World Paella Day

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Celebrate World Paella Day (#Worldpaelladay) on 20 September!

It is time to put an end to the disputes, debate and list of permitted or prohibited ingredients. For one day, the city of Valencia, the birthplace of paella, will share its most international dish with the rest of the world, revealing a recipe that combines tradition, culture and culinary excellence.

On 20 September, Valencians, as the creators of paella, will relinquish their role as guardians of the recipe and, in the spirit of fun and friendship, will resolve the eternal debate surrounding the authentic paella. A day will therefore be added to the international calendar to honour this dish and turn it into an international emblem from the very place it was created.

Paella is a symbol of Valencian culture and a global ambassador for its cuisine, but the recipe has often been embroiled in media disputes, such as the use of chorizo by the English chef Jamie Oliver, actor Rob Schneider's oven-based recipe in a glass dish or the rice with chicken, calamari, chorizo and clams made by the chef Gordon Ramsey.

But the what and the how no longer matter because on 20 September Valencia will invite the rest of the world to "put its grain of rice", to make a paella the centrepiece of get-togethers with friends and family, just like the Valencians do, and to discover the true origins of the most Mediterranean recipe, which came into being in Valencia.


Programme of activities for #Worldpaelladay

#WorldPaellaDay will be the central event within a programme of activities taking place over the month of September, bringing together the International Paella Contest in Sueca (16 September), the MadeinCV Rice days in Valencia and the Rice Harvest Festival at the Albufera Natural Park.

During the whole day of September 20, València city will celebrate World Paella Day in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento. From this emblematic location, an institutional declaration on the universalization of the paella will be made and a showcooking of ten different paellas will be held at 11:30 AM. Almost 1,000 paella tastings will be offered for free to locals and visitors from 12:30 PM. The day will be livened up with live music and various audiovisual animations.


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Dates and times: 
From 20-09-2018To 20-09-2018 14:00 hours