Texas Tropical Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Port Isabel: Pachanga in the Park

October 5, 2013 - 4:00pm to 11:00pm
3rd Annual Pachanga in the Park

Pachanga in the Park has evolved into a celebration of the rich culinary history and culture of Port Isabel which represents its unique bi-cultural and maritime past.  Dozens of vendors prepare a wide variety of foods from recipes handed down and perfected from generation to generation. Vendors are asked to present their unique interpretations of Tex-Mex and traditional Mexican dishes from local favorites to influences from several Mexican states including Durango, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas and Coahuila. Delicious and authentic dishes such as caldillo, mole, menudo, tortas, abongidas and other specialties made with ingredients from Mexico have found their way to Port Isabel over generations and have come to represent the culinary culture that is uniquely Port Isabel. Tex-Mex, certainly a south Texas staple also represents the local taste of Port Isabel. The Pachanga offers a selection of fajita preparations and other beef, chicken and shrimp dishes, tacos and chalupas to serve up the Tex-Mex experience.

In addition, there will be a traditional Mexican Costume Contest, a Grito Ceremony, a Dance Contest and a Jalapeno Eating Contest. Music will be provided by DJ Jeffery Martinez followed by a live performance of Port Isabel’s own “Los Dominantes”, a crowd favorite. The Laguna Madre Boys & Girls Club and Derry Folklorico will also be preforming! And presented are an array of games and activities for children of all ages including train rides, slides and a Ferris wheel. Food, vendor’s products and kiddie rides are all priced as posted.



  • Washington Park, Port I
  • Jefferson Street
  • Port Isabel, Texas
  • 78578



  • Admission free.  Pay for food stuffs and games/rides at each vendor's stand.

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