The Paella Festival

San Felipe, Baja, Mexico

This year's Paella at the Hotel Cortez in San Felipe was a great success. A $12 entrance fee provided each person with three tickets which could be applied to beverages and food dishes.

Two hundred or more people enjoyed the colorful celebrations, wandering among the food kiosks to sample the flavorful dishes.

As expected, the main ingredient in Paella is rice. However each group created its own unique dish. Some of the large paella pots were filled with crab claws, shrimp, clams, pork, chicken. Other pots simmered a fine blend for a more Mediterranean-style dish, filled with olives and seafood. No one went away hungry or disappointed.

What more could one ask for than to be on the blonde beach of the Sea of Cortez surrounded by friends, enjoying the wine tasting, mariachis, great food and the warmth of the San Felipe sun? Below is a slide show from this year's (2007) Paellas. Photos are courtesy of Bert Streppel.

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Paellas 2006 Photos