This Friday! August 5, 2011, 5 PM – 10 PM

at Clinch Park in Downtown Traverse City

Featuring 7 Old Mission Peninsula Wineries, 7 Chefs, 4 Bands (Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Hoots & Hellmouth, Grupo Aye, and Johnny Rodgers), professional swing and salsa dancers and dance floors, and a beautiful evening on the shores of West Grand Traverse Bay.

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Tickets are $46 at the door – while tickets remain (the additional $1 per ticket will benefit Traverse City’s Bay Front Parks) and include a commemorative wine glass, (5) 2 oz. wine pours, (3) 4 oz. servings of paella and all entertainment. Additional food and wine tickets will be available for purchase at the event.

2 Lads & Chez Peres
Black Star Farms & The Inn at Black Star Farms
Bowers Harbor Vineyards & Soul Hole
Brys Estate & The Bay Leaf
Chateau Chantal & Firefly
Chateau Grand Traverse & Siren Hall
Peninsula Cellars & Mission Table

5 PM – Doors open to the public
5 PM – Hoots & Hellmouth
6:30 PM – Grupo Aye
7:30 PM – Johnny Rodgers
8 PM – Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
10 PM – Drive, bike, boat, walk safely home!
(10 PM – After party at the Loading Dock with Hoots & Hellmouth!)

Information you should be aware of:
> Each cork gets you a helping of paella from the local chefs of your choice.
> Drink tickets are $2 each. There will be wines that are 1 ticket, 2 tickets, and possibly 3 tickets. Each winery will provide a 2 oz. pour of the wine you choose.
> Additional corks ($3 each) and drink tickets ($2 each) are available for purchase at the merchandise tent.
> FREE water, Northwoods refreshments, and Moomers ice cream are available at the merchandise tent.
> Please be conscious! Please reduce and reuse before you recycle.
> 21+ only. No exceptions, please.
> Re-entry allowed.

A mixed paella made for a recent family gathering

WHAT IS PAELLA (pronounced Pie-Eh-Ya)?
Paella is a Valencian rice dish that originated in its modern form in the mid-19th century near Lake Albufera, a lagoon in Valencia, on the east coast of Spain. Many non-Spaniards view paella as Spain’s national dish, but most Spaniards consider it to be a regional Valencian dish. Valencians, in turn, regard paella as one of their identifying symbols.

In case you’ve been to a Spanish eatery, paella may grab your attention with its flooding seafood garnishes and flavored rice. It is a dish that grown-ups and children appreciate due to the interesting mix of herbs and fixings. For individuals who need to chop down unsaturated fats, diet ought to be entirely pursued, find more about it here.

There are three widely known types of paella:
1. Valencian paella: white rice, green vegetables, meat (rabbit, chicken, duck), land snails, beans, and seasoning.
2. Seafood paella: white rice, seafood (mussels, squid, shrimp, octopus, fish, lobster, crab, etc.), and seasoning.
3. Mixed paella: a free-style combination of meat, seafood, vegetables, and sometimes beans.


Wineries, Chefs, and Sponsors

Wineries, Chefs, and Sponsors


Last August, we enjoyed perhaps the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula’s finest evening, as nearly 2,000 gathered for Blues Traveler live in concert, along with pairings of great local wines and paella.

Now prepare for Paella in the Park 2011, set for Friday, August 5.

Traverse City’s bayside Clinch Park grounds will transform into a swingin’ festival! This year’s lineup features: Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, the swing group known for “Zoot Suit Riot,” Groupo Ayé, a 10-piece Cuban salsa band, and Hoots And Hellmouth, a mix of rockabilly and funk.

This 21+ event (no exceptions, please) will again pair the seven wineries with local chefs. Guests will enjoy Spanish paellas from fresh ingredients cooked over an open fire, right on-site.

The Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula and Porterhouse Productions are teaming up to produce the annual summer culinary and music event. Last year’s inaugural festival, featuring Grammy-winning artists Blues Traveler, attracted a sold-out crowd of close to 2,000 attendees.

Paella in the Park, which will go from 5-10 p.m., will feature the seven wineries of Old Mission Peninsula paired with seven regional chefs who will prepare Spanish paellas on-site. Each winery will host a station featuring three 36” pans in which chefs will cook paella using featured wines from that vintner and fresh local ingredients.

The evening will be capped by a live performance by Cherry Poppin’ Daddies at sunset on the shores of beautiful West Bay. Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, renowned for their high-energy live shows, were the first band to ever have a neo-swing album crack the Top 40 on the Billboard 200.

Rolling Stone declared them the “leaders” of the swing revival, and the group has toured with everyone from Ozomatli to Reel Big Fish to The Mighty  Mighty Bosstones. A popular touring and festival act, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies have often averaged 300 shows a year, traveling internationally as headliners with major music festivals such as Warped Tour.

Popular Michigan-based Afro-Cuban band Grupo Aye and Philadelphia-based roots rockers Hoots & Hellmouth will perform as opening acts at the event. Grupo Aye specializes in a grooving, danceable sound that mixes salsa, Latin jazz, bachata and merengue influences. Hoots & Hellmouth has toured with such renowned musical acts as Langhorne Slim and Grace Potter, winning over audiences with their blistering foot-stompers and tight three-part harmonies.

Chefs representing various local restaurants will prepare their own unique takes on paella at the event. Paella, a rice-based dish that boasts hundreds of variations using different ingredients, is one of Spain’s most popular food entrees. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to converse with local chefs about the art of making paella, as well as enjoy food and wine at each station.

Tickets to Paella in the Park, which will be held in conjunction with Friday Night Live and Traverse City’s Annual Downtown Street Sale, will go on sale Friday, July 1 at Oryana and online at Tickets are $41 in advance or $46 at the door (the additional $1 per ticket will benefit Traverse City’s Bay Front Parks) and include a commemorative wine glass, (5) 2 oz. wine pours, (3) 4 oz. servings of paella and all entertainment. Additional food and wine tickets will be available for purchase at the event.

Attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance, as space is limited. This event is open to ages 21+, no exceptions. Festival proceeds will benefit local non-profits Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula and Bay Front Parks.

*Advance ticket price does not reflect outlet or online handling fees. We encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance. Even though we advertise a “Day Of” ticket price, there is always a chance it can sell out before hand.

Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Zoot Suit Riot

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Thank you so much for bringing such great music to my community. I have been able to expose my friends and family to music they wouldn’t have heard otherwise by picking up CDs at the shows I’ve seen. Good music helps us grow into better people. Thank you for making my life better.” — Amy