Brunches, brewing, and bugs are taking over San Antonio this week. The city’s packed with an exciting mix of lively and “unique” food and drink events that are sure to tickle your taste buds. After all, what better way to kick back than cracking open a cold one and chowing down on some kickin’ cricket tiramasu?
Sunday, May 6
Brewstillery Brunch with Food Maniacs
Draft favorites, Bloody Marys, and beermosas make this event a can't-miss for all boozy brunch lovers. From noon-4 pm, Ranger Creek Brewing & Distillery is bringing in food truck favorite Food Maniacs for an epic brunch takeover with a menu of chicken and waffles, huevos rancheros, and a mouthwatering banana nut French toast. Attendance is free, and kids and pets are welcome, with supervision.
Monday, May 7
Swine & Sparkling Wine
Join Max’s Wine Dive for this exclusive dining event which pairs Texas raised Iberico pork with sparkling wines from the Catalonian region of Spain. For $75, guests can indulge in savory Spanish classics during a five-course tapas dinner curated by executive chef Cesar Hernandez. The event will also feature special guests Manuel Murga of Anornseeker’s Farms in Flatonia, Texas, and Josep Samso of Raventos Winery in Barcelona, Spain.
Wednesday, May 9
Splendor in the Garden: La Dolce Vita
Embrace “la dolce vita” (the sweet life), at this '60s-inspired Italian garden party, presented by the San Antonio Botanical Garden. The night begins with a sunset cocktail hour, where attendees can stroll through the new Family Adventure Garden and enjoy flowing prosecco and signature cocktails before moving onto the Conservatory and WaterSaver Garden for an Italian alfresco dinner under the stars. At the evening’s finale, guests can unwind with post-dinner drinks and a dolci (sweets) station. Admission to the cocktail and food stations in the WaterSaver Garden is $250, and limited seating in the Conservatory is $300.
Salud Culinary Night at the Witte Museum
This fascinating dinner spotlights a truly unique main dish – bugs! The unforgettable dining experience, hosted by the Witte Museum, features masterfully crafted dishes by experienced chefs who will prepare a four-course dinner using tasty crawling critters. Each course is paired with a complimenting craft brew from Karbach Brewing Company. Special guest Robert Nathan Allen, founder of Little Herds, will be in attendance to teach guests about the use of edible insects in kitchens around the world and how they can sustainably feed communities in the future.
Thursday, May 10
Zoo La-La (A Taste of San Antonio)
You can’t feed the animals but definitely feel free to feed yourself at this adult night out at the San Antonio Zoo. The annual fundraiser allows guests to stroll along the zoo’s pathways while enjoying live music, locally crafted beer and wine, and fierce foods from more than 50 of San Antonio’s premier restaurants. Festivities run from 7-10:30 pm, and standard admission tickets are $85, which can be purchased online or at the gate.
Friday, May 11
Welcome to Summer Beer Fest
More than a dozen breweries are coming together at The Corner pub to bring summer's best brews to San Antonio. A $10 cover will get you into this beer-tastic event, which opens at 6 pm. Stick around to hear a New Orleans funk band play from 8-11 pm.
Saturday, May 12
Lafitte's Reserve Beer Release & Masquerade Piano Party
Take a trip back to old New Orleans as Busted Sandal Brewing transforms its space into an 18th century masquerade ball. Emulating the era, the venue will be completely candlelit, and guests are encouraged to come in late-1700s era attire, pirate costumes, or masquerade wear. The old timey party is celebrating the debut of the brewery’s new Lafitte’s Reserve, a strong dark ale aged in rum-soaked oak with Madagascar vanilla beans. Tickets are $30, and includes three beers paired with cured meats and cheeses, as well as two drink tickets for a choice of wine or pint of beer. The evening will host two seatings, one from 7-9 pm and the other from 9-11 pm.