Paella Fest 2017

Saturday, July 29th
On the Outskirts of Beautiful Green Eugene 

It's time once again to celebrate the rice dish of Spain while helping to raise funds for Food for Lane County. Please join us for the 12th Annual Northwest Paella Fest!


As you all know, Paella Fest is a benefit for Food for Lane County. Last year Paella Fest raised $17,000 through donations at the gate and proceeds from the silent auction.* This March the NW Paella Fest was recognized along with five other businesses/associations that have contributed over $50,000 in funds or over 500,000 pounds of food to FFLC. The board of directors had very kind words and presented us with a thank you award and there is now a permanent banner hanging in the lobby of FFLC bearing the NW Paella Festival name. Huge thanks to all of you for turning your passion for paella into a contribution to our community. Give yourselves a pat on the back and get ready for this year's festivities!

*Silent Auction: We plan to hold the auction again this year so if you have an item you would like to donate or a service you could provide, please contact Sue, Char, or Cindy. Thank you!

Check back in a month or two for updated details.

Salud,  Don


The Concept
Each person or team who chooses to be a paella maker (paellaera?) brings everything they need to prepare their favorite rice dish of Spain out into the wide open spaces of nature. In addition each paellaera invites enough friends to eat the equivalent of their paella. The result should be a critical mass of fun and celebration with everyone sharing tasty bites of their creations. This invitation is open to all paellaeras who possess creativity, poise and dashing good looks, along with a passion for life and of course, a love of paella.

To sign up, see below.

Photos on Facebook
For photos of last year's Paella Fest and to get the latest breaking Paella Fest news, check out our Facebook page.
The Location
Eric and Mo have graciously provided their lovely wooded hilltop property, located just 20 minutes from downtown Eugene — and to be known for posterity as The Dukhobar Road Paella Proving Grounds — at 86840 Dukhobar Road, Eugene, OR 97403. (See below for directions)

The Timing
Arrival: Paellaeras may arrive and set up any time after 2:00 PM. You are encouraged to arrive a bit early and enjoy a beer by the river.
Cooking: You are the expert for your recipe. Begin when the time seems right.
Eating: Try to have your paella complete and ready to eat sometime between 6:00 and 7:00 PM.

Items Provided
  • Tables (each table can accommodate 2 to 3 paellaeras)
  • Water (although you may want to bring a receptacle to have water at your table)
  • Cups for beverages (feel free to bring your own special goblet)
  • Small plates and spoons for acquiring taste bud orgasms. (Eating out of the pan is the tradition for paella, however to minimize the risk of soccorat theft, we are resorting to plates.)
Bathrooms are provided.

Items Paelleras Should Bring
  • All ingredients
  • Paella Pan
  • Burner and gas, or receptacle and fuel for charcoal or wood heat (Smokey says, “no ground fires”)
  • Utensils
  • Dish towels and pot holders
  • Beverages other than beer (and ice if needed)
  • Chair
  • Containers for taking home leftovers (yeah, right!)
You may want to label items as things tend to migrate around in the feeding frenzy.

Items Guests Should Bring
  • Beverages other than beer (and ice if needed)
  • Chair
  • Generous donation for Food for Lane County (suggested $30 per person)
Sign Up
Paellaeras, reserve your spot at the table by signing up now! Email Don and let him know the type of paella (seafood, vegetarian, gastropod, etc.) you plan to create and, if possible, how many guests you intend to invite.

Take West 11th to Greenhill Road. Turn left on Greenhill. As you proceed, the name of the road mysteriously changes to Crow Road. In a mile or so there will be a Dukhobar Road sign on the right. DON’T TURN HERE! Continue straight for about half a mile until you see a Dukhobar Road sign on your left. Turn left here. Continue to the end of the pavement. (Click on the map below to enlarge)

The driveway is steep, so to drop off people or supplies, drive all the way up to the house, staying right at the Y, and then return to the parking areas. Parking is at the bottom of the hill on the side of the paved road, or up the drive staying left at the Y.

2016 Breaks the Record

Paella Fest Raises $17,000 
for Food For Lane County 

On the sunny banks of the McKenzie River, over 30 paellas bubbled and filled the air with aromas that piqued the senses. Combined with a variety of talented musicians, Northwest beer and wine, and an amazing crowd of paella lovers, the 2016 Paella Fest blew away last year's fund raising record by taking in over $17,000 for Food For Lane County. That converts to 52,000 meals for people in need here in Lane County.

Many people are responsible for making the event possible. The makers are the stars who donate their time, food and passion, the talented musicians entertain and dazzle, and the many people who generously donated their art, vacation rentals, goods and services to the Silent Auction (special thanks to Sue Dickman and Cindy Ray for running this).

A special shout out to Dwight Collins for his offer of Newman's seafood to makers and for keeping the beer cold; to Dave and Beck for sharing their amazing river; to the dozens of people who stayed overnight and helped clean and schlepp stuff up the hill the next morning. And a final thanks and acknowledgment to the countless number of people who worked hard in a variety of ways to make this event such a great success.

See you next year!


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Beer Sponsors
Deschutes Brewery
Oakshire Brewing
Ninkasi Brewing
Hop Valley Brewing

Wine Sponsors
Camp Creek Cellars
Benton Lane Vineyards
Sweet Cheeks Winery