5:30pm - 10:30pm
Gates close each night at 10:00pm
Entertainment is the focal point of the Arneson River Theatre. Sweet tooths congregate
for Banana Smoothies-a drink of crushed ice and pureed banana and strawberries,
Matinee Chips (fried jalapeños), Brownie Bites, Kettle Korn and Broadway Chicken.
The oriental mystique begins with traditional Chinese cuisine. There is Mandarin
Mimosa, Lemon Chicken, Wontons and Egg Rolls. Vegetable Tempura
and Fortune Cookies are also in great demand among the red-lacquered facades. Visitors
also enjoy Yak-i-Tori (grilled chicken shish-k-bob).
Family fun is a favorite at Clown Alley. Games like Bowling on the Green,
Softball Pitch, Fiesta Feat Ball, Lollipop Loop, Hoopla, Wiffle Waffle, Loop-the-Hoop,
Putting Around and Add Up Darts will occupy young and old alike. Clown Face Painting
creates a festive mood and visitors can sing along in the Karaoke booth.
Hamburgers/Cheeseburgers, Frito Pie, Corn Dogs, Curly Q Fries, Sno-Cones, Cotton
Candy, Kiddies’ Kernals, Black Cow (Root Beer Floats) and Dutch Chocolate Freeze contributes to the atmosphere.
French Quarter celebrates the tastes of France and New Orleans where Escargot, Crayfish
Etouffee, Crepes Suzette, Beignets, Café au Lait, Peach Melba, French Sausage
and Shrimp Po’Boys are served by costumed Mesdames and messieurs.
This area pays tribute to the cultural contributions of African-Americans and is
influenced by their Southern hospitality, home cooking and roots in rhythm and blues
Bongo-k-Bobs (beef shish-k-bobs named after Bongo Joe, a local musical legend) and Mr. Chicken (skewered fried chicken with a jalapeno).
A windmill marks the center of the area, where there’s plenty of room for
boot-scootin’ and grazing. Horseshoe Sausage, Texas Bird Legs and Cowboy Klopse
(a deep-fried meatball in jalapeno batter). Sopapillas,
Steer-on-a-Stick, Shypoke Eggs, and Ranch Steak keep the appetites of native Texans
and other visitors satisfied. Digger O’Dell the town mortician, is ready to
pose for photos at the Photo Bazaar.
During the Spanish Colonial period, San Antonians used to gather to sell produce
and livestock. Known as the Haymarket, facades and colorful banners resembling those
from the farmer’s markets of old.
One of NIOSA’s most famous and beloved foods is Maria’s Tortillas (a
hand-patted, grilled corn tortilla, buttered and filled with cheddar cheese and
salsa). Named for Maria Luisa Ochoa. Introduced in the early 1950s, the booth today
sells nearly 10,000 servings. Other favorites include: Gorditas, Puffy Tacos, Beef
Fajitas and Flautas.
Colorful banners strung overhead mark the International Walkway bazaar where different
ethnic groups that helped settle San Antonio are showcased. Italy, Poland, Greece,
England, and Belgium inspire the foods offered. Fried Mushrooms and Frog Legs lead
the list of favorites, followed by Crab Cakes, Baklava, Baja Fish Tacos, Belgian
Waffles, Pizza, Fried Ravioli, and Grecian Delight Gyro.
Irish Flat features Irish folk music and a host of filling fare to commemorate the
Irish settlers of yesteryear. When visitors take a break from singing along to Irish
ballads they can try the Blarney Bacon, and Potato Skins.
American classics such as Brisket Biscuits and Fat Bread (an English muffin
covered with sautéed mushrooms and Monterey Jack cheese) -appeal to hearty
appetites. Fried Green Tomatoes, Strawberries and Cream, Fried Cheesecake, Banana
Splits, Kettle Korn, Fried Oreos and Chicken Tenders will round the menu.
The atmosphere of a Mexican market is created with colorful papel picado banners
and paper flowers. Visitors will find a NIOSA exclusive, Anticuchos, the marinated
steak shish-k-bob; volunteers sell more than 18,000 of these treats each year. Other
favorites include Chalupas, Quesadillas, Fajitas de Pollo, Bean Tacos, Burritos,
Tamales, Daiquiris de Fresas, Churros, Enchiladas, Helotes (corn on the cob),
Mexican Coffee and Bunuelos (crisp fried Mexican pastry discs dusted with cinnamon
and sugar). Workers costumed in huipiles, Oaxacan dresses, sombreros, ponchos and
peasant attire enhance the flavor of Mexico.
A Tienda booth sells folk art from all over Mexico, including toys, cookware, apparel
and accessories. The Bolsa booth originated and still resides here, selling paper
shopping bags decorated by area artists. Cascarones, the popular confetti eggs,
can be cracked over the heads of fellow visitors.
San Antonio landmarks are commemorated in the Mission Trail area that features Prairie
Chicken (skinless chicken sautéed with onion and bell pepper and served in
a flour tortilla). Poblano en Salsa, Mission Maiz, Pan Dulce de Mission (funnel
cakes), Taco de Espada (beef brisket taco). Armadillo Eggs (jalapeño stuffed
with cheddar cheese or cream cheese and baked in a biscuit-batter coating). Chuleta de Puerco and
Bunuelos a la ‘Mode (bunuelo chips with ice cream and Cajeta sauce).
Adding to the fun of Mission Trail are the famed Fortune Tellers.
San Antonio’s German influence dates to the early 1800s, when immigrants built their
homes in the King William neighborhood along a bend in the San Antonio River. Visitors
to the cool, spacious hall enjoy Sausage on a Stick, Black Forest Cake, Bretzels,
Bavarian Kreme, Brotwurst Brotchen, Sausage Sampler and Pigs in a
Blanket. Beer connoisseurs will enjoy various imported beers.
A traditional German Oompah/polka band provides continuous entertainment (including
the popular Chicken Dance).
Canopies of bright green, yellow, red and blue cover food booths like the roadside
vendor stands in Mexico. Favorites include Aguacates (fresh avocado halves filled
with sour cream and spicy sauce) and Pollo Rancheros. The Jugo Frescas booth (a
traditional fruit drink is a big favorite for parched participants). Beef Tacos, Queso Flameado and Tamales de Pollo are among the tempting treats offered here.
Villa Espana features authentic Spanish dishes such as Tapas Bandas (flour tortillas
filled with chicken, Monterrey jack cheese, olives, red peppers and guacamole, and
grilled until toasted), Churros de Cajeta, Fish Taco and Shrimp Parilla.