For this 2021 edition of the Paella Contest, a traditional event that marks the closing of the Harvest Festivities in Ensenada, the Provino Committee of Baja California has made important changes marked not only by the global panorama that has required reinvention but responding to the context in which the Valle de Guadalupe is found to tackle issues.
The event will take place next Oct. 24 in the city of Ensenada, at the rooftop of the Coral & Marina Hotel, with a reduced capacity of 950 people and following all the protocols established by the Baja California Health Secretariat. “In this way, by taking the event out of Valle de Guadalupe, Provino joins the demand of other organizations and the public that the Zoning and Land Use Regulations be implemented for the Sectorial Program for Urban-Tourist Development of the Wine Valleys of the North Zone of the Municipality of Ensenada, to set an example of how to continue promoting Baja California wine and at the same time promote sustainable tourism that does not threaten the agro-industrial vocation of the area”, reported Santiago Cosío Pando, President of the Committee Provino.
In the same way, the dynamics of this year’s event were reconfigured with a new proposal reinforcing the commitment to harmonize gastronomy with enology. Attendees will have the opportunity to taste +100 wine labels from 50 participating wineries, including award-winning wines in international competitions. In this edition, the traditional contest that rewards organoleptic conditions will not be held by the Ensenada Gastronomic and Paella Association (AGAPE), but the 50 participating paella teams will do so with preparations in paella dishes (casserole) that will include the classic saffron rice as well as various preparations of rice and noodles, where the best presentation and stand decoration will be awarded.
Concerned about reducing the ecological footprint, Provino will once again implement actions focused on sustainability such as the management of compostable/biodegradable disposables, separation of organic waste to later generate compost that will be used in the orchards of the wine valleys, and the separation of glass to transform it into decorative elements.
It should be noted that this 2021 in the activities that the organization has been able to carry out, they have allocated capacity of only 20% compared to previous years, all have been outdoors and with this celebration of Harvest Festival Paellas presented by Hotel Coral & Marina and Nissan Baja, 100% of their events would be taking place in the urban area of Ensenada.
The event will be only for adults, from 12:00 noon to 7:00 pm in the afternoon and all attendees must present their complete vaccination schedule to enter. The cost of the ticket is 1,450 pesos per person and includes wine tastings, gastronomic samples, a musical program, and mainly a new autumn experience in front of the sea.