By Christina Acosta
The South Texas tradition of Fiesta 2018 arrived in San Antonio recently with fans on a mission to look for a chicken on a stick, a good parade and participating in Tricentennial events.
Taste of the Republic
Chef Brian West and 12 talented local chefs explored culinary expressions of the six regional flavors of Texas. Each taste was paired with appropriate wine and beer, maximizing the Fiesta VIP experience.
This culinary event carried its second year and was supported by the flavors of Tabasco, Dos Equis and Texas wines.
Fiesta Fiesta officially kicked off 11-days of food, fashion, music, entertainment and family-friendly fun, benefiting great nonprofit causes at Hemisfair Park. The opening event gathered the Alamo City together for one evening for revelers to experience the diversity and culture Fiesta embodies.
Cascarónes were broken and the crowd proclaims, “Viva Fiesta!” kicking off the Alamo City’s biggest, best festival.
- Cultural Showcase – Patrons took a trip around the world from Ireland to China, from India to Germany on the main stage.
- Live Music and Fireworks – The music highlighted San Antonio’s diversity, with high-energy sounds from a fantastic lineup of entertainment. As the event unfolded, the night culminated in a fireworks show presented by Macy’s from the Tower of the Americas.
- Pin Pandemonium: Fiesta’s Only Official Medal Marketplace – San Antonio locals and visitors collected and trade these prized medals for a good cause.
All proceeds benefited local nonprofits and other members of the Fiesta San Antonio. Fiesta Fiesta was the centralized place to collect official Fiesta Event medals.
- Miss Fiesta San Antonio Book Nook – Carla Juarez, Miss Fiesta San Antonio 2018, did a reading for children in both English and Spanish.
- Fiesta® Fiesta HeART in the Park – Children had the opportunity to celebrate the heart and soul of Fiesta with HeART in the Park. Nestled in Yanaguana Garden, guests wandered through the art as it was created while families played among the structures in the best playground in town.
Taste of New Orleans
The three-day fest was alive and kickin’ with the tastes and sounds of ‘Nawlins. Dishes including mouth-watering gumbo, craw fish, shrimp etouffee, red beans & rice, boudin were patrons’ favorites. The event gave a NOLA vibe that also featured amazing toe tappin’ music from Dixiel and to Smooth Jazz and Zydeco, straight from the Crescent City.
The second line parade hit the grounds with a brass band leading the way, while guests simply sat back, relaxed and enjoyed the entertainment while taking in the Big Easy experience.
The San Antonio Zulu Association/SAZA Commission Inc. hosted the event with proceeds reaching out to the community. It will provide youth with the opportunity to further their education through scholarships. The organization also provides numerous philanthropic outreach programs throughout the San Antonio community.
Taste of Alamo Heights
The 32nd Annual Alamo Heights Night activities highlighted food from some of San Antonio’s leading restaurants and caterers. Offerings included Texas style BBQ, chocolate dipped strawberries, fajitas, funnel cakes, burgers, gyros, corn, turkey legs, shaved ice, tamales and beverages.
This family-friendly atmosphere delivered live entertainment on multiple stages including Hotcakes, Suede (Austin), Finding Friday, a Mariachi Band. The night ended with a live firework show at 11 pm, giving people anticipation to enjoy Fiesta season
Since 2004, WEBB became an official Fiesta event that includes high-energy dance music, live entertainment, and exotic cuisine tasting. This event has transformed Fiesta into a colorful, eccentric and fun loving crowd.
Each year, WEBB attracts more than 1,500 guests and raised more than $100,000 for San Antonio AIDS Foundation’s client services, including free HIV testing, prevention education, clinical care, the hot meals program and more. Since 1986, the San Antonio AIDS Foundation is the oldest HIV/AIDS service organization in Bexar
County and South Texas, serving 12 counties.
Its mission is to prevent the spread of HIV and provide comprehensive series to individuals affected by HIV/AIDS.
King William Fair
The family fair offered art and craft vendors, live music, chicken on a stick, a Kids Kingdom play area and a small but quirky parade. The King William Association, established in 1967, celebrates the history and diversity of Texas’ first historic neighborhood.
Proceeds provide educational scholarships for inner-city students, art programs for elementary through high school and revitalization for historic preservation of the King William Neighborhood. It may be the only neighborhood association in the entire state with four historic districts within its boundaries, including the state’s oldest district created by city ordinance and three districts recognized by the National Register of Historic Places.