There's a lot of newness surrounding this year's Culinaria Festival Week. Apologies in advance if you were a huge fan of the food truck event or Best of Mexico — those events are long gone. Though details are still being finalized for some of the events, the organization has released this year's lineup. The fun starts May 19 with "Underground Kitchen" which will take place across several venues in town and feature chefs, winemakers and mixologists in more casual and intimate settings. "Back to Bubbles" will return on May 20 at La Cantera Resort giving goers a chance to party while looking fabulous. Best of Mexico essentially transitions into "Tacos and Talk (and Tasting)" on Saturday, May 21. The event will feature the best of SA's tacos, spirit tastings, cooking demos and fun seminars. The "Grand Tasting" has made the cut, but will be moving to La Cantera Resort on May 22 with dancing, music and plenty of bites during this signature Culinaria event. Sunday's events include a still fuzzy "All About Brunch" event and the return of "Burgers, BBQ & Beer," though a location has not been released as of press time. Visit culinariasa.org for more details.
Siege Week, Alamo Beer's celebration to its namesake is in full swing. From now through March 6, the brewery will host city-wide pint nights, multicourse dinners and happy hours with stops at Lüke San Antonio, The Cover, Tycoon Flats, Shuck Shack (where you can fill up on crawfish), The Block, Tucker's Kozy Korner, Flying Saucer, The Brass Tap, Hills & Dales and more. The 13-day tour ends with a food truck throwdown on Saturday, March 5, from noon to 3 p.m. and a One-Year Anniversary Party with Two Tons of Steel on Sunday, March 6, from noon to 9 p.m. (the band hits the stage at 5 p.m.). Visit alamobeer.com for more details.
The San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk (889 E. Market St.) will host Sierra Vieja Tequila for a four-course pairing event. Imported from Magdalena, Jalisco in Mexico, Sierra Vieja uses the purest 100 percent Weber blue agave plants to create a trio of tequilas that'll be used for creating a blanco shooter with smoked brisket sope, spiked lavender lemonade with salmon cascabel, Chef James Klaus tequila ice cream and Sierra Vieja Old Fashioned with chocolate. Tickets, $40, are available at eventbrite.com; email Sara Montman at firstname.lastname@example.org.