San Diego Paella & Wine Festival

200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego Directions
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Report | a year ago
It was wondeful experience!
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The event was ok. Pay tooo much for a 4oz plate of paella. Not worth the money.
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I thought it was not cool to charge for wine during the last hour of the festival
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Long lines were worth the wait!
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The Paella experience and location was nice. The time spent waiting in line for Paella was not a great experience and the Paella and wine were completely sold out by 4:30. The event went on until 6. Thanks for the water.
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The festival hours were 1pm-6pm and they ran out of everything by 2pm....this was disappointing.
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Food was ama
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This is an amazing concept. The only downside is that there are long lines everywhere. you have to wait 5 minutes to get a small portion of wine or beer to sip and then back inline. the paella lines were 10-25 minutes long. it was very limiting because you spend a lot of your time in line instead of roaming and experiencing...otherwise you barely eat or drink. I really hope they remedy the line issue for next year.
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There was hardly any food available when we got there, lines for miles for the two places still serving small dishes. I was able to get 1 beer. Not worth the cost at all. Would not go back to this.
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Purchased 2 tickets for my mother in law and we only got a chance to eat about half a serving spoon for one paella after waiting about two hrs. No wine or paella were being served consistently due to judges coming along. Very poorly organized had to leave to get something to eat.
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  • When and where: the festival kicks off on May 13 from 1 p.m.–6 p.m. at Embarcadero South Park, San Diego
  • What you get: unlimited paella and wine and beer tastings; more alcohol is available for purchase
  • What's there: more than 40 chefs and 20 wineries, contest with over 60 participants and 3,000 attendees; 51st paella cooked by state and local elected officials, with Senator Ben Hueso leading the team; chosen as the official host for the 2nd USA Paella Valenciana World Semifinal, where the winning team will travel to Spain representing San Diego region in the 57th World Paella Championship
  • Live music: Spanish rock from Los Duques and flamenco from La Reyes
  • A good cause: event provides scholarships to support the Urban Corp Association in San Diego; Urban Corp provides environmental job training and education opportunities for more than 400 young people
  • Good to know: event held rain or shine; must be 21+ to enter

Paella, a traditional dish from Spain that dates back to the eighteenth century, is a saffron-infused rice meal with bold flavors and complementary textures, which can include meats, shellfish, and vegetables. Originally a dish of the peasant class cooked over an open fire in the fields and eaten straight from the pan, it takes its name from the wide, shallow pan it is cooked in, the paella or paellera. Nowadays, paella has become a dish of the people, prepared in mom-and-pop shops and Michelin-star eateries alike.

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