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Paella Fest takes center stage at Florida Capitol

3:48 PM, Apr 3, 2013   |    comments
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam serves up paella at the Miami-Dade Days Paella Fest.
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Bills are flying at the state Capitol and lawmakers are grinding to keep up with the growing workload.

But virtually all work comes to a standstill, at least for lunch, when it's Miami-Dade Paella Day.

The famous Paella Fest took over the Capitol Courtyard on Wednesday. It's an annual tradition where you get a plate of paella served with a side of politics.

Gov. Rick Scott stopped by to serve up some paella to hungry lawmakers and their staffers.

So did Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. He said he really liked what he saw in the massive paella pan.

"Miami-Dade Paella Days are epic and when you look at the quantity of food, how good it is, all fresh from Florida, it showcases our ethnic diversity, the quality of our cuisine, who wouldn't want to come to Florida?"

The Paella Fest served several thousand plates before everyone was full and ready to go back to work.

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