Culinaria Festival
Wine + Food + Spirits + Beer = SA Proud
May 18-21, 2017
San Antonio, TX

It’s the place to see San Antonio’s best chefs all in one place and all you pay is the price of admission to rub elbows with some of the brightest stars in our city. Not to mention, taste, taste and taste some more of the culinary creations they’ve designed. Add to the flavors your choice of wine, beer or cocktail and the setting of the Texas Hill Country and your weekend is complete at this year’s Culinaria Festival.

Looking to lend a hand? Sign up to be a volunteer and enjoy a different side of Culinaria’s Festival!

Thursday, May 18
The Culinaria Dinner – From Campfires to Tablecloths
Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse
Price: $125 (General Admission)
7:00 PM


The Culinaria Festival 2017 starts off with a dinner celebrating another year of food enthusiasm. Texas beef takes center stage surrounded by the best of company in this family-style intimate dinner. The evening begins with a reception featuring the star of the show – beef. A seated dinner to follow with beef centered dishes in some imaginative ways. Chefs Luis Colon (Bexar Pub), Javier Davalos (Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse), James Moore (Grayze on Grayson), Brian West and Jeff White (Boiler House) share their talents for this one-night only dinner complete with wine from Becker Vineyards. The evening concludes with a special coffee presentation incorporating Licor 43 and Redemption Rye Whiskey.

Thursday, May 18
Underground Dinner at Primero Terrace
La Cantera Resort & Spa
Price: $125++ (Make reservations by calling (210) 558-6500)
7:00 PM

Five courses and five cocktails perfectly paired at this Taste of La Cantera dinner presented by Chefs Robert Carr and John Zaner. These global chefs are bringing their experiences to this one-night only dinner for a limited seating featuring flavor, flair and plenty of surprises.

Friday, May 19
Becker Luncheon (SOLD OUT!)
Becker Vineyards
Price: $75 (General Admission)
11:30 AM

Popular local chefs including Jeff Balfour (Southerleigh), John Brand (Hotel Emma) and Jeff White (Boiler House) and Nicole Patel (Delysia Chocolatier) will prepare top notch dishes paired with guest winemakers including wines from Bar Z Winery, Grape Creek, Lost Oak, Villa Pozzi, and, of course, Becker Vineyards. Come for the wine and food, enjoy an informative atmosphere and stay for the beauty of the vineyard.

Bubbles & Pearls
La Cantera Resort & Spa, Topaz
Price: $75 (General Admission) / $100 (At the Door) (Tickets are inclusive; unless otherwise noted)
7:00 PM


With all things that sparkle and shine, the glossy sheen of pearls gives a natural essence of elegance. The flavors of oysters, shrimps, and scallops will be enhanced by champagne making the stars of the gulf anything but over looked. It will be a fabulous evening poolside with exceptional drinks and tastes of the delicacies of the gulf.

Parking: Self-Parking will take place in the West Lot only.Valet parking will take place on west parking lot at a rate of $20 per car.

Saturday, May 20
Tex-Mex & Tequila
La Cantera Resort & Spa
Price: $35 (General Admission) / $50 (At the Door)  (Tickets are inclusive; unless otherwise noted)
11:00 AM


Often overlooked as the super-star that it is, yet, the center of many celebrations among family and friends and a comfort food for all, we’re giving Tex-Mex the stage that it deserves. When partnered with its good friend, Tequila, the show will go on and will certainly entertain plenty of taste buds. Learning a bit of history along the way of exactly how Tex-Mex came to be will have everyone singing its praises! Your one-ticket purchase not only includes entry into the Tex-Mex and Tequila event, but, also an array of wine, beverage and food seminars as well. Now, when we say seminars, we don’t mean the perfect time to take a nap… the Culinaria seminars are certainly informative, but, the way that we learn best is through tasting, and you can be sure that there will be plenty of that.

Parking: Parking is available at the North Parking Lot of The Shops at La Cantera with shuttle transportation to the event.

Seminar Lineup:

11:15 AMTexas Two-Sip – San Augustine (Wine Seminar)

Texas Two-Sip Tasting
Test your blind-tasting skills at the Texas Two-Sip Tasting where Texas wines will be blind tasted against their international counterparts and you get to assess the wines and take a guess on which wines are from Texas. Count on a lot of fun and a few surprises. Hosted by Texas Fine Wine.

