Following are pictures from Saturday night (June 8) at the 2013 Texas Folklife Festival at the Institute of Texan Cultures in downtown San Antonio. There didn’t seem to be as many attendees or participants this year as in year’s past. Perhaps the heat or high school graduations kept people away. The lack of crowds made it easy to get a seat and enjoy music and dancing while sampling a variety of delicious food. I enjoyed food from the Vietnamese, Wendish, Pakistani and Japanese booths.
Ile Bahia De San antonio
The 40th Texas Folklife Festival took place June 10-12 at the Institute of Texan Cultures in HemisFair Park. Friday evening I attended with friends and then Saturday I went again with my sister and her husband who live in Austin.
Friday evening the festival was cool (by recent San Antonio standards) and breezy but the grounds did not feel very crowded. We enjoyed Ile Bahia de San Antonio’s show which seemed to combine martial arts and gymnastics. We also watched the St. George Lebanese Folk Dancers and Hula Halua Ohana Elikapeka perform to traditional music. I wanted to sample exotic food (for me anyway) and I especially enjoyed the Falafel sandwich from the Lebanese booth, the Pupusa from the Salvadorean organization, the Baklava fromt the Turkish tent and the plantains from the Nigerian booth.
- St. George Lebanese Folk Dancers
Saturday we attended at lunchtime with the temperatures rising. We found refuge from the heat inside the air-conditoned Institute where we enjoyed performances by the Ukranian and Lebanese folk dancers.
I was mainly interested in the booths and performances from different countries. However, the festival also included carnival rides and an NBA area with basketball games. Another fun aspect of the festival was the booths with free food and drink samples (and money-saving coupons!) including beans, yogurt and a locally made vodka.
Turkish American Association of San Antonio
- Belgian American Club of Texas