For the second year, Food + Wine Magazine will kick off the much anticipated Austin Food & Wine Festival. Top chefs, sommeliers and winemakers from around the country gather for two days in the heart of Austin’s acclaimed gourmet scene to do what they do best.
Throughout the weekend, you can be front row at cooking demonstrations, wine and cocktail seminars, along with the Taste or Savor lounges. Satisfy your Texas-sized appetites.
Highlighted events at the 2013 Austin Food & Wine Festival
The Taste of Texas
Sample bites from Texas chefs, while enjoying live music performances. Some of the chefs in attendance at this years festival include Paul Qui (East Side King), Aaron Franklin (Franklin Barbecue), Philip Speer (Uchi & Uchiko), and James Holmes (Lucy’s Fried Chicken & Olivia). Enjoy this event at Republic Square Park on Friday, April 26th, 7 to 9 PM.
Texas Wines: Ready for the Main Stage
Russ Kane, Texas wine expert, hosts a panel discussion about Texas wines. The panel will be held at the Cedar Tent at Auditorim Shores on Saturday, April 26, 10 to 10:45 AM.
It’s Tailgate Time in Texas
Tim Love, Fort Worth chef, leads hundreds in the world’s largest hands-on grilling demo with tips and tricks about grilling. Held at the grilling area at Auditorium Shores on Saturday, April 27, 10 to 11:45 AM.
The HEB sponsored Grand Tasting Pavilion
The pavillion showcases over 80 different wine, spirit and food exhibitors, including local and regional restaurants. Local restaurants include but are not limited to Stubb’s, AustiNuts, Bastrop Brewhouse, SFC Farmers’ Market, and Z’Tejas. You can also find numerous cookbooks, which may be signed by your favorite chefs at the autograph tent. The pavillion will be open Saturday, April 27, 12 to 4 PM and Sunday, April 28, 12 to 3 PM.
Rock Your Taco
As defending champion, Tyson Cole competes against 15 other top chefs to see who will create the best taco. Some competitors include Rene Ortiz (La Condesa), David Bull (Congress, Second Bar + Kitchen & Bar Congress), and Andrew Zimmern (James Beard Foundation Award winner from Bizarre Foods on The Travel Channel). The cookoff will be held in Republic Square park on Saturday, April 27, 7 to 9:30 PM.
For the Love of Beer
Bill Norris, from Alamo Drafthouse, hosts a panel discussion about regional craft brewers. Learn tips, tricks and techniques about craft brewing at the Pecan Tent at Auditorium Shores on Sunday, April 28, 12 to 12:45 PM.
Of course, no festival in Austin is complete without live music. Performances by Allen Stone, Delta Spirit, and Whiskey Shivers can be enjoyed by attendees at various locations.
Tickets for the festival come in two types of packages. The first option, the Taste Pass, is valued at $250 and includes 40+ cooking demos and wine seminars, Grand Tastings on Satudary and Sunday, FOOD & WINE Magazine subscription for 1 year, additional tastings and demos at The Tasting Room. Optional upgrades aer available at extra cost to attend the Taste of Texas and the Rock Your Taco events. The second option, the Savor Pass, is valued at $850 and includes all of the aformentioned as well as admission to the extra events, exclusive SAVOR Lounge access, and reserved SAVOR parking at Auditorium Shores. All festival attendees must be 21 or older.