Bruce ‘the Boss’ Springsteen and the Soprano family put aside their axes and pocket their envelopes on Saturday 25th of October 2014, which was declared Paella Day; the day of the great Valencian invention.
Organized by Paella For the World in coordination with the New Jersey Restaurant Association, the New Jersey Paella Festival is the only event dedicated to promoting the Mediterranean diet products in the Garden State. This food festival also included a Paella competition (Paella cook- off). The venue was the prestigious Culinary Arts Institute (CAI) of Hudson County Community College in Jersey City, New Jersey.
New Jersey Paella Festival was covered by numerous media outlets in the United States, including The Star Ledger newspaper, Inside Jersey magazine, NJTV, Univision 41, Telemundo 47, NY 1 Noticias, El Diario, La Voz, and online magazines and websites from Miami, New Jersey, New York, Spain, Chile, Uruguay, Venezuela and other countries.
The event featured workshops where famous chefs from Spain taught how to prepare authentic Paella Valenciana; presentations by participating companies; displays of clothing and accessories for food-industry workers; wine tastings; and samplings of olive oil and other products related to Paella and the Mediterranean diet.
Paella for the World is a private non-profit institution whose main objective is to organize activities and events in the United States to disseminate the authentic Spanish American culinary traditions. Paella for the World also plans to provide scholarships.