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Tasting Texas Wine + Food Festival

Tasting Texas Wine + Food Festival

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Experience The Collective: A Modern Take on The Grand Tasting

An All-Inclusive Event
October 28-30, 2022

Welcome to The Collective: A Modern Take on The Grand Tasting at Travis Park! As the center of the Tasting Texas Wine + Food Festival, guests will be immersed in some of the biggest names in food and beverage as they snack, sip, learn, shop, dance, and lounge the day away in this market-style experience. The Collective takes place October 28-30, 2022.

As a ticket holder for The Collective, you will have full access to food and drinks from more than 50 chefs and brands, experience hands-on demos, dive into seminars, shop artisan stalls, relax in our pop-up bistro, frolic in our kids zone, dance in front of our live stage, recharge in our cooling/wellness zone, and lounge all in this historic park. 

Just the Collective Package is a ticket package that allows you access to all three days of The Collective. 

Tasting Texas Wine + Food Festival

October 27-30, 2022

Are you ready for an extraordinary culinary event unlike any other? Visit San Antonio and Culinaria have partnered with the world-renowned James Beard Foundation to bring the Tasting Texas, Wine + Food Festival to life at historic Travis Park in the heart of beautiful downtown San Antonio. Be a part of the first-ever statewide culinary festival to partner with the James Beard Foundation and attend this four-day culinary “festival with a purpose” showcasing distinguished top culinary leaders across the U.S. and Mexico, up-and-coming chefs from all across Texas and diverse culinary talent. Join us and experience vast culinary offerings in the Culinary Capital of Texas – San Antonio!

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October 28-30, 2022

Join us for a “big-as-Texas” Culinary Market featuring over 100 award-winning chefs. This event will take place at Historic Travis Park in the heart of downtown San Antonio daily from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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October 28-30, 2022

Enjoy a feast for the senses all weekend long! Friday through Sunday, experience the culinary offerings of some of the top chefs in the country and curated dining experiences with collaborations from visiting chefs in San Antonio’s top restaurants.

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October 29, 2022

Tasting Texas Wine + Food Festival welcomes you to a made-for-San Antonio top-shelf tequila degustation on the banks of the San Antonio River Walk.

Festival Event Highlights

Lunches and Dinners
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
Various Locations and Times

Get exclusive access to unique chef collaborations at dinner and lunch events held at varying locations across the city.

Seminars and Workshops
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
Various Locations and Times

With a theme to satisfy every interest, sign up for seminars and workshops across a range of topics, including hands-on, small-group activities – from crafting cocktails and smoking meat – to panel discussions on women in the beverage industry, and food and drink sampling. 

The Collective: A Modern Take on the Grand Tasting
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
12–6 p.m.
Travis Park

The festival’s flagship event at Travis Park features over 100 chefs and restaurants, hundreds of beverage brands, a Texas Wine Garden, live fire activations, cooking demonstrations, educational seminars, and a mercantile market.

Southern Hospitality
Friday, 7–9 p.m.

A mashup of food and beverage celebrating the “Y’all Means All” culture of Texas. From biscuits and gravy to hearty enchiladas and, of course, top-shelf cocktails, in a walk-around tasting event granting guests all-access to a front row seat of hospitality the Texas way.

Celebrate Agave
Saturday, 7–9 p.m.
Travis Park

Aged, sipped, neat, or mixed, this walk-around tasting event celebrates all things agave and the cuisines that embrace it.

Featured Chefs

Tasting Texas’ A-list roster of culinary headliners includes:

  • Michelin star-, Top Chef Master- and James Beard Awards-winning celebrity chef Rick Bayless (Chicago)
  • Four-time James Beard Award Nominee for Best Chef: Southwest and 2020 James Beard Finalist for Best Chef: Texas, Steve McHugh (San Antonio)
  • Texas Monthly’s 50 Best BBQ Joints Honoree and James Beard Award Semifinalist for Best Chef: Texas, Esaul Ramos Jr. (San Antonio)
  • James Beard Award Semifinalist for Best Chef: Texas, Emiliano Marentes (El Paso)
  • James Beard Awards Semifinalist for Best Chefs in America, and Nominee for Outstanding Restaurateur, Alex Raij (New York)
  • 2022 James Beard Award Semifinalist for Best Chef: Texas, Finn Walter (Lubbock)

Chef Bayliss
Chef Rick Bayless (Chicago)
Chef Emiliano Marentes (El Paso)
Chef Steve McHugh
Chef Steve McHugh (San Antonio)
Chef Alex Raij
Chef Alex Raij (New York)
Esaul Ramos
Chef Esaul Ramos Jr. (San Antonio)
Finn Walter
Chef Finn Walter (Lubbock);
Photo credit: Hayden Spears

A Culinary Festival with a Purpose

Realizing a shared vision with the James Beard Foundation to make good food for good™, and spotlight women and minority communities, a partnership between the Foundation, Visit San Antonio, and Culinaria was a natural progression. Proceeds from Tasting Texas will benefit the James Beard Foundation’s scholarship programs, which in turn, provide opportunities for minority culinary talent to develop their skills and experience. Further, by providing high-level exposure to chefs from Texas, the city of San Antonio, and others across the country, Tasting Texas aims to help the restaurant industry, locally and nationally, grow from the devastating financial effects of the pandemic.

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.”

James Beard

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About Visit San Antonio

Visit San Antonio’s vision is to elevate San Antonio as a must-experience destination where Texas culture and history begins. Visit San Antonio is bringing the world to San Antonio.

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About Culinaria

Culinaria is committed to promoting San Antonio as a premier food and wine destination while fostering community growth and enrichment within the city we call home.

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About the James Beard Foundation

The James Beard Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to celebrate, support, and elevate the people behind America’s food culture and champion a standard of good food anchored in talent, equity, and sustainability.

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