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June starts out tasty with paella festival

By Jade Arroyo

The second edition of the Festival 100 Paellas will take place Saturday, June 1. This gastronomic event takes the form of a competition, in which about 100 cooks will create their own versions of this iconic rice dish, from the classic Valencia style to modern interpretations, including sweet paella for dessert. This tasty festival will be held at the gardens of the Real de Minas Hotel and is sponsored by Tenedor Rojo Productions. The culinary cornucopia will also feature live music and vendors of olive oils and wines, starting at 1pm through 8pm. At a press conference, Marcelo Castro Vera (general director of the Real de Minas Hotel and Tenedor Rojo Productions) shared the details of this project and remarked on the importance of creating new initiatives that promote tourism and hotel occupancy, especially during June, one of the slowest months.

He added that this year the event will have more participants in the paella contest and more assistance. He said that amusements will be available for young and old and this is a family-friendly event. When darkness falls, the party will close with a light show.

Proceeds from the events will benefit the association Fundación Pro-Niño Leonés, which helps children from the state of Guanjuato from low-income families; the association currently supports the elementary school educations of 250 children.

The call to participate in this contest is open to all foodies, not just professional chefs or restaurant owners. The only requirement is to have a passion for cooking and a desire to wow everyone with outstanding paella.

The public will vote on the best 10 paellas of the day, and the cooks will win prizes such as spa services, special dinners, and wine.

For further information about how to participate, write to or call 152-2626. Before May 31, tickets for the festival cost 170 pesos for adults. After that date, tickets cost 190 pesos for adults and 60 pesos for children.


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