San Antonio celebrates corn with the “Pueblos del Mais” celebration in May.

San Antonio, Texas – The city of San Antonio is all set to revel in its love for corn with the second annual Pueblos del Mais celebration this weekend. This event promises to offer exciting cooking demonstrations, corn tastings, and corn specialties at select participating restaurants.

San Antonio joins three other United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Creative Cities in celebrating the importance of maize in our culture and history. The three other UNESCO Creative Cities who celebrate the Pueblos del Mais include Tucson, Arizona; Merida, Mexico; and Puebla, Mexico. UNESCO is a specialized agency of the United Nations, and San Antonio holds the honor of being a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy.

Colleen Swain, the director of San Antonio World Heritage Office, which oversees the UNESCO designation of a Creative City of Gastronomy in San Antonio, expressed, “Maize is considered part of a heritage in our culture and history and links the rich traditions of San Antonio to our creative cities. Pueblos del Mais is an opportunity for residents and visitors to San Antonio to touch this history, learn about the role of corn in our ancestors’ food, and explore it creatively.”

The Pueblos del Mais celebration will kick-start with the Maiz Showcase in Pearl on Friday, May 12, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. This showcase will feature live cooking and invite chefs from Tucson and Merida, Mexico. Demonstrations will take place on an outdoor grill at the Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio.

On Saturday, May 13, from noon to 3:00 pm, Chef Johnny Hernandez and Guest Chefs will prepare the Taste of Pueblos del Mais at Casa Hernan. The ticket event includes corn tasting, desserts, and cocktails.

Fifteen San Antonio restaurants and one brewery will participate in the Pueblos del Maiz by offering specialty corn dishes and drinks throughout May. Several restaurants such as Chicken with Brine, Cuishe Cocina Mexicana, and Elotitos Corn Bar will exhibit their corn-based dishes throughout the event. The complete restaurant list is available online.

The residents of San Antonio and visiting tourists can enjoy exciting cooking demonstrations, gourmet delights, and gastronomic heritage as corn takes center stage this weekend. Maize, part of our heritage and history, connects us to our roots and brings alive the rich traditions of San Antonio.

It is an opportunity to touch this history, learn about the role of corn, and creatively explore its significance. The celebration of Pueblos del Mais is an ode to our cherished gastronomic culture and National heritage. The event promises to evoke cherished memories and create new ones.

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