San Antonio Charity Guide
A feast for the senses

San Antonio's premier food festival returns for another blowout party

San Antonio's premier food festival returns for another blowout party

Culinaria Food and Wine Festival wine glasses
The Culinaria festivities include bites from San Antonio's best chefs and, of course, wine. Photo courtesy of Culinaria

San Antonio's foodie extravaganza, the Culinaria Wine & Food Festival, returns for its 20th year with a "new-old" date: September 6-29. After years of being held in the spring, Culinaria returns to the fall with its mix of art, wine, food, and spirits.

Culinaria is a nonprofit group of foodies that hosts events promoting local food throughout the year, including San Antonio Restaurant Week. Whether it's running a 5K or an evening of fine dining, those who attend Culinaria events also support the city's hospitality and culinary students.

According to a release, the event will again be held at La Cantera's Resort & Spa. The festival hopes to host more than 10,000 people for a weekend of rest, relaxation, and good food.

Among the festival's signature events is the Best of Mexico on September 27, a sampling of art and tequila with a special appearance from Selena tribute act Bidi Bidi Banda. On June 28, guests will tee off during the Hole in Wine Golf Tournament before putting on masquerade masks at the Grand Tasting. Capping off the weekend is a beefy burger bar on September 29.

“There is something to be said about the fine art of Southern hospitality and really curating events that slow people down,”said Culinaria president and CEO Suzanne Taranto-Etheredge via release. “We’ve worked hard to remind festival-goers that there’s a lot of grace in pairing great food with great wine, great cocktails, and great spirits.”

She continued, “Life is about exploring. The experiential part of the Culinaria Festival is what makes it different. You come to learn more about how to discern the difference between great wines, to shake your own cocktail, and to do some proper tastings so you discover what you like, what feels comfortable, and what is surprising.”

Culinaria is keeping its lineup of chefs close to the vest for now, but assures CultureMap the details are forthcoming. Last year featured Shota Nakajima, Christopher Hoey, Robert Carr, Rudy Martinez, and Jason Dady.