Held in part with the James Beard Foundation, an inaugural food and wine festival in San Antonio will showcase a Texas-sized event with F&B all-stars from across the state and around the United States.
Taking place from October 27 through October 30, 2022, the “Tasting Texas Wine + Food Festival” will debut at various locations within San Antonio. It will also feature a roster of well-known and up-and-coming chefs and wineries, breweries and distilleries.
Along with the James Beard Foundation, the organizers of the “Tasting Texas Wine + Food Festival” are Visit San Antonio, the city’s tourism board, and Culinaria, a nonprofit also based in San Antonio.
Marc Anderson, president and CEO of Visit San Antonio, said that the tourism board and Culinaria have been jointly promoting San Antonio’s dining scene for two decades.
Also, Anderson explained that both organizations realized that they had “a shared vision” with the James Beard Foundation’s “make good food for good” initiative, which centers on how gastronomy can drive behavior, culture and policy change around food. The foundation also puts the spotlight on historically marginalized communities.
“In addition, restaurants in San Antonio, Texas and the United States also need avenues in which to promote their restaurants, chefs and drive new revenues coming out of this pandemic,” added Anderson. “We hope this festival will also enhance awareness of participating restaurants and chefs.”
Proceeds from the “Tasting Texas Wine + Food Festival” will go toward the James Beard Foundation’s scholarship programs.
“Additionally, we are thrilled to tap into the foundation’s community of food and beverage professionals in Texas and across the country to ensure an exciting and delicious festival experience,” said Kris Moon, the foundation’s president and chief operating officer.
Designated a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy in 2017, San Antonio is also the location of a satellite campus of the Culinary Institute of America, which opened there in 2008.
The city’s gastronomy has other noteworthy milestones, too. From the mid-19th to mid-20th century, women cooks known as the Chili Queens would prepare and sell Mexican American delicacies to military soldiers and cow handlers in San Antonio’s plazas. These female forebearers also helped to shape what would become Tex-Mex cuisine.
Overall, “Tasting Texas” will pay tribute to culinary traditions linked to the Lone Star State.
“We will have a wide variety of cuisines that can be found across Texas including our traditional barbecue and Tex-Mex while also highlighting the creative culinary talents both well-known and the hidden gems,” said Suzanne Taranto-Etheredge, CEO and president of culinary. “We’ll also highlight the cuisine that makes us a culinary gateway to so many other locales.”
As part of the event, a “big-as-Texas” Culinary Market with over 1,000 award-winning chefs will happen from October 28 through 30, 2022 at Travis Park. On October 29, 2022, a top shelf tequila tasting will occur on the banks of the San Antonio River Walk.
Ticket prices and a full event schedule will be released on Culinaria’s website. Initial culinary headliners include Rick Bayless and Alex Raij along with San Antonio’s Steve McHugh and Esaul Ramos. McHugh is the chef and owner of the restaurants, Cured and Landrace, and Ramos is the owner and pittmaster of 2M Smokehouse.