The 39th annual Texas Folklife Festival is just a few days away. The event will be June 11-13 at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Durango Blvd.
Bring an appetite, because the menu of dishes from around the world that have made it to Texas is bountiful. There will be a host of favorites, such as jerk chicken from Jamaica, gyros from St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, bratwurst and other meats on a stick from the Wurstfest Association, and empanadas from the Asociacion Amigos de Colombia. Filipino lumpia, Chinese egg rolls, Salvdoran pupusas, Wendish noodles and British meat pies will also be available.
For those with a sweet tooth, there will be Greek and Turkish baklava, frozen Snickers bars, fried Twinkies, peach and pecan cobbler, Hawaiian shave ice and Texas yam pie.
The weather is often warm during the festival, so it might also help to know what drinks will be sold. Tamarind tea, huisache tea, jamaica tea and a cactus drink called apakomisene will all be sold by the American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions. The Japanese American Society of San Antonio will offer mugicha (barley tea), and the Lebanese group from St. George Marionnite Church will offer mint tea. Bubble tea will be at the Lion Dance Association booth while the Turkish American Association will have Turkish coffee. Texas wines will be offered, and the UTSA Alumni Association will pour beers of Texas.
This is only a small taste of all that will be served.
Tickets cost $10 in advance or $15 at the gate for adults (12 and older), $5 for children ages 6-11, and $8 for groups of 20 adults or more. Tickets can be purchased online at www.texasfolklifefestival.org, where you can also take a look at the full menu.