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Some of the World’s Best Paellas Compete at San Miguel’s Azafran Paella and Wine Festival



By Breyton Méndez

For the third consecutive year, San Miguel de Allende will be the venue for one of the world’s most prestigious paella competitions, the Azafran Paella and Wine Festival.

This year’s iteration, on Saturday, July 27, at Hacienda San Jose Lavista, coincides with the vineyard’s harvest celebration. Director Ximena Soane promises an array of gastronomic experiences—including a traditional grape stomping. Hugo D’Acosta, the vineyard’s renowned oenologist, will be present.

Azafran’s international contest is known for finding some of the world’s best paellas. More than 20 will be assessed by demanding judges, and entrants—chefs from restaurants worldwide—are carefully screened. First prize is a truly just reward for paella artistry—two airline tickets to Spain, paella’s spiritual home. Other prizes, such as the Innovation Prize and the People’s Choice Prize, will receive festival sponsor gifts.

When not learning the joys of the world’s greatest paellas, you can participate in other harvest activities like the aforementioned grape stomping but also wine tasting and cellar tours. The vineyard will have an open bar with artisan beers and also live music.

This event lasts all day, 1–11pm. Tickets are on sale through Boletea Tickets,


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