Although an authentic Valencian paella is made with chicken and rabbit, did you know there's a traditional vegetable recipe too, which is 100% vegan?
Valencia is a true Mediterranean garden and a wealth of vegetables are grown in the region, meaning there are plenty of fresh vegetarian ingredients available to make a delicious paella de verduras.
Sometimes also called a arroz viudo — or "widowed rice" — the vegetarian dish is full of flavour and made in a similar way to its carnivorous relatives, but without any meat, seafood, dairy, eggs or animal-derived materials.
The main ingredient, rice, is of course completely plant-based, as is the olive oil, which is used to fry the ingredients before adding the rice and vegetable stock.
If you'd like to learn how to cook a delicious new vegan dish sign up for our our Market Visit and Paella Cooking Class and select the Vegetable Paella option.
First you'll experience the bustling local market and learn the secrets to the key ingredients that make up the traditional Valencian paellas (vegetarians are welcome to skip the meat-eaters' ingredients and focus only on the vegetables, herbs and spices).
A testimony to the importance of gastronomy in Valencia, you will easily lose yourself in the atmosphere, smells, colours and life of this vibrant market.
Next, it's all hands on deck as we head to the kitchen and start cooking! After a welcome drink, get down to business with your chef guiding you through the steps to prepare the perfect paella.
When you finish your rice masterpiece, the proof is in the tasting! Be your own judge as you sit down to enjoy your very own dish in a wonderful Spanish-style group meal with your fellow student cooks.
Note: others in your group may be cooking paellas with chicken, meat or seafood, but you will cook your own vegetable paella just for you.
Price: €65 per person
Time: 10am Mon-Sat.
Duration: Approx. 5 hours (market approx. 1 hour, cooking approx. 3 hours, eating approx. 1 hour).
Meeting Point: restaurant/school close to Central Market.
Languages: English, Spanish, Italian and French. Alternative languages available by request.
Suitable for: Everybody
What to bring: Comfortable clothes.
Includes: Market visit, cooking class with professional chef, cooking facilities and equipment, and all ingredients. Meal with drinks at the conclusion of your cooking class.
Not included: Transport to/from the meeting point.
E-ticket: Upon receipt of full payment, you will receive your E-ticket confirming the date, time and meeting place of your tour, along with any other necessary details.
Other information: We can also include transport to/from the meeting point for large groups at an additional cost, contact us for more information.