But first, coffee
Buzzy San Antonio coffee festival brews up downtown fun this weekend
San Antonio coffee lovers, prepare to turbocharge the weekend. The San Antonio Coffee Festival is back on February 11 for its 10th anniversary at Travis Park downtown. Guests can enjoy demos, tastings, and a full slate of live music.
The perky annual festival is the creation of New Orleans native Linda Brewster, who brought her love of coffee to the Alamo City after relocating her family. Since then, coffee culture has blossomed in San Antonio, and the festival now showcases almost 30 San Antonio-area coffee companies.
The event's centerpiece is the Tasting Flight, a take on traditional "coffee cupping." The technique is usually employed by professional tasters who are charged with describing every nuance of a brew's tasting notes, from acidity to sweetness.
At Travis Park, guests can opt for a tasting of more than 80 locally roasted coffees. A complete list of roasters sourcing beans from across the globe can be found here.
In addition to getting the caffeine jitters, guests can participate in a full day of workshops. Highlights include a talk on coffee culinary creations, a seminar on using a moka pot, and a chat on buzzy cocktails.
Throughout the day, guests can also bop to a diverse array of live musical acts. The festival has booked BillRay Sheppard, Larry Natwick, BexarBrass, The Muñoz Brothers Band, Lakandon, Rat King Cole, and MC & The Mystyx Band this year.
Although VIP tickets have sold out, general admission between 10 am and 3 pm is free. Flights are available for purchase for $15-$30. Snacks are also available for purchase from local favorites Naco Mexican, Plantaqueria, Beignet Stand, La Panadería, and more.