Tickets to the Paella Lovers United cook-off now on sale

More than 600 people attended the Paella Lovers United daylong cooking competition, which featured 25 teams making paellas over live fire. Extra points were awarded for song, dance and costume. Photos by Addie Broyles.

More than 600 people attended the Paella Lovers United daylong cooking competition, which featured 25 teams making paellas over live fire. Extra points were awarded for song, dance and costume. Photos by Addie Broyles.

Paellas from the 2013 Paella Lovers United cook-off, as captured via Instagram (with the Valencia filter, of course). Several of the paellas were served with lobster, including this one from team Los Berberechos. Photos by Addie Broyles/@broylesa.

Paellas from the 2013 Paella Lovers United cook-off, as captured via Instagram (with the Valencia filter, of course). Several of the paellas were served with lobster, including this one from team Los Berberechos. Photos by Addie Broyles/@broylesa.

The Paella Lovers United paella cook-off is the biggest paella cook-off around.

It’s at least the biggest in Texas, and you know how Texans like to do things big.

I went a few years ago and was amazed at the fervor of the contestants and the sheer scale of coordinating dozens of teams cooking huge pans of paella over live fire.

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This year’s event will take place Nov. 12 from noon until late at Camp Ben McCulloch 18301 FM 1826. (It didn’t end until past dark the year I judged.) This is a new venue for the event, which is now in its 14th year and has transitioned into a BYOB and overnight event if you want to camp.

General admission tickets ($57, or $53 early bird tickets through Sept. 5) are now on sale, and you can also sign up as a team to compete on the website, paellaloversunited.com.

The last day to buy tickets is Oct. 31, but the event usually sells out early.

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