Texas Folklife Festival: A Taste of the World

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Texas Folklife Festival

43rd annual event offers a "Taste of the World"

 
SAN ANTONIO –On June 7 and 8, the Institute of Texan Cultures will gather more than 40 cultural groups from across Texas, represented by 250 organizations, to celebrate the 43rd annual Texas Folklife Festival.
 
The 2014 festival offers a "Taste of the World", emphasizing the diverse culinary offerings of 30 food booths serving 150 authentic items.
 
"Food plays a huge part in our Texan culture," said festival director Jo Ann Andera. "Our time in the kitchen, or over a barbecue grill, cooking with friends and family, creates those wonderful memories that we pass along to the next generation. Sharing authentic recipes and more with our visitors at the Texas Folklife Festival continues that tradition."
 
A variety of Festival offerings include longtime favorites such as Lebanese shish-kebab, Creole Boudin, Filipino Lumpia, Greek gyros, Belgian waffles and German wursts.
 
Entertainment at the festival includes six stages for music and dance performances. Longtime favorites such as the San Antonio Pipes & Drums, Zorya Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and St. George Maronite Lebanese Folk Dancers will be joined by new talents including Gazelle Turkish Dance of Houston, Sikh Dharamsal, and the local talent of the Olmos Basin Brass quintet.
 
Folklife serves another very important function: the preservation of skilled trades and Texas artisanship. The museum’s Back 40 is the showcase for basket weavers, potters, whittlers, blacksmiths, toy makers and tanners, all ready to share and teach their skills to anyone who wants to learn. This year, a number of artisans will demonstrate their skills in an informal stage setting at various scheduled times.
 
The Institute of Texan Cultures is located on the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd., a short distance from the Alamo and the River Walk. The Texas Folklife Festival is 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, June7; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, June 8. The museum encourages the public to use Via Park & Ride services. Round-trip fare is only $5 from the Crossroads and Randolph park-and-ride centers and offers convenient curbside drop-off and pick-up
 
Advance tickets are available online at TexasFolklifeFestival.org, at the Institute of Texan Cultures museum store and at local HEB stores and military bases. Adult tickets (ages 13+) are $10 in advance and $13 at the gate. Children’s tickets (ages 6-12) are $5 in advance or at the gate. Children five and under receive free admission.
 
The museum will close three days prior to the festival (June 4-6) to prepare, and one day following for take-down. Additional information is available at TexasFolklifeFestival.org or 210-458-2300.
 
 

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