Annual Cook-off

Paella Lovers United began in 2003 as an intimate paella contest in a private backyard with just eight competing teams. Since that time, and with the help of scores of people, the event has grown exponentially to over 30 participating teams and a sell-out crowd of nearly one thousand guests each year, who travel from all over the world to attend.

In addition to featuring competition paellas cooked in the traditional method over open fires, the event includes regional vendors who provide exhibition paellas, tapas, beverages, and locally-made goods. The Paella Lovin’ community in Austin continues to expand and looks forward to paella season each year.

17th Annual Paella Lovers United Cookoff

On Saturday, November 9th, 2019 the Cookoff will bring together nearly 1000 attendees as they explore Spain’s culinary traditions and culture right in the heart of Texas. For third 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 still TBD.