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Here are the 6 best food and drink events in San Antonio this week

Here are the 6 best food and drink events in San Antonio this week

The Esquire Tavern Repeal Day couple cocktails
The Esquire Tavern is throwing one heck of a birthday bash. The Esquire Tavern/Facebook

Sugar, spice, and heaps of delicious bites – that’s the recipe for a perfect week of dining in San Antonio. Experience two culinary worlds colliding, celebrate the end of Prohibition, then eat your weight in desserts and tamales at two epic weekend food fests. 

Monday, December 3

Tricentennial Culinary Exchange at Tre Trattoria
Experience a once in a lifetime evening honoring two of America’s grandest culinary cities. In celebration of San Antonio and New Orleans coinciding tricentennials, three outstanding Big Easy chefs will share their hometown creations with San Antonio diners. Individual tickets are $175, and seating is at 6 pm.

Wednesday, December 5

Repeal Day Party at the Esquire Tavern
Party like it’s 1933 from 7 pm-midnight at this swanky soiree celebrating the 85th anniversary of both The Esquire and the end of Prohibition. Arrive in your snazziest getup and enjoy a night of revelry, live big band tunes, and a dazzling performance by Stars and Garters Burlesque. Meanwhile, savor chef Brooke Smith’s full menu of favorites from chicken chalupitas to grits and grilladas. Partygoers can then head to the tavern’s downstairs bar to sip Champagne and marvel at the astonishing premonitions of the mystical Brujo Jerry.

Thursday, December 6

Beers And Cookies Pairing at The Corner
This grown-up spin on classic milk and cookies pairs four yummy sweets with four tasty brews. Pairings include buñuelo and Vietnamese coffee porter, gingerbread cookie and gingerbread stout, bits o’ brickle cookie and English strong ale, and cinnamon apple cookie and spiced cider. The sweet evening begins at 6 pm.

Friday, December 7

Dulce! 2018 at San Antonio Botanical Garden
For one spectacular night, the San Antonio Botanical Garden will transform into a winter wonderland of decadent sweets, tempting spirits, and artisan shopping. From 7 pm-11 pm, explore Dulce!’s outdoor marketplace while indulging in boundless sugary delights and seasonal drinks including ciders, candy rimmed cocktails, and spiked cocoa. Tickets are $35 pre-sale and $40 at the door. All proceeds will benefit the botanical garden.

Saturday, December 8

SA,TX Coffee & Cordials Festival at Hemisfair
Sample all things coffee at this ultimate coffee lover’s festival hosted by Hemisfair. From 9 am-3 pm, taste coffee flights from 20-plus local roasters and shops, explore a unique interactive art wall, and enjoy fun holiday activities for the whole family. The VIP pass offers access to a special lounge where attendees can sample cordials from San Antonio's best mixologists. Snag $5-$45 tickets here.

La Gran Tamalada at Historic Market Square
It’s tamale time at Historic Market Square. At this super tasty celebration, gorge on dozens of tamales from local vendors and learn how to make tamales to take home for the holidays. For kids, there will be activities in Centro de Artes including storytelling, corn husk doll decorating, and a photo op with Pancho Claus provided by the San Antonio Public Library. The free festival rolls on from 11 am-7 pm.