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MusicFest brings soulful sounds, gourmet food, April 14

MusicFest brings soulful sounds, gourmet food, April 14
PASCALLE BIPPERT/Contributor Members of the La Vernia Foundation for the Arts invite everyone to the La Vernia MusicFest April 14.

(Revised 4/12/12) Food trucks are all over Austin. On South Congress, there are city lots dedicated to these rolling kitchens, which feature everything from giant-sized custom cupcakes to deep-fried delicacies. Food trucks are becoming more and more popular in San Antonio as well. These trucks cannot be confused with the “roach coach” of days gone by; these trucks deliver highly specialized, gourmet foods that tempt the palate and reward the curious with taste bud-teasing combinations of flavors.

And now visitors to the La Vernia MusicFest can get a “piece of the pie,” as some of these food trucks roll into town for the April 14 inaugural event, sponsored by the La Vernia Foundation for the Arts.

The March 25 San Antonio Express-News featured food trucks in its “Taste” section. Come see how the capital city does it. The “Rolling Pig” asks: “Do you love bacon?” This truck also features pulled pork Italiano, bacon pancakes, boudin balls, and schnitzel sandwiches. Lagniappe Today features Yumbo Gumbo, cheesy grits, crawfish etoufee pistolette, and more. Guilty Pleasures dishes out such delicacies as blackened shrimp wraps in prosciutto, barbecue pulled pork sandwiches, and bread pudding and whiskey sauce. The Tapa Tapa Truck offers root beer-glazed lamb with licorice potato salad and truffled mac and cheese, among other delights.

Hungry yet? Come see, smell, and taste all these yummy gourmet items at the first-ever MusicFest on Saturday in the La Vernia City Park.

Be sure to take cash; most trucks do not take credit cards.

Take your lawn chairs, too, and plan on listening to the sounds of jazz, rhythm and blues, and crooners. This event is being brought to you by the La Vernia Foundation for the Arts.

Get the blues April 14

Live jazz, blues, and crooners will fill the La Vernia City Park with sound at the inaugural La Vernia MusicFest on Saturday, April 14, from 3-10 p.m. The bands are Grammy nominee Joe Posada, Johnny P. & “The Wise Guys,” and Rusty Martin & Dr. G.

Event hosts, the La Vernia Foundation for the Arts, have lined up gourmet food trucks including Tapa Tapa, Lagniappe Today, Rolling Pig, and Guilty Pleasures to offer plenty of food. Alcoholic beverages will be offered by Cowgirls Unlimited. Food demonstrations by GVEC and Frosted Delights by Joyce will provide extra fun and samples.

Band lineup times are Johnny P. and “The Wiseguys,” 3-5 p.m.; Rusty Martin and Dr. G, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; and Joe Posada from 8-10 p.m.

Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the gate, and are available online at, the La Vernia News and The Music Loft in La Vernia, and the Wilson County News in Floresville.

Children under 12 accompanied by an adult will be admitted free. Visitors can take lawn chairs or blankets for added comfort. No outside food or drinks allowed. Parking is free.

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