• Farmer's Market in San Antonio, one of the area activities near the CIA Texas campus, along with student events and clubs.
  • CIA Texas Student Events, Clubs, and Recreation

    Make Friends, Explore San Antonio, Have Fun—Welcome to CIA Texas

    At the CIA Texas campus, you’re not just hanging around classrooms and kitchens. San Antonio is one of the most popular destinations in Texas, with great restaurants, shopping, and sightseeing. In addition, CIA Texas student events, clubs and area activities give you the opportunity to explore your food passions and make friends along the way.

  • Participate in several events that cater to food lovers, including:

    • Annual Chili and Cornbread Cook-off
    • Annual Festival of Tamales
    • Annual Fiesta Medal Design Competition (San Antonio’s largest festival with roughly three million participants)
    • Annual Paella Challenge (hosted by CIA alumnus Johnny Hernandez)
    • Blended Burger Bash
    • Driscoll’s Berries Competition
    • Jeune Chefs Rotisseurs Competition
    • Leo’s Sauces and Dressings Competition
    • Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Oddest Cake Challenge

    Additional events include:

    • The Latin American Cuisine Summits
    • DĂ­a de Los Muertos @ the Pearl
    • Habla Fresca: Monthly Guest Lecture and Demo Series
    • SA Flavor at the San Antonio Museum of Art

    To honor heroes among the CIA community, we host several veterans recognition events, such as:

    • Thank a Vet during the week of Veteran’s Day
    • Ribbon tree tying to honor different branches of the military
    • Veteran pinning ceremony
    • Barbecue Club, which hosts fundraisers and weekend barbecues, as well as participates in the local farmers market. Contact: ciabarbecue@gmail.com.
    • Garden Club, which plants, maintains, and harvests planters on campus. Contact: CIAGardenClub@gmail.com.
    • Sugar Rush, a baking and pastry club that hosts fundraisers and participates in the local farmers market. Contact: Sugarrush_club@yahoo.com.

    The CIA Texas campus in San Antonio is a unique education and research center that is dedicated to raising the profile of Latin American cuisines and culinary traditions. Outside of our teaching kitchens and classrooms, you can:

    • Hang out with classmates at
    • Browse the Farmers Market
    • Enjoy San Antonio’s vibrant dining scene
    • Check out the retail shops or take a yoga class
    • Have fun at special events like Tamales at Pearl, Paella Challenge, and Fiesta
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    • Attend amazing events like the CIA’s annual Latin Flavors, American Kitchens, and Healthy Flavors, Healthy Kids conferences right on campus
    • Join student clubs where you can meet classmates who share your passions
    • Travel to Austin, Texas Hill Country, or the Gulf Coast—home to world-class wineries and restaurants, as well as hiking, horseback riding, bicycle trails, and more
  • Contact Us

    CIA Texas
    312 Pearl Parkway, Building 2, Suite 2102
    San Antonio, TX 78215
    Phone: 210-554-6400