by: Ann Redus (UTSA)
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If you move to San Antonio and don’t know what Oyster Bake is, you better learn – quick! Every April, the City of San Antonio hosts an almost two week “Fiesta” where you can attend various events around town, but to kickoff this staple in San Antonio culture we have: Oyster Bake.
Oyster Bake has always been held at the campus of St. Mary’s University and this year’s festivities will begin on Friday, April 16th at 5pm and will continue until 11pm that night. But, don’t you worry, Fiesta Oyster Bake will be back Saturday morning at 11 and will last until 11pm. At OB you can expect a smorgasbord of food, which is not limited to oysters. Naturally there will be over 100,000 fried, baked, and raw oysters, along with 4,500 turkey legs, and a whopping 2,500 lbs. of sausage! That’s insane! Tickets for OB can be bought at the gate for only $20, but you can still get them at a discounted rate at your local HEB.
There are five different stages that will be set up on the campus grounds, and each stage will be designated for certain genres of music and radio stations. The entertainment genres on Friday will be different from Saturday so there will be a variety of music to listen to throughout the weekend. A couple of the bigger names that will be performing on Friday are Frankie J and Slim from 112, and Saturday will host more bands such as; Saliva, Puddle of Mudd, Emory Quinn, and Cory Morrow.
There have been a couple of changes since Oyster Bake last year. For instance, this year you will be able to use your debit/credit card throughout Oyster Bake instead of just cash. However, it is highly recommended that you carry cash because most booths have a $20 minimum on purchases. Also, SAPD is cracking down on drunk drivers this year. To save them time in making arrests, the police force in San Antonio is now utilizing a van which is being called the “BAT” mobile which stands for Breath Alcohol Testing . Not the kind of bat mobile I’d like to be in! In the month of April alone last year, SAPD made over 400 DWI arrests and responded to close to 250 alcohol-related crashes. If you plan to drink during Fiesta, cops are saying you might as well get a cab because if you’re drinking and driving, they will find you.