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Everyone Wins at Provino’s Wine Country Paella Festival

As writer Tom Gatch notes in his recent Baja.com story, the annual Paella Festival — August’s most popular event in the wine country near Ensenada — is a perfect cap to the Vendimia that celebrates the grape harvest.  This year’s event, organized by Provino, was arguably the best planned and most well-attended ever, with more than 5,000 people coming to Viñas de Liceaga to enjoy wines, paellas and an afternoon and evening of musical entertainment provided by  Ruta 69, La Choya and Orquesta La Farándula.

Provino organized the 2013 paella festival in Baja's wine region.

Provino organized the 2013 paella festival in Baja’s wine region.

As writer Tom Gatch notes in his recent Baja.com story, the annual Paella Festival — August’s most popular event in the wine country near Ensenada — is a perfect cap to the Vendimia that celebrates the grape harvest.  This year’s event, organized by Provino, was arguably the best planned and most well-attended ever, with more than 5,000 people coming to Viñas de Liceaga to enjoy wines, paellas and an afternoon and evening of musical entertainment provided by  Ruta 69, La Choya and Orquesta La Farándula.

Fifty of the region’s wineries had booths there, and tastings of more than 100 wines were offered.  But the stars of the day were definitely the paellas:  Eighty-seven teams were entered in the paella contest and the enticing aromas of saffron, sausage and roasting langostas scented the fresh country air for hours on end.  It is hard to decide who the real winners were (because, of course, the attendees and tasters were the real winners); but at the end of the day, the winners of the competition were declared and the grand prize (which is really all about the glory and bragging rights for the whole next year) was awareded.

 QUALITY CATEGORY

First Place:  Team “Este arroz ya se coció” (roughly translates to ‘this rice is already cooked’).  The prize was a box with 6 bottles of wine from the Provino members, commemorative aprons for every member of the paella team and a certificate for 16 tickets for the 2014 Paella Contest.

Second Place:  Team “Un Delicioso Algoritmo” (A Delicious Algorithm)

Third Place:  Los Venancios

Fourth Place: Samurai

Fifth Place:  La Alahambra

 

BEST PRESENTATION

First Place:  Santa Eugenia de Riveira

Second Place:  Amigos de Asao

Third Place:  Los Constructores (The Builders)

Fourth Place:  Casa España Olè

Fifth Place: Los Caprichos de Olivarera

Best booth decoration:  Los Amigos de Don Alex

This year, Baja.com was extremely proud to work with Provino on Fiestas de la Vendimia, and congratulates the organization on another successful month leading into the harvesting of the grape bounty that is so apparent in Mexico’s wine country, the Valle de Guadalupe.  Start planning now for August 2014 — there is no better time than Vendimia to plan a visit to Baja California!

 

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About Carla White

Carla White is a freelance writer, public relations/marketing consultant and event organizer based in Ensenada, Baja, California. Carla and her husband Jim moved to Baja in 2003 from the Los Angeles area believing that, thanks to the internet and satellite communications, they could continue working from home while enjoying a richer, more affordable lifestyle. So far, they’ve been right. Connect with Carla Google+

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