Puerto Rican Heritage Festival

17 12 2008

jibarito-plateEvery two years, the Puerto Rican Heritage Society (Sociedad Herencia de Puerto Rico) organizes and hosts a festival that features food, music, and cultural art. This year’s event was held at a different location than in past years and seemed to attract three times the attendance.  My favorite part of the event, of course, was the food.

We got there about an hour after the start and the line for food was already long. Several vendors were hawking food and the longest line was for La Marginal, a local Puerto Rican restaurant. Two lines formed at their booth to get one of two plates. The “Jibarito” (directly translated as “hillbilly”) consisted of roasted pork, rice and pigeon peas, small salad, and a choice of either tostones (fried plantains, aka “patacones”) or amarillos (baked sweet plantains. The other plate was fricaseed chicken with the same sides. My plate, shown here, was the “Jibarito” with both tostones and amarillos, and a chunk of potato stewed with the chicken. I also opted for the white rice and beans instead. Very yummy.paella

Each line was about 30 minutes long. My opinion is that they were just serving slowly. But the wait was worth it. While waiting, I hopped over to a booth run by Azuca, a restaurant serving Nuevo Latino cuisine. They offered a Spanish Paella and two desserts, a tres leches cake (three milks) and a flan (custard). My wife and I inhaled the Paella before I could get a picture of it. It was absolutely delicious. The rice was tasty, although overcooked just a tad, but it was full of seafood, peas, and carrots. For just eight bucks, I got a heaping plate of Paella that Azuca would probably charge about $24 for at the restaurant.

The Paella was made in a giant pan, probably about 36″ in diameter. It was gone in about 2 hours. La Marginal ran out of food seven times. The owner had to get his restaurant to keep bringing more food. My estimate is that the owner made in excess of $25k that afternoon. La Marginal also ran another booth out back serving fried food and roasted pork sandwiches. As much as I wanted some of this, too, I didn’t have the patience to stand in line again. There was another restaurant serving tapas, and a couple of other minor food sources, none of which I tried. The coffee was decent, the music was good, and the food was great. Maybe you’ll join me next time.

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7 responses

17 12 2008
Wine Blog

In Ecuador we call those crushed and fried plantains “patacones”!! Anyways, the food look absolutely delicious!

17 12 2008
ieat

Thank for mentioning that. In fact, the more familiar term seems to be patacones. I think tostones is limited to the Caribbean and Central America.

27 03 2009
Ching Hermosa

This is absolutely delicious! Great to find it here!

21 09 2010
Cat Caroom

Hi there,

Just came across your blog & love the massive amount of content on SA restaurants & food.

We work with several restaurants in the Austin area and are getting ready to open a restaurant in San Antonio & would love to send you some information on the restaurant.

Looking forward to hearing back from you,

29 09 2010
madison

Well the food is good and alsome!! I will share it with my frenids!!!!

27 11 2010
Mya

This food looks delicious!!! I wish I could reach in and grab the plate. LOL

15 09 2011
julia

The food looks absolutely delish, do you have any good recipes for use on a BBQ, I am cooking for family and friends this weekend and could do with a few ideas.

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