Feasting and fleeing at the Running of the Bulls

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A giant paella under construction at a past Running of the Bulls.
  • IAN MCNULTY
  • A giant paella under construction at a past Running of the Bulls.

Food and festivities are inseparable in Spain, so it’s fitting that feasting is part of San Fermin in Nueva Orleans, the local tribute to the Running of the Bulls.

The local celebration begins on Thursday, July 11, with a Spanish wine dinner at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel. The four-course meal features traditional Spanish dishes paired with Rioja wines from Marques de Caceres Vineyard and live music. Dinner costs $98 and begins at 7 p.m. Click here for details and tickets.

Friday evening brings El Txupinazo, a pre-party at the Sugar Mill (1021 Convention Center Blvd.) planned with a happy hour vibe and festival format from 5-9 p.m. Admission is free and there will be a cash bar and Spanish-themed snacks and dishes available for purchase. Chefs Aaron Burgau of Patois, Brian Landry of Borgne, Tory McPhail of Commander's Palace and Stephen Stryjewski of Cochon will be serving dishes like manchego and serrano sandwiches, seared tuna with chorizo marmalade, shellfish paella and albondigas (meat balls), to name just a few. The party includes live music and performances and event proceeds benefit the nonprofits Animal Rescue New Orleans and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Louisiana.

Finally, after Saturday morning’s run, look for a collection of local food trucks selling dishes around the Sugar Mill, including Empanada Intifada, Peace Love and Snowballs, La Cocinita, Foodie Call, Food Drunk, Rue Chow, and Brigade Coffee. For registration, schedules and other details click here.

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