Bubbles and brews
The May 17 return of the Culinaria Food and Wine Festival is the big food news in San Antonio, but if you didn’t score tickets, there’s still plenty of opportunities to feast. The menu this week includes everything from bubbly dinners to picnics in the park. On your marks, get set, eat!
Monday, May 14
Funday Monday with Golden Road
Extend your weekend fun at this cheery Southtown dive bar with a kick off event for American Craft Beer Week. Los Angeles’ Golden Road Brewing will be on hand to untap its Mango Cart wheat beer and Wolf Pup session IPA. And, as always, the kitchen will be serving up comfort food favorites like nachos, bacon wrapped bratwurst, and crazy good goat cheese dip.
Second Mondays at ¡Viva Vegeria!
Curious about a vegan lifestyle? Head to this funky Tex-Mex spot to enjoy complimentary chips and salsa and meet some new friends. Specialties like cauliflower mole poblano and creamy raw stuffed avocados will be available for purchase. Plus, the social is always BYOB.
Tuesday, May 15
Eat & Play in Travis Park
Take a break from the workday stress with a picnic at this beautiful downtown park. Favorite food trucks like Taste, Lady Picoza, and Drake’s Fun Foods will be dishing out lunch, which will be 20 percent off for all uniformed peace officers in honor of National Peace Officer Day. The family-friendly event will also offer live music from OMG Sounds and other activities that everyone can enjoy
Thursday, May 17
Brazos Valley Brewing Tap Takeover
Pizza and beer? Yes, please! Pizza Italia is giving up its taps to Brenham’s popular Brazos Valley Brewing Company for an evening of flights and bites. Reps from the company will be on hand to answer all your beer nerd questions and to give away souvenir glasses when you purchase a pint.
Friday, May 18
San Antonio Beer History
Hop to the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures to get schooled about the history of Texas brewing from the 1800s to today. The evening showing at the museum will feature a special exhibit guest curated by local beer journalist Travis E. Poling and free beer tastings for all who attend. Although the event is free with regular admission, it is only open to ages 21 and up.
Saturday, May 19
Brews and Blooms
There’s no better way to spend a spring evening than enjoying the San Antonio Botanical Garden in full flowering glory. It’s even better when you can enjoy the grounds while sipping on a craft beer. Some of the state’s best breweries will be on hand pouring samples while guests enjoy a DJ set from Two Ten Entertainment, live music by The Lost Project, lawn games by Rent Giant Games, and photo ops by Reel Photo Booth. The VIP ticket gets you additional sips and a catered spread. General admission is only $15. The premium package is $65 and includes early admission.
Clementine Cava Brunch with Mistinguett
This celebrated sparkling brand visits Castle Hills for a brunch that is sure to keep you in good spirits. Dine on four family-style courses including slow cooked duck legs, grilled baby artichokes, and ginger doughnut holes with lemon curd — all paired with four different pours of Cava. The $65 ticket is all inclusive.