When events are big, they plan them early. A Night in Old San Antonio® is a four-night festival in the heart of downtown San Antonio that celebrates the city’s diverse cultural legacy for more than 80,000 revelers annually. Through the magic of 250-plus food, drink and atmosphere booths; more than 20 live musical acts; children’s games; decorations; souvenirs and costumed volunteers, NIOSA brings the city’s heritage alive in 15 distinct areas:
Sponsored by and benefiting the San Antonio Conservation Society, the 64th presentation of NIOSA will be held Tuesday through Friday evenings, April 24-27, 2012 during the city’s 11-day Fiesta San Antonio® celebration.
What makes NIOSA unique over the zillion run-of-the-mill festivals around the world?
- All food items are created, perfected, and prepared by NIOSA second and third generation volunteers on-site and truly reflect the areas where they can be found. In fact, sometimes the only place they can be enjoyed is at NIOSA.
- On the average, NIOSA revelers annually consume over 31,000 lbs. of beef; 14,750 lbs. of chicken; 4,500 lbs. of sausage; 3,000 turkey legs; 56,500 buns, rolls and bolillos; 36,645 flour tortillas; 11,000 tamales; 29,120 lbs. of fruits and vegetables; and 4,000 lbs. of guacamole.
Here are at least 58 foods you’ll find:
Aguacates (fresh avocado halves filled with sour cream and spicy sauce)
Anticuchos, marinated steak shish-k-bob;
Armadillo Eggs (jalapeños stuffed with cheddar cheese and baked in a biscuit-batter coating
Black Forest Cake
Buñuelos (crisp fried Mexican pastry discs dusted with cinnamon and sugar)
Chili with homemade tamales
Cowboy Klopse (a deep-fried meatball in jalapeño batter)
Cowboy Paradise (calf fries)
Daiquiris de Fresas
Elotes (corn on the cob)
Fajitas de Pollo
Fried Green Tomatoes
Maria’s Tortillas (a hand-patted, grilled corn tortilla, buttered and filled with cheddar cheese and salsa)
Matinee Chips, (fried jalapenos)
Miss Kitty’s Kernels
Pigs in a Blanket
Poblano en Salsa
Prairie Chicken (skinless chicken sautéed with onion and bell pepper and served in a flour tortilla),
Quesadilla de Camerones
Sangria and Shrimp Parilla
Sausage on a Stick
Taco de Barbacoa
Taco de Espada (beef brisket taco)
Tapas Bandas (flour tortillas filled with chicken, Monterrey jack cheese, olives, red peppers and guacamole, and grilled until toasted.
Churros de Cajet,
Texas Bird Leg
Torta de Puerc
Yo Soy Taco
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