Taste of New Orleans - Fiesta San Antonio
A Taste of New Orleans has developed into one of Fiesta's most popular events, and it's a great place for the whole family, kids included, to hang out. Sample the great New Orleans-style food, taps your toes - or dance along with the "Second Line" - to music ranging from Dixieland to Salsa, from Big Band to modern. Feel free to bring blankets, strollers and umbrellas. Grounds include a children's play area.
2009 Dates: Friday, April 17 to Sunday, April 19
Time: Friday 4 p.m.-midnight; Saturday noon-midnight; Sunday noon-11 p.m.
Location: Sunken Garden Theater, Brackenridge Park
In brief: A big weekend Big Easy-style
Tickets: Children 10 and under get in free, but there's a double-digit admission charge for everyone else. Tickets available at the gate.
More Info: Visit the Taste of New Orleans Web site or call (210) 637-8328
Why is it called A Taste of New Orleans?
The New Orleans flavor of the event extends to all facets of this Opening Weekend celebration - some of the musicians, in fact, are brought in directly from the Crescent City to play at the event, and many of the Taste's musicians play jazz.
Though the event's much more family oriented than a night at the French Quarter, just the food alone provides the kind of indulgence associated with Mardi Gras.
What kind of food can I get there?
Here's the mouth-watering list provided by organizers from the San Antonio Zulu Association: gumbos, red beans and rice, shrimp Creole, etoufee, shrimp kabob, jambalaya, Cajun catfish, soft shell crab, crab au gratin, crab rolls, fresh crawfish boil, boudin, beignets and even more.
There's a conga line coming after me. What do I do?
It's not exactly a conga line. You're seeing the "Second Line," which forms spontaneously and winds through the park. You can either watch it from a safe distance, or, if the spirit moves you, you can join the line of bobbing, snaking dancers. The conga line, by the way, is a holdover from Semana, a former Fiesta event focused on live music.
Is this a family event?
It's billed as such. Children 12 and under get in for free, and once they're there, there's a play area where they can work up an appetite.
Where do I park?
Great question. Brackenridge Park has a limited number of spaces, and it's a hike from any of the side streets or nearby lots (including Alamo Stadium and Trinity University). If you don't mind adding some travel time to your day, or if you don't want to find a designated driver, consider VIA's Park and Ride Shuttles. Taste of New Orleans is one of six events served by the shuttle service; departure points and schedules are available on the VIA Web site as Fiesta nears.
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