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Published on Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Mission Marquee Plaza Kicks-off a Flavorful National Poetry Month

This year’s VIVA POESIA: NOTAS SABROSAS will celebrate San Antonio’s UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy designation with a focus on food and spoken word.

CONTACT: Blanche Mendoza, 210-207-8612


SAN ANTONIO (April 3, 2019) – The City of San Antonio World Heritage Office will host Viva Poesia: Notas Sabrosas on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mission Marquee Plaza, formerly known as the Mission Drive-in, located at 3100 Roosevelt Ave.  The event will kick-off National Poetry Month in San Antonio and is themed to celebrate San Antonio’s UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy designation.


The fifth annual Viva Poesia: Notas Sabrosas will showcase San Antonio’s unique confluence of cultures by bringing together elements of creativity such as literary art and creative writing, musical performances, visual and performing arts, and for the first time ever, culinary arts. The evening will feature spoken word performances, live music by Volcán band, food demonstrations, interactive art workshops, and is free and open to the public. The City’s Parks & Recreation Department will give away 500 fruit trees beginning at 6 p.m.


“The arts have a long history of bringing people together and we are fortunate to have this wonderful space for celebrations,” said World Heritage Director Colleen Swain. “As a UNESCO Creative City, we seek to strengthen and expand connections between the seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts, and Music. This is the perfect format for showcasing the role that art and culture play in enriching our lives.


Designated a Creative City of Gastronomy in late 2017, San Antonio’s mission is to strengthen the City’s culinary legacy as a confluence of cultures. Rooted in Spanish, European, Native American and African traditions, the preservation and celebration of local culinary heritage is expected to spur equity, resiliency and sustainability while providing a unique and distinctive cultural experience. At the same time, the designation is intended to spur innovation by creating new traditions and fostering sustainable practices of food production and distribution. 


“We are honored to be hosting our 5th Annual Viva Poesia: Notas Sabrosas and invite all San Antonians to connect with our shared heritage during National Poetry Month. Literary arts are important to me and are needed in our community and that is why we started this,” said District 3 City Councilwoman Rebecca J. Viagran. “I am excited to help welcome local chefs and restaurants showcasing the delicious and diverse food District 3 have to offer.”


Featured Chefs Tatu Herrera of Folklores Coffee Shop, Jesse Rodriguez of Los Locales Food Truck and Flor Vergara of La Gloria will share their food inspirations through spoken word. Live demonstrations will be provided by the San Antonio Food Bank and Southside Craft Soda. Throughout the evening, Jazz Poets of San Antonio and individuals Jason “Shaggy” Gossard, Diamond Mason and Tomas Castillo-Roque will be accompanied by Violinist Lauren Logan and Cellist Luke William. Viva Poesia: Notas Sabrosas will welcome food trucks, local artisan pop-up vendors, interactive art activities and a haiki battle.


Mission Marquee Plaza was acquired by the City of San Antonio in 2007, and has undergone several renovations including a mural re-creation project completed by the City in 2013 and most recently in 2018, the addition of a greenroom for performances. Since then, the City has coordinated many popular events at this historic venue for the entire community. Viva Poesia: Notas Sabrosas is part of a growing number of events and programs that you will see throughout the year at Mission Marquee Plaza.


For information and a complete schedule of events please visit,, call (210) 207-2111, (210) 207-3905 or email  

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