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Lavender Fest at Becker Vineyards May 15-16

Lavender Fest at Becker Vineyards May 15-16

Becker Vineyards hosts its annual Lavender Festival

Join Becker Vineyards for the 12th Annual Lavender Festival the weekend of May 15-16.

Come to the vineyards to see rows and rows of blooming lavender planted on three acres at this festival, which brings a little bit of French Provence to the Texas Hill Country.  The event will offer speakers and vendors promoting lavender education as well as herb-related products. Attendees also can enjoy gardening tips, cooking demonstrations, wine tasting, and luncheons.


Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, Noon – 5 p.m.

Admission:  Free

Parking:  $5.00

Go to Becker Vineyards for more information and directions to the vineyard.

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SA Botanical Garden’s Farmers Market: Try for Next Week

SA Botanical Garden’s Farmers Market: Try for Next Week

In this photo from summer, 2009, vendors setup for the farmers market at the San Antonio Botanical Garden.

The San Antonio Botanical Garden Farmers Market was scheduled to start today, but, according to personnel at the garden, none of the sellers showed up.

The market is scheduled for next Thursday, May 16, as well.  SavorSA will follow up to see if it gets off to a better start, since so many are looking forward to it. Also, you might call the Botanical Garden before going over, the spokesperson said.

Hours are 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays.  Vendors from Bexar and surrounding counties will offer seasonal fruits and vegetables, from berries to zucchini.

In addition, a group of volunteers from the Botanical Society Plant Team will be selling “Texas friendly” plants, including fragrant herbs. They will also answer questions about where in your garden they will prosper and how to to help them thrive.

The farmers market will be open through Dec. 9, but the plant sale will take a break in August, sparing the workers and tender plants from the excessive heat.  Plant sales will continue until October.

San Antonio Botanical Garden
555 Funston Place
San Antonio, TX, 78209

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Texas Pride Barbecue: Celebrates 15 Years, Lots of Barbecue

Texas Pride Barbecue: Celebrates 15 Years, Lots of Barbecue

Brisket, sausage, beans and potatoes were the fare at Wednesday night's birthday bash at Texas Pride Barbecue.

A sprawling country location east of San Antonio on Loop 1604, good food and a reputation as a great place to bring out-of-town guests has built Texas Pride Barbecue’s reputation over the past 15 years.

At a private party Wednesday night, owners Tony Talanco Jr., and his wife, Joni, hosted local reporters, public relations personnel, and other guests to celebrate the birthday, serving barbecued brisket, sausage, beans and cheesy potatoes, with peach cobbler for dessert.

The building, out in the middle of a wide, open space, near the town of St. Hedwig, started out as a replica of a 1950s  Sinclair filling station. “I thought I’d open a place on a highway in the middle of nowhere, where there were no other restaurants … so that when people are driving by they can’t miss it,” Tony Talanco says. Since then, he’s added on a large stage, open air pavilions and other buildings for food and drink to serve the crowds. Texas memorabilia, antiques and a 1925 Model T Truck are part of the attractions.

It’s not all barbecue: Crowds topping more than 400 show up for his Friday Night Fish Fry, during the warm seasons.  Another attraction is Bike Night Thursdays, which  pulls in up to 500 motorcyclists and more who come out to see the show and eat.

Ushering guests in and out of the party Wednesday were parking attendants on horseback — something very few barbecue restaurants, even in Texas, offer customers.

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Photos by Nicolas Mistry

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