An event in Valencia with paella competition and full of surprises

We love holding events in Valencia. Our city is increasingly valued for holding business meetings and there are many reasons why companies and tour operators from all over the world choose us.

In the realization of this event in Valencia we surprised the whole group with a paella competition that they did not expect. Everyone was involved to the maximum and the result was unbeatable.

After a hard working day, it’s time to… disconnect!

After a long working day we all need to disconnect and for that Valencia is a perfect city because it has a very wide range of leisure. The proximity of the sea, our cultural heritage (including three World Heritage Sites) or our gastronomy are some of our main attractive elements.

In this case our mission was that people had a good time and judging by the comments, laughter and photos we really got it.

The surprise factor was decisive. The 250 people in our group got on the buses without knowing where they were going or what was waiting for them. Uncertainty and doubt mixed with the desire to disconnect, enjoy and have a good time.

Lets start!

We started with a brief guided tour in Valencia. An activity that everyone liked because the historic centre of the city always surprises who visits us. Then a panoramic bus ride to see the City of Arts and Sciences. And we headed towards the main destination of this programme: a great paella competition in an exceptional place like the Huerto de Santa María.

The professionalism, kindness and attention that the group received during the activity and dinner in the halls of the Huerto de Santa María also contributed to the success of the event.

Bus to pick up the groups from the hotel in Valencia to the paella workshop at this event in Valencia.

Buses picking up the group at the hotel

Guides and buses go to the hotel where the group is staying to pick them up and start with the visit and activities.

Hotel where the group were staying in Valencia

With the hands in the cookie jar


The group arrived anxious to know what was prepared for them. Everyone was surprised when they come into the room and saw that what they were going to do was to cook. And not to cook any dish but the authentic Valencian paella with Denomination of Origin. With zero kilometre ingredients arranged next to each of the paellas and the advice of an expert chef they put began to cook. The objective of the 14 teams we divided them into for the paella competition was to get the best paella to be the winners, but above all, to relax after a hard day of meetings and enjoy.

During the cooking they were served lot of food and drink. There were 12 different appetizers and the pairing with Turia beer was the perfect complement.

Kitchen stalls where the different teams will be available to cook their paellas during the paella contest of this event in Valencia.

Kitchens for groups

Pairing with Turia beer during the cooking of the paella contest

Pairing with turia beer during the paella contest

Disconcert and assured laughter with our infiltrated chefs

In addition, the icing on the cake was put on by two professional actors such as Amparo Castillo and Carles Castillo, who, dressed in aprons which were expert chefs, were carrying out different actions full of humour between the groups that disconcerted and amused everyone, they were the infiltrated chefs!

Activity of chefs infiltrated during the cooking of paellas in the paellas contest

Chefs infiltrated during the paella contest

Infiltrated Chef joking and puzzling the groups during the paella contest of this event in Valencia.

Infiltrated chef in action during the cooking

Time to taste

After cooking, the paellas were presented so that the expert chefs could taste them and assess which was better. It was very close because it was valued, not only the flavor but other important aspects such as presentation, teamwork or cleanliness. Special mention was also made of the group that had cooked the vegetable paella, which, by the way, turned out very well.

It should be stressed that the participation of the whole group was exceptional. They worked as a team with determination and dedication.

Then, each one took a seat to taste the starters of the menu as well as the paella that they had cooked with so much enthusiasm, and to finish with dessert and coffee. A very lively atmosphere had been created and with great expectation about which would be the group and the winning paella.

Presentation, tasting and evaluation of the paellas cooked in this paella competition.

Evaluation of the paellas by the jury

The group of 260 people enjoying dinner after cooking the paellas of the paellas contest of this event in Valencia

Groups having dinner.

And the winner is…

At the end of the evening the jury, microphone in hand, gives the verdict and the reactions of the different teams are not long in coming. The winners get up from their chairs singing and cheering and the rest of the audience applauds them. Some diplomas attest that their paella has been the best of the night and with him and the satisfaction that it has been an unforgettable day, they go to rest at the hotel.

We hope that this experience in which they have put all theirr senses (sight, hearing, smell, touch and above all taste) will remain in their memories after their stay and event in Valencia.

The winners celebrate the victory with their winning paella the best of this paella contest during the event in Valencia.

Celebration of the winning team

Winning group of paellas contest celebrating the victory with enthusiasm

Diplomas for the winning team of the paella contest

Many more options for your event in Valencia

If you are still wondering what to see in Valencia or what to do in Valencia during your event or congress or just to motivate your team do not hesitate to contact us. Our wide range of activities and unique experiences in Valencia will allow you to choose the one that best suits the group. We will offer you a personalised and quality service to guarantee the best possible service.