There's something life-changing about a good plate of paella. When it's prepared well, swimming in seafood and spiced to perfection, it has the ability to transport you right to the south of Spain.
Celebrating this saffron-infused rice dish with roots dating back to the 18th century, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce presents the inaugural International Paella & Wine Festival on Saturday, May 30.
Starting at noon and lasting until 6 p.m. at Embarcadero Marina Park South, the foodie festival gives ticket-holders unlimited portions of paella and wine tastings alongside live music, flamenco dancing, cooking demos and bay views.
The Paella & Wine Festival will also set chefs from around the globe head-to-head to compete for "Best Paella in the Baja-California Region." Judges of the competition include Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Chef Brian Malarkey, Consul General Remedios Gomez Arnau, Javier González, director of Tijuana's Culinary Art School, and others.
A general admission ticket is priced at $50, VIP is $175 and designated driver is $20. For tickets and more information, visit sdpaellafest.com.
Embarcadero Marina Park South, 200 Marina Park Way