Every July, New Orleans throws an event called Tales of the Cocktail, a five-day celebration of fine drinks and the people who love them. Likewise, New York City stages the Manhattan Cocktail Classic each May; and in March, Aspen holds its annual Après Ski Cocktail Classic. It seems that from San Diego to Kansas City to Atlanta, people gather to acknowledge these heady days of craft cocktails. Texas’ big event is called the San Antonio Cocktail Conference (SACC), and this year it takes place January 16-19.
It takes a certain amount of audacity to deep-fry butter, bacon, and beer, but let’s face it: The State Fair of Texas is not a destination for those seeking subtle flavors (nor is it the place to kick off your new diet). The staggering variety and abundance of food, most of it designed to eat while roaming about, is not for the faint of heart. “The food at the State Fair of Texas is one of the best state fair food experiences in the country,” says Andrew Zimmern, host of the Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern.”