Chalupas. Roasted corn. Funnel cakes. Tummy aches.
It’s not hard to find phenomenal food during Fiesta. However, if you're looking for a little more than the classic Fiesta food, here are the Top 5 events you may want to check out. Just be sure to attend on an empty stomach. Click here to view the slideshow.
A Night in Old San Antonio
5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
NIOSA tops the list because it offers a tasty history lesson on the Alamo City. La Villita village is broken into 15 different sections, with each section representing a different culture that makes San Antonio so diverse. Visitors will be enticed to try a little bit of everything, so come hungry. Really hungry. Start at Frontier Town with a cowboy klopse (a deep-fried meatball in jalapeno batter) and wash it down with an Irish creme in the Irish Flat. Then swing over to the Froggy Bottom for some fried Okra, hit up China Town for some chicken lettuce wraps and then grab a hold of some anticuchos (marinated steak shish kabobs) at the Mexican Market. Go to the NIOSA website for a complete list of food and other entertainment.
April 20, 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Being held inside the beautiful Lambermont Estate, the WEBB Party features fine food from some of San Antonio’s top restaurants and celebrated chefs, including Tost Bistro & Bar, Urban Taco, Rosario's, Picante Grill, Candlelight Coffeehouse & Wine Bar, Giovanni’s Pizzeria, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Ocho, Anne Marie’s Carriage House Bistro, Whole Foods, Amy’s Ice Cream and cake by Whip Stitch Custom Cakes and Sugar Rush Catering. Tickets are $75 in advance, $90 at the door. If that seem a little steep, just keep in mind that all proceeds go to the San Antonio AIDS Foundation. They expect to raise nearly $100,000 at this year’s event. Don’t forget to wear your Fiesta Glam.
April 25, 5:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
A Taste of the North Side is a modest name for a Fiesta party that features over 50 local restaurants and vendors. Chances are you’ll have more than just a taste. Some of San Antonio’s most popular restaurants -- Two Bros. BBQ Market, Bistro Six, Rumi Lounge, El Papalote, Tap Exchange, Z Tejas, Kirby's Steakhouse, Scuzzi's Italian Grill and many, many more -- will be offering food tastings throughout the evening at The Club at Sonterra. A variety of beer and wine tastings will also be available. Tickets to the Brighton Center's A Taste of the North Side are $50 in advance, $55 at the door.
King William Fair
April 28, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The King William Fair parade may be best watched while holding a foot-long corn dog or any other mouthwatering morsels as unique in flavor as the historic neighborhood itself. Explore the arts and craft vendors with your eyes and let your nose find the bacon-wrapped hot dogs, finger-licking barbecue, fish tacos, a brigade of San Antonio’s finest food trucks, great gorditas and other flavorful Fiesta fare.
April 20, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
April 21, 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.
April 22, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Head out to Taste of New Orleans at Brackenridge Park for some excellent Cajun and Creole cookin’. Turn up the heat with some spicy gumbo, crayfish, etouffes, red beans and rice, boudin, andouille sausage and Cajun fried fish. Oh yeah, can’t forget the alligator tails.