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Here are the 8 best food and drink events in San Antonio this week

Here are the 8 best food and drink events in San Antonio this week

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The Hoppy Monk is teaming up with Big Bend Brewing and the Texas Conversation Alliance this week. The Hoppy Monk - San Antonio/Facebook

This week’s food and drink roundup kicks right off with spectacular 4th of July events featuring all-day brews, live music, and patriotism-packed activities and games. Heading into the weekend, sip and savor at unique festivities blending art, culture, and cuisine. 

Wednesday, July 4 

Drink the Flag at the Rustic
Show your patriotism as you drink for a good cause during the Rustic’s signature 4th of July celebration. Party on with live music provided by Steve Helms Band and a selection of signature brews from the Rustic's iconic “beer flag." All proceeds benefit the Pat Tillman Foundation, an organization providing military veterans and their spouses with academic and professional development opportunities. This event is open to the public and begins at 12:30 pm. Also, all U.S. military guests will receive a free Rustic burger. 

Fourth of July at Pearl with Sound Cream  
Start your holiday with a bidi-bidi bang at this Selena-inspired party and holiday celebration. Beginning at 5:30 pm, the Pearl Park, as part of their summer Sound Cream Sunset Sessions series, will transform into an epic dance party with DJ Manolo Black. The Bottling Department rolling out drink specials all night, and there will be plenty of food trucks serving all-American dishes from barbecue to sliders.

Thursday, July 5

Conversation Day at The Hoppy Monk
The Hoppy Monk is teaming up with Big Bend Brewing and the Texas Conversation Alliance to bring patrons award-winning brews and know-how on how to protect the planet. While Big Bend rolls out its lineup of beers on tap, TCA will share ways the average person can help safeguard our state’s natural resources. The event begins at 6 pm, and is open to the public.

Friday, July 5

Freedom Fest at Historic Market Square
Historic Market Square is providing a week-long festival in honor of Independence Day with live entertainment, food trucks, and activities for the whole family. Beginning at noon, attendees can enjoy all-day activities and live music until 8 pm, followed by a special program in partnership with Milam Park. The festival is free and open to the public, and ends on July 8.

Summer Lobster Celebration at The Palm
The Palms annual summer tradition is back and giving patrons the chance to experience a crackin’ lobster dinner for $59 per person and $99 for two. Until the end of this month, dinners can crack and savor the delicious pre-selected menu, including a top-quality Nova Scotia Lobster (up to 4 pounds for two dinners). 

Saturday, July 7

Ole, San Antonio Sherry Tasting at The Culinary Institute of America  
Explore the many unique tastes of sherry, one of the most notable exports from Spain’s Andalucia province, at this exciting tasting event. In partnership with the Pearl as part of their ongoing Ole series, guests can enjoy Andalusian sherry tastings, as well as learn about its significance in Spanish history and culinary traditions. The event starts at 11 am, and tickets are $25. 

Freetail First Saturday
An afternoon pop-up market, live music, and comedy performances make First Saturdays at Freetail the perfect place to spend a relaxing evening. Starting at 4 pm, the brewhouse will transform into an impromptu pop-up market with food trucks and a variety of vendors selling art, jewelry, clothing, and other wares. The brewery’s Craft Comedy Night begins at 8 pm, showcasing local and other comedians. Admission is free and keep updated on vendors and comedians in attendance here.    

Sunday, July 8

Flamenco Tablao at The Pearl
Inspired by the ostentatious flamenco “tablaos” of Madrid, the Pearl Stable presents a night of impassioned flamenco performances and delectable fare. Renowned Spanish dancer and co-founder of Nueva Ballet Español, Carlos Rodriguez, will perform Spanish dance styles from Fandangos to Rumbas accompanied by original flamenco music. Adding flavor to the Spanish flair, chef Johnny Hernandez will cook up a unique Spanish-inspired dinner served family-style with full bar service including Spanish wines and sangria.  Doors open at 6 pm, and the performance and dinner begin at 6:30. Tickets for limited seating are $150, and can be purchased here.