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    Spanish festival to feature 150-pound paella, daylong dominoes, talent show

    A 150-pound paella containing more than 40 pounds of shellfish and fish, 27 pounds of ham, chorizo and chicken, and 18 gallons of made-from-scratch seafood consommé will be a highlight of this year’s Spring Romeria, a free festival of Spanish food and music in Miami.
    The event, to be held Sunday, April 23 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at 1815 NW
    North River Drive in Miami, is hosted by Santa Marta de Ortigueira, an 88-
    year-old Miami social club dedicated to celebrating the cultures of Spain and
    Cooking of the paella begins at 8:30 a.m.
    The free-to-attend festival features a smorgasbord of succulent Spanish
    cuisine prepared with love on-site by locals who have perfected their dishes
    for decades. Dishes at the event include:
    • Tortilla Española (Thick omelet with potatoes and onions)
    • Caldo Gallego (A Galician stew of chorizo, collard greens and white beans)
    • Lacon con papas (Slow-cooked pork shoulder with potatoes)
    • Paella
    • Sardinas a la braza (Street-style fried sardines)
    • Pan con lechon (Roast pork and onions on Cuban bread)-Choripan (Spanish chorizo with fried onions on Cuban bread rolls)
    • Empanadas
    • Desserts, including: flan, natilla, arroz con leche, torrejas and filloas
    On the main stage of the club, a series of Cuban and Spanish-themed folk
    dancers, musicians and singers will entertain the crowd throughout the day.
    In a separate area of the hall, intense-yet-jovial dominoes players will be
    throwing down all day over cocktails.
    The Romeria is child-friendly and free to attend. Pets are not allowed. There
    is a charge per item for food and drinks at a cost below typical restaurant
    prices, making it an ideal venue to sample unfamiliar dishes.
    The Santa Marta de Ortigueira social club was founded in June of 1928 in
    Havana by expatriates of the Spanish region of Galicia. The club’s original
    purpose was to help recent arrivals acclimate to their new homes in Cuba.
    Following many members’ migration to South Florida after the Cuban
    Revolution, the club was re-established in Miami in July of 1972 with a
    similar purpose. The club has been holding its signature Romeria annually
    for at least 30 years in the Miami area and offers weekly dances, a full
    Spanish and Cuban menu and bar, dominoes games and other social
    events throughout the year.
    Event Summary
    EVENT DESCRIPTION: A free festival of Spanish food and cuisine,
    featuring a massive paella, folk dancers, a talent show and traditional
    dishes, including street-style Spanish food, desserts and more.
    WHERE: Santa Marta de Ortigueira, 1815 NW North River Drive, Miami, FL
    WHEN: Sunday, April 23, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
    COST:  Free
    PARKING: Free Street-Side
    EVENT CONTACT: Benita Lopez-Aguiar, 305-860-0864,
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