Annual Cowboy Breakfast will be a private event this year in response to pandemic

Jan. 6, 2021Updated: Jan. 6, 2021 11:01 a.m.

San Antonians will have to forgo their free tacos from the Cowboy Breakfast this year.

The annual tradition that also serves as an unofficial kickoff to the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo will be a private event this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, a representative from the Cowboy Breakfast Foundation said Wednesday.

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Chuck Christian, the vice chairman for the foundation, said organizers are concentrating on delivering the tacos to local non-profits who’ve helped the community during the pandemic.

According to Christian, the Cowboy Breakfast board is in the process of choosing the non-profits, the date of the delivery and where the cooking will occur. Last year, the 42nd annual edition of the event took place on Jan. 24 in the parking lot of Cowboys Dance Hall on the Northeast Side.

Each year thousands wake up early for the tacos. In 202o, the Cowboy Breakfast dished out 12,000 egg tacos, 10,000 beef tacos, 8,000 biscuits and 5,000 potato and egg tacos.

Although the event isn’t public, Christian said the foundation still needs support for the deliveries. Several sponsors and hundreds of volunteers have helped produce the festivities in the past. Through the sponsorships, the Cowboy Breakfast funds scholarships for St. Philip’s College culinary arts students.

Priscilla Aguirre is a general assignment reporter for | [email protected] | @CillaAguirre

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