How to do San Antonio's signature food and wine festival like a pro
San Antonio’s biggest food festival is saying “cheers to 20 years.” For its 20th anniversary edition, taking place September 26-29 at La Cantera Resort & Spa, Culinaria Wine + Food Festival promises a blowout party with a jam-packed schedule and a new twist on one of its most popular events.
Tickets are now on sale for marquee events, like the tequila-fueled Arte Agave on September 27 and the Grand Tasting on September 28, all of which benefit Culinaria's nonprofit work to promote San Antonio as a culinary destination through educational program and other initiatives.
First-timers and out-of-towners should not come unprepared. Here are tips to make the most of the one of Alamo City's biggest culinary events of the year.
While the chefs prepare for large crowds at each event, popular bites can be gobbled up quickly. Line up at the start time to make sure you get your fill of every bite from San Antonio’s premier restaurants.
Slow your roll
From the sparkling wines at Bubbles — Culinaria’s poolside opening night party — to Arte Agave, the wine and spirits will be flowing every night. Don’t let a hangover keep you from taking advantage of every moment. Drink lots of water, and savor the nuances of every glass. This is a marathon not a sprint.
Dress to impress
While some food festivals are an excuse to break out the flip-flops, most of the evening events at Culinaria are elegant affairs. Bring crisp button-ups, sports coats, and cocktail dresses. And don't forget your mask — after a 10-year absence, Culinaria is bringing back a masquerade component to the Grand Tasting. September 29’s casual backyard soiree, Burgers & Beers, is the exception to this rule, but no one ever turns their nose up at someone in seersucker.
In addition to the big events, Culinaria is filled with educational opportunities. By all means, visitors should make a quick trip to check out downtown San Antonio, but they should also make time for wine and cocktail classes, a chef roundtable discussion on media and food, and a seminar on Southern suppers.
The full schedule for Culinaria Wine + Food Festival, excluding sold-out events, is as follows:
- Bubbles — September 26, 7-10 pm, $75
- Arte Agave — September 27, 7-10 pm, $75
- Hole in Wine Golf Tournament — September 28, 7:30 am
- Cadillac Class Series — September 28, 11 am-3 pm, $25 each
- The Grand Tasting Masquerade — September 28, 7-10 pm, $100
- Burgers & Beer — September 29, 1-5 pm, $65
You can purchase tickets to individual events or splurge on select packages with access to multiple happenings.