The first-ever Vaquero Cook-Off will happen on February 1-2, 2019. It will be held in downtown San Antonio at Maverick Plaza in La Villita. It will be held in conjunction with the Western Heritage Parade & Cattle Drive through downtown, which marks the start of the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. The first day teams will compete against each other cooking Spanish Rice, while the second day they will compete with Charro Beans, Carne Guisada and Menudo. Awards will be given out in each category. Teams that compete in all 4 entry categories will be eligible for Overall Grand Champion & Reserve Champion. Teams will also have the option to compete for Showmanship. Teams will begin checking in on Friday, February 1st at 9:00 am. The competitive part of the event will run from 12 to 5 pm on February 1st and 12-6 pm on February 2nd. There will be a Kick-Off Party on Friday February 1st from 6 to 8 pm with live music. There will be live music from 1 to 8 pm on Saturday, February 2nd. Awards will be announced on Saturday February 2nd at 8:30 pm.
Concessions will be sold on site both Friday and Saturday and guests may be able to sample Spanish Rice from the various Cook-Off teams on Friday and from a full menu of entries all day Saturday; including Charro Beans, Carne Guisada and Menudo.
In addition to being able to enjoy the free entry to the Cook-Off and possibly sample team entries, Vaquero Cook-Off guests can shop La Villita Vendors, on-site vendors, listen to live music and enjoy lots of fun at this brand new San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo event!
Competitors can register for $370 per team through Friday January 25th at 8:00 am. Register your team at:
In addition to team registration, the Vaquero Cook-Off is still offering Sponsor opportunities to get involved in this Inaugural event. Judging opportunities will be available for Sponsors and will be announced at a later date for sign-ups to fill in the remaining Judging spots.
San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, also known as San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc. (SALE) is a non-profit organization supporting Texas youth education and agriculture. To date, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo educational commitment totals over $198 million with a record of $12 million committed in 2018 in the form of scholarships, grants, endowments, auctions, a calf scramble program and show premiums paid to the youth of Texas.
If you would like more information about the 2019 Vaquero Cook-Off, please call Karen Dudek, Vaquero Cook-Off Coordinator, at 210-823-8173, or email at