Olive lovers, plan to spend a day in the garden this weekend for one of the city's most fun, educational — and delicious — events.
The third annual International Olive Festival of Texas, Olives Olé, is scheduled for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday in the San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston St.
Sample from the huge selection of olives from around the globe. Sponsored by the DeLallo Company, this olive "bar" is believed to be the largest in the region. Also, get tastes from an extensive array of olive oils from Italy, Spain, Greece, France, and other countries, and see how Texas olive oils hold their own with the best. Ottavio and H-E-B join forces to present this attraction.
You can learn how to grow olive trees successfully in a home garden, including pruning and planting techniques.
Bring the whole family and attend health and wellness seminars, including “Eat (More) Chocolate, Lose Weight (Anyway),” “Keeping a Mediterranean Pantry” and “Tempting Tiny Taste Buds.” Cooking demonstrations by Pat Mozersky and free health literature on the health benefits of extra-virgin olive oil will also be offered.
Children will love “Tasty Plates,” where they decorate decoupage/collage plates with herbs, beans and pasta; an "Herb Petting Zoo,” where they can explore and learn to identify a variety of distinctive herbs; and “Farm to Table Storytelling,” with a professional storyteller to recount children’s stories and their relation to nature, gardening, and cooking.
Gourmet concessions featuring healthful treats are available, with items such as Peach Wood-smoked Chicken Salad; Grilled Persian Spiced Lamb Chops; Italian Dried Cherry Farro Salad; Wild Mushroom, Texas Quail and Spanish Chorizo Paella; Grilled Vegetable Pita Sandwiches; Hummus Three Ways; artisan breads; Triple Chocolate Chipotle Brownies and olive oil cookies.
Olives Olé is a fundraising event presented by Les Dames d'Escoffier, San Antonio Chapter. Check out Olives Olé
on Facebook or go to olivesole.com
for additional information. Tickets are $15 at the door: children under 10 get in free.
Photography by Tracey Maurer for Les Dames d'Escoffier