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Spring Fun: Culinaria, Soul Food Festival, Crawfish and More!

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Bluebonnets early 2014Spring in Texas is like no other: The bluebonnets and other wildflowers paint the fields and we enjoy our outdoor barbecues and brisket without breaking a sweat. It’s the time of year before we Texans hibernate and run for the AC.

Fortunately, it turns out that spring is also the season for eating and drinking, plus picking peaches and enjoying the outdoors. Get out your calenders and save these dates.

Culinaria Festival Week

Culinaria Pork Boudain and pickled shrimpOne of our favorite festivals of the year is, Culinaria’s festival week. This popular favorite encompasses a week full of wine dinners, food truck parties, tastes from Mexico and of course two of our favorites, The Grand Tasting and Burgers BBQ and Beer.

Culinaria prides itself on an “Eat. Drink. Give.” philosophy and being the city’s only nonprofit food and drink collaborative — eating, drinking and giving is exactly what they do. Being at the helm of the Chefs 4 Chefs brunch, Restaurant Week, the 5k Wine and Beer run and coming May 14-18, Culinaria Festival Week, are the main yearly events. Proceeds of help support those in need, whether it be scholarship’s to the Culinary Institute of America or food and drink industry employees and families in need of medical assistance.

Get your tickets by clicking here http://culinariasa.org/san-antonio/festival-week/

Gospel and Soul Food Festival

The African American heritage of South Texas is rich and vibrant encompassing music, food, cultural celebration community, and family.  The La Villita Heritage Society held the first Soul Food Festival in 1999 and brought together all of these elements. Since then, the event has become an annual tradition.

Peach cobblerThe food part of this festival is all about foods we all love, from collards to cobbler. The Soul Food Festival will be at Maverick Plaza at La Villita, downtown, 6 p.m. – midnight May 16 and noon – midnight May 17.

More good eats, such as barbecue, fried fish, collard greens, and peach cobbler will be served by local food vendors throughout the festival — and everyone knows that “festival” doesn’t really happen in San Antonio without the “feast” to go with it.

The event is free to the public.  The public is encouraged to bring canned food items that will be donated to the  San Antonio Food Bank. Proceeds benefit the Eastside Boys and Girls Club. For more information, check out the details by clicking here.

Head to Fredericksburg, Hill Country for these!

Becker Vineyards Lavender Festival — It’s a beautiful time in the Hill Country and the Becker Lavender Festival is one of the prettiest places to have lunch and enjoy the many uses of this lovely herb — from culinary to craft, medicinal to decorative. See more on SavorSA at this link!

Crawfish Festival — On May 23-25 chef John Russ of Luke will be hosting a crawfish brunch. Menu items include: broiled crawfish salad, grillads and grits and Bananas Foster. Tickets are $55. For lots more information on this lively festival, find by  clicking here.

Looking ahead to peaches

Pick your own, shop roadside stands -- or attend the jamboree in Stonewall.

Pick your own, shop roadside stands — or attend the jamboree in Stonewall.

Remember peaches begin to come into season in May and there is nothing like a bite of Fredricksburg peach cobbler. Head up to the Hill Country to check out some of the peachy stands, orchards that allow you to pick peaches.

Stonewall Chamber of Commerce Hall, 250 Peach St., celebrates Texas Hill Country and its peaches June 20 and 21. with the Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo. Activities include a community parade the rodeo Friday night and dance Saturday night. Plus there will be great food, a baking contest and music.

Find more about the jamboree by clicking here.

 

 

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