The San Antonio Country Club has traditionally thrown a Fiesta party each April so its members and invited guests could watch the fireworks from neighboring Fort Sam Houston in style. This year, the club presented the fireworks show Sunday evening to a crowd of about 2,300 who ooh-ed and aah-ed over the display.
You could hear similarly joyous noises over chef Nelson Millan’s spread, which included a tacos al pastor station with pineapple pico de gallo as well as tables with gorditas you could top with beans or pork. The buffet, meanwhile, was laden with the likes of chicken fajitas, cilantro and lime rice, grilled corn on the cob, a three bean salad with jicama, calabacita, salads and more.
Open bars were set up around the grounds, while a wine booth attracted fans of everything from Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand to Silver Oak. We enjoyed a robust Hogue Genesis Cabernet Sauvignon during the meal and afterwards.
Plenty of Fiesta medal swapping and mingling among old friends occurred, but, let’s face it, people were there mainly for the fireworks, and the show did not disappoint. In fact, there were two false finales, lively bouquets of color and light set to music, that many in the crowd thought had signaled the end of the show. Yet as soon as the applause died down, another rocket would sear into the sky above and blossom into more wisps of night roses.
The exuberant show energized the crowd, who, when the display reached its real conclusion, left elated by what several called the best they had ever seen.
As they headed their separate ways into the crush of the traffic, you could hear a fair number calling out the greeting heard around town this time of year, “Viva Fiesta!”