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ThuMar 27

National Spanish Paella Day – March 27, 2025

Considered by many to be the national dish of Spain, paella originated, as many traditional dishes do, as “peasant” food — a lunchtime rice dish prepared by workers in the field over an open fire. National Spanish Paella Day, on March 27, celebrates a food filled with tradition. Always cooked in a round, flat bottomed pan with handles, the dish most likely takes its name from the Latin term “patella,” a flat plate on which offerings were made to the gods. The open flame is essential, as it creates the layer of toasted rice at the bottom of the pan that is essential and unique to paella. Delicious!

National Spanish Paella Day timeline

Mid-19th century
Paella Begins

Paella originates in Valencia, on the east coast of Spain.

First Mention

The term ‘paella’ is used for the first time in a newspaper article with reference to the food dish itself, and not the pan it is prepared in.

October 2, 2001
Mother of all Paellas

The official world record for the largest paella is set by chef Juan Galbis and 80 other chefs in Madrid, Spain, feeding 110,000 people.

The Paella Company

The Paella Company is founded and has been going strong ever since.

National Spanish Paella Day Activities

  1. Take a paella class

    Paella takes a little technique to get it right, so find a great paella class in your city and sign up. A couple of hours learning to cook a delicious rice dish, and probably an excuse to sip some sangria? What could be better?

  2. Have a paella party!

    Paella is best enjoyed with friends. In fact, it’s specifically meant to be shared! So invite a few of your BFFs (best foodie friends) over, make a pan of delicious paella and get ready for a wonderful evening.

  3. Find great paella in your city

    Good paella isn’t very difficult to make, but great paella is on another level and should be appreciated. Do your research and find the restaurant in your city with the reputation for the best paella and make a reservation.

Why We Love National Spanish Paella Day

  1. It’s something to share with friends

    Paella is a very social dish, traditionally brought straight to the table and eaten right out of the pan. It’s the perfect excuse to bring together a group of good friends to enjoy a meal together.

  2. It takes skill

    A specific cooking technique is used for a dish to be called “paella”. Besides using a short grain, pearl like rice, paella must be cooked in the traditional shallow, flat bottomed pan. The ingredients, once added, should not be disturbed, allowing the delicacy known as “socarrat," or crispy bottom rice layer, to form.

  3. It’s versatile

    Paella is all about the rice, so whatever else you choose to add is up to you. A traditional Valencian paella is made with chicken, rabbit and white beans, but there are seafood paellas or even vegetable paellas. The choice of ingredients is entirely your choice, so grab a paella pan and experiment!

National Spanish Paella Day dates

2025March 27Thursday
2026March 27Friday
2027March 27Saturday
2028March 27Monday
2029March 27Tuesday

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