Winter Park's mi Tomatina Paella Bar is named after the fun filled annual tomato festival held in the Valencia region of Spain.

La Tomatina festival is held in

Buñol, Spain on the last Wednesday in

August.

 

The event has become one of the highlights on Spain's summer festivals calendar with thousands of people flocking to this little Valencian town for this chaotic event.

 

The actual tomato fight lasts a little over an hour beginning at noon and continuing until shortly after 1PM.

 

  On special occasions, 18th century Valencians used paelleras to cook rice in the open air of their orchards near lake Albufera.

This dish became so popular that in 1840, a local Spanish newspaper first used the phrase paella to refer to the recipe rather than the pan.

Originally paella's recipes were relatively simple.  After the paella acquired some regional influences, recipes became more complex including a wide variety of seafood, meat, sausage, vegetables and many different seasonings.
  The interior décor for mi Tomatina Paella Bar was inspired by the spanish artist Joan Miró.

Joan Miro
  L'Oro dell' Azzurro

Born on April 20, 1893, Joan Miró created a type of art that was instantly recognizable due to the use of bold reds, blues, yellows, and simple shapes.