11:30 AM43 Ways to Sunday – SweetFire Private Dining Room 1 (Mixology Seminar)

43 Ways to Sunday…
Join us on a spirited journey and taste the incredible versatility of Licor 43. Licor 43 is a golden, aromatic elixir produced and infused from Mediterranean fruits and herbs, that is inspired by an ancient 2000-year-old liquor known as Liqvor Mirabilis. When the Romans conquered Carthago Nova, they encountered the Liqvor Mirabilis – or marvelous liquid.

This seminar will incorporate the passionate flavors of Spain’s favorite liqueur and why adding it to anything from your coffee to your favorite dessert will awaken your palate…

(This Seminar will include Cocktails)

12:15 PMLike This? Try That! – San Gabriel (Wine Seminar)

Like This? Try That!
Some of the most popular wines in the world come from cooler climates, while Texas relies on many lesser-known, warm-climate Mediterranean grapes such as Viognier, Trebbiano, Tempranillo and Tannat. Texas Fine Wine will offer a guide to finding great Texas alternatives to popular and well-known wines. Hosted by Texas Fine Wine.

12:30 PM Embrace Redemption! – SweetFire Kitchen Private Dining Room 2 (Mixology Seminar)

This seminar will showcase highly rated American Whiskeys from The REDEMPTION Whiskey brand.

REDEMPTION Rye whiskey is a true American original from the award-winning Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits. It’s carefully hand-crafted in the river town of Lawrenceburg, Indiana at 168-year-old MGP Distillery – Whisky Advocate’s 2015 Distiller of the Year. It’s a taste of the bold, robust spirit cherished throughout America’s early history.

(This Seminar will include a Whiskey tasting and a Classic Cocktail)

1:30 PM Bring Your Cocktails Home! – Cityview Terrace (Mixology Seminar)

Mixology Seminar “Bring your Cocktails Home” New Orleans Style

This Mixology Seminar will Speak to those who love the city of New Orleans, from its rich “spirited” history to its progressive new craft drink revolution.

We will give tips on how to set up your home bar and teach you to make some cocktails when entertaining, “New Orleans” Style…

(This Seminar will include Cocktails)

Grand Tasting
La Cantera Resort & Spa
Price: $100 (General Admission) / $125 (At the Door)  (Tickets are inclusive; unless otherwise noted)
7:00 PM


It’s the mouthwatering, jaw dropping gourmet event of the week. The sights, sounds, and tastes of the Grand Tasting show it’s more than just in the name. Varieties of cuisines paired with equally varied beverage choices will enamor even the most veteran of food lovers. There is live entertainment, music, a silent auction, and all you can eat to make it the best Saturday night you’ve had since last year’s festival.

New this year – the VIP Chefs’ Tables – a limited-seating VIP Dining Experience within the Grand Tasting! ($150 per seat; includes entrance into the Grand Tasting) More details at

Parking: Self-Parking at The Shops at La Cantera (North Lot) only, and Valet parking on a first come first served basis for $20 per car. The Valet stand will be set up in the Grille Lot, as this is the closest spot to the Ballroom event. Once Valet is full, all parking will be Self and at The Shops at La Cantera (North Lot).

Sunday, May 21
Southern Sunday Brunch
La Cantera Resort & Spa – Primero Cantina
Price: $40 (beverages sold separately) (Make reservations by calling (210) 558-6500)
9:00 AM

To have a food festival is to embrace the art of the Sunday brunch. This one happens to be the perfect recovery from the Grand Tasting and an introduction to Burgers, BBQ and Beer. The chefs from La Cantera Resort & Spa share their sweet and savory creations station style. Boozy beverages are optional and are sold separately.

Burgers, BBQ & Beer
La Cantera Resort & Spa
Price: $35 (General Admission) / $50 (At the Door) (Tickets are inclusive; unless otherwise noted)
1:00 PM


Rarely has the statement, “I don’t like burgers,” been made in Texas. So, Burger & BBQ lovers you need to be here! Whether you are a traditionalist, love food adventure, or prefer the slower cooking of barbecue – Burgers, BBQ & Beer has something for your taste buds. Leave the fancy duds at home and prepare to dig in to some of the juiciest cuts of meat. It might seem as though you’re at a backyard barbecue, but, this is way more than your typical smoky affair with some of San Antonio’s best chefs manning the grills. It also includes additional perks such as plenty of ice cold beverages. Beer is in the event name after all. Wear your boots and cowboy hats, it’s a Texas extravaganza.

Parking: Parking is available at the North Parking Lot of The Shops at La Cantera with shuttle transportation to the event.

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