The Texas Folklife Festival


This festival is held in San Antonio and it was on the weekend I was there in June. It starts early in the day, but we didn’t go until late afternoon. Even then it was hot, so dress lightly and if you decide to go early wear sunscreen.



Walking around you can see lots stalls specialising in foods and crafts from all over the world. It was like an international festival. There were also areas that had some great entertainment like traditional dance and music performances.


I had arrived hungry and there were so many choices I didn’t know what to have. Greek, Belgian, Argentinian, Pakistani, Chinese…. I didn’t want to jump the gun and miss out on something I would have liked more. After seeing people walking around everywhere, eating these giant turkey legs, I settled on that. Even with the help of 3 others it was too much. I definitely bit off more than I could chew, but it was surprisingly moist and very tasty.


We enjoyed some drinks, live music and I even got a lesson on how to lasso, from a cowboy! On our way out we came across two fantastic stalls. One was for wine, offering free wine tasting and some very reasonably priced, delicious wine. Did you know that Texas has its own wine country? I didn’t! The Texas Hill Country has wineries, vineyards, tours, tastings and lodgings. So you can go ahead and add that to your list.


The other was a stall for jalepeño & pequin jelly. Here you could also taste the flavours, which were in the categories hot (Diablo), mild and sweet. There was cilantro lemon, mint, rosemary, garlic, basil.. So many to choose from, with such fantastic flavour. You can put it on just about anything.


We all bought some and if I didn’t have more travelling to do on my trip I would have bought 5 jars instead of just two. Do yourself a favour- Orma’s Original Sweet N Spicy Texas Jalepeño & Pequin Jelly 1-210-784-9526! I don’t know this lady, though I did meet her at the stall and she was lovely. But seriously, you won’t regret it! I’m nearing the end of mine and I WISH I had more. If you’re buying some, feel free to send me one. Anything Diablo, please 🙂

~~~The Wandering Pier


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