern California & Mexico areas. My tip: Last call for alcohol is at 5:30 p.m. Be aware of the time & get your refills.

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Location

You don't have to twist my arm to spend the day in San Diego. SD is the place to be. The Paella & Wine Festival is held at Waterfront Park, a newly constructed waterfront space in downtown San Diego. My tip: Bring a light layer in case it does get chilly. You're by the water after all.

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Free Swag

I'm pretty sure I speak for everyone when I say that free stuff rocks! Some of the free swag included reusable water bottles, drawstring backpacks, beer koozies, & more. My tip: Make the most out of your ticket price & grab any free swag that catches your eye.

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Entertainment

With everything from live music to dancing to watching the paella chefs work their magic to a whimsical conga line, the Paella & Wine Festival is filled with entertainment. Grab yourself a serving of paella & a bit of wine then feel free to sit down & watch the liveliness unfold. My tip: If you're feeling up to it, you can always join in.

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The Paella & Wine Festival in San Diego is the ideal way to curb your wanderlust because you get taste of the Spanish culture without having to venture too far. Enjoy endless paella, beer, & wine. Take in the beautiful San Diego scenery. Participate in the variety of live entertainment & while you're at it, grab some free swag.

How does the fest sound to you? Have you eaten paella before? :]

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32 comments

  1. this looks fab! I love paella and could eat it every day! a festival for it sounds brilliant!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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  2. Sounds so cool,likeso much fun.Until today,I had never heard of Paella.Always great to learn new things.The pictures are great too.
    sophieatieno.com

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  3. Honestly? I didn't need reasons. I saw the words 'paella' and 'wine' and I was on board, haha. It sounds like a great time, though, on top of the good food and wine :)

    Erin
    http://sexycardi.blogspot.ca

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  4. Sounds like a wonderful event but to be honest, I've actually never heard of Paella. Maybe it's because I'm here in Canada..haha, not sure. Great pics, looks so fun! x

    Ann-Marie | http://facetocurls.com

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  5. Oh my goodness, this sounds amazing! I come from the Spanish region where paella originates from so I grew up eating it on a regular basis. It is so fantastic that it is celebrated as far as California! If anyone here fancies the recipe to the authentic Valencian paella, last year I shared my dad's recipe on my blog. Feel free to check it: http://sunshineandglow.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/paella.html

    Inma x
    sunshineandglow.blogspot.com

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  6. Looks like such a fun event in the park :) Love that they have lots of food to choose from and looking at the pictures makes me hungry !!

    xo
    http://style-hue.com/

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  7. The food looks so good!

    http://poiseinwings.blogspot.com/

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  8. This sounds like it would be so much fun -Hanna Lei

    Latest Post: Outfit: Harley Quinn Cosplay

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  9. I have never had Paella but I am intrigued! I love the idea of a festival like this, trying out new food and drinks is the best idea ever. I wish to visit someday x

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  10. Mmmm I love Paella and wine- so this sounds like my kinda thing ;) Looks so fun


    Rachel xx
    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

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  11. ha ha this looks sooo fun!
    Katelyn
    theyellowspectacles.com

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  12. Sophia Morena BiffiMay 22, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    I love paella, is my favourite spanish food! I'm italian but I live in Spain since 3 years....This kind of paella events are so cool! Kisses
    Sophia
    www.sophiasfashiondiary.com

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  13. We Filipinos love Paella too :)

    ♥ from www.expatpetite.blogspot.com

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  14. What's your favorite kind of paella?! :]

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  15. I hadn't really heard of paella either! :]

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  16. That's how I felt. The two words alone sold me. Do you have a favorite wine?! :]

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  17. I hadn't heard of it until recently as well. On another note, I just tried poutine, so I was excited about that. :]

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  18. What a wonderful recipe! Thanks for sharing. Now I just need a vegetarian version. :]

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  19. Yes, I wish I had the vegan paella right now. :]

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  20. It was like going out of the country for the afternoon. So fun. :]

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  21. Yum! What's your favorite kind of paella, Rachel? :]

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  22. Where in Spain did you live? I have yet to visit. :]

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  23. Yum. What's your favorite kind of paella?! :]

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  24. Paella is great! That festival looks amazing! and they have wine too, omg I need to go, enough said.

    xx
    Ana

    Indie Suns | Bloglovin' | Instagram

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  25. I don't really know what I'm doing with wine, honestly. And I typically just play around with what I buy. But, I will buy Gallo's White Zinfandel anytime ;)

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  26. Hmmm... Replace the meat wth artichoke and double up on peppers, so maybe add red pepper as well. Maybe add some peas too and you're all set :) x

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  27. That sounds delightful & super hearty. Love artichoke! :]

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  28. Same here. I'm definitely a beer girl. Gallo is nice & affordable at least. :]

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  29. Looks like such a fun festival!

    XO

    Molly

    www.trendychickadee.com

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  30. It was wine-derful. Is that lame? :]

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