Zee Place To Be- Paella Festival 2021- a new (safer) way to fundraise!

Like all Rotary Clubs the world over, the Rotary Club of Zihuatanejo is known for their many fundraising projects designed to give back to their community. Some of these over the 30 years the local Club has been in existence, include delivering 700 food baskets for people in need, New Years dinner for different families in Zihuatanejo, and a program that helps children with medical necessities. In 2019 and 2020, the Club organized an international writing project for Zihuantanejo’s public schools and many other projects.

Perhaps one of the most successful fundraiser, (and the most fun) is the Paella festival. Now in its third year the event, organized once again by Claudia de Leon and nine other Rotarians who volunteer their time, is for the benefit of local hospital Doctor Bernardo Sepulveda Gutierrez. Last year the fundraiser was delegated to the pediatric wing. This year, and due to Covid, the Club in conjunction with the doctors, may direct money to other areas within Doctor Bernardo Sepulveda Gutierrez, as need dictates.

And while last year’s festival, held on the beach in front of the municipal museum, was a roaring success, it was apparent that with the advent of Covid 19, a whole new strategy would be necessary to keep everyone safe and follow health protocols. With that in mind, this year’s Paella Festival organized a little differently. 

Instead of large crowds, sampling numerous Paella’s from various restaurants, this year, your ticket will allow you to choose just one restaurant out of the ten participating. Each restaurant scattered throughout Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo will be allowed to host 15 participants in total, thereby ensuring everyone’s safety. 

Tickets at 250 pesos (alcohol and tip not included) are valid for one day only – Feb 6 – from 5 pm to 9 pm with three restaurants hosting lunchtime servings of Paella from 1 to 5. While restaurants are donating their Paella’s to this worthy organization, as well as a variety of community volunteers, de Leon says it is remarkable in these challenging times. 

Participating Restaurants are: 

In Ixtapa: Bistro Soleiado, (El Cielo and Kau Kan sold out)

In Zihuatanejo: El Mediterraneo, El Vigia, Carmalitas, Hotel Bella Vista, Angustina, Sotavento Beach Club by Bandidos, Garrobos, Chez Leo, Ristorante D’Maria

Barra de Postosi: Bella Vista Hotel

Last year tickets went fast so you might want to order yours early, especially if there is a particular restaurant you want to try. You can reserve your spot by contacting a member of the Rotary Club through their Facebook page.   https://www.facebook.com/113795077056530/ 

Published by Elisabeth Ashe

Just someone who loves to travel and learn about different cultures, people and of course, - try the food! A semi-professional phot-journalist one of my greatest things is capturing the essense of people and cultures through my photographs and writings..

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