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Paella Challenge

When the quintessential dish of Spain and culinary all-stars from across the country and Mexico come together, you know it’s time for the return of the 14th Annual Pacifico Paella Challenge and 12th Annual H-E-B High School Challenge hosted by Chef Johnny Hernandez, benefitting Kitchen Campus.

This March 24th, join fellow epicureans for a beautiful afternoon featuring distinguished chefs from San Antonio, across the United States and Mexico, live entertainment, wines from Spain, and sangria on the grounds of Mission County Park from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Watch as chefs go head-to-head in a competition to create the most impressive and tasty paella dishes cooked right before your eyes. Local high school teams will also compete in the H-E-B High School Paella Challenge for an opportunity to win a trip to the Culinary Institute of America in New York City! All proceeds will benefit Kitchen Campus programming.



Sunday, March 24th, 2024

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM 


Mission County Park 

6030 Padre Drive

San Antonio, TX 78214

General Admission 21 and Older Ticket Information:

The ticket price is ALL-INCLUSIVE which includes:

  • Entry into the event

  • Sampling of over 40 amazing Paellas and other Chef prepared appetizers.

  • Beverages (Beer, Wine, Sangria, Sodas & Water)

  • Entertainment for the day

General Admission under 21 Ticket Information:

  • Entry into the event

  • Sampling of over 40 amazing Paellas and other Chef prepared appetizers

  • Beverages (Sodas & Water)

  • Entertainment for the day

Vip Ticket Experience (Herradura VIP Margarita & Paella Tent):

Interested in elevating your Paella Challenge Experience? Upgrade to a VIP ticket which includes access to the benefits below!

  • Access to Chef Johnny’s Exclusive Paella Station 

  • Sampling of over 40 amazing Paellas and other Chef prepared appetizers

  • Live Entertainment 

  • Exclusive beverages 

  • Access to La Gloria Specialty Margarita Bar 

  • Tented lounge area with private seating 

  • No-wait VIP entrance

This event does sell-out and when tickets are gone, they're gone! *** ID must be presented at check in for guest 21 and older ***

As this is a fundraiser for our culinary youth program, there are no refunds on ticket sales. ***Children 6 years of age and younger get free admission and do not require a ticket.***


We offer free on-site field parking that will be attended by a parking management company and patrolled by an off-duty officer the entire duration of the event. Free parking is also available at the Mission County Park II parking lot (7675 Padre Drive, San Antonio, TX, 78214) and the parking lot across the street from the event grounds at Mission Pkwy/VFW Blvd.



If you’re headed to the event going North on I-37 or I-35 towards SW or SE Military Drive then you will not encounter the road closures. However, if you are headed South towards Mission County Park, we recommend the following directions:


Get on I-37 S/US-281 S to S. New Braunfels Ave.

Take exit 138B from 1-37 S/US-281 S

Turn right on S. New Braunfels Ave.

Turn right on E. Southcross

Turn left at S. Presa St.

Turn right onto VFW Blvd.

Turn left onto Padre Dr.

Enter park entrance gate off of Padre Drive

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