On Saturday, November 9, 2019 the 17th Annual Paella Lovers United Cook-Off will bring together nearly 1000 attendees as they explore Spain’s culinary traditions and culture right in the heart of Texas. For the fourth year in a row, the event will take place on the expansive historic grounds of Camp Ben McCulloch, in Driftwood, TX. The charity beneficiary of this year’s event is Baylor Scott & White Central Texas Foundation. Their Austin Medical Center opens Spring 2020!

Call For Teams!

Currently, we are promoting a “Call For Teams“. That is, we are requesting that any and all teams wishing to compete in this year’s event do so now. There are limited slots available and we are running out. Reserve your team position now!

NOTICE! ALL Team Time Slots for all Heats in Austin are completely filled!!!
Please see our Standby Team Waitlist if you wish to be placed on the Austin Standby waitlist

However, we are pleased to announce our up coming Spring Competition in Port Aransas TX. This is a new venture for us and Port Aransas. Interested teams can show preliminary support by clicking on the following link.


What to Expect

Paella Lovers United Annual Cook-off is an outdoor, open wood-fire paella cook-off between competing teams. Join around 1000 other foodies at one of Austin’s most beloved event venues, picking the perfect spot for your blanket and chairs under shady Texas oak trees or lazily watching the buzz of the festival from one of the many stone tables at the heart of the grounds. With your entry ticket you will have:

  • Access throughout the afternoon to a choice of beverages.
  • A wide variety of classic Spanish Tapas.
  • Stunning community paellas cooked by organizers, Austin chefs, and friends.
  • Treats and bites from our incredible Sponsors.
  • Live music, DJ, and Flamenco dancers to entertain throughout the day.

General Information

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Paella Lovers United annual Cookoff is a BYOB event.

All attendees are invited to watch the cook-off competition up close and are encouraged to wander among the live-fires and sizzling pans for three competing heats of paellas, either keeping flavors traditional or what we lightheartedly call ‘Keep Austin Weird.’ After judging of each of the heats, we open all of the cook-off paellas to the public for tasting. By nature of the size of the festival, not every attendee will have the opportunity to taste competition paellas, but watching the judging and waiting with much anticipation to try the results of the competition is a favorite draw for many.

Sorry, there are no refunds.