Nothing goes with warm weather quite like flame-cooked meats hot off the grill. When it comes to Tex-Mex cuisine, the undisputed king of grilled meats is the fajita. To celebrate this classically American dish, Houston’s own Traders Village is hosting the 1st Annual Fajita Festival this weekend. Come out, crush a few platters of fajitas, and enjoy the best of what Houston’s most unique shopping and amusement destination has to offer.
Traders Village 1st Annual Fajita Festival will be held this weekend, April 13 and 14 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm both days. The event will feature plenty of sizzling fajita meats with the traditional sides of rice, refried beans, and freshly grilled onions and bell peppers. While you chow down on platter after platter of fajitas, enjoy the sounds of live bands on stage both days.
The 1st Annual Fajita Festival pays homage to one of America’s most popular Tex-Mex dishes and a true piece of American history. The name fajita comes from the Spanish for “little strip” or “little belt” and refers to the skirt steak, the traditional cut of meat used to make the Southwestern dish. Fajitas are believed to have originated in the 1930s when Mexican cowboys on long cattle roundups grilled the tossed aside unwanted cuts of meats over open fires and ate them alongside tortillas.
The fajita was relatively obscure until beef prices spiked in the early 1990s, forcing restaurants to find ways to make cheaper, less popular cuts more appealing. Restaurants like Chili’s popularized the fajita, and the sizzling sound that platters of grilled meats make as they are paraded through restaurants has been shown to drive sales of fajitas. Today, the fajita is one of the most popular dishes served at Tex-Mex restaurants worldwide.
The 1st Annual Fajita Festival at Traders Village is free to attend, but remember to bring $4 for parking. Once you’ve eaten so many fajitas that you couldn’t possibly stuff another one down, be sure to stroll through the 150+ acres of open air shopping at Traders Village or hop on one of their classic amusement park-style rides.
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