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Austin Food and Wine Festival Takes Texas Next Weekend

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This year’s event will feature Andrew Zimmern, Graham Elliott, and Rick Bayless

The Festival will run from April 25 to April 27.

Food and drink lovers of Austin: your annual behemoth of a culinary festival is just around the corner. This year’s Austin Food and Wine Festival — running from April 25 to 27 — will feature tastings, demonstrations, and every other vaguely culinary activity you could possibly imagine. There will be hands-on grilling tutorials, a taco competition, master chefs helping you hone your kitchen craft, local chefs bringing their A-game, oh, and music will be played — hey this is still Austin, after all.

Celebrity chefs in attendance for this year’s Festival will include Bizarre Food’s Andrew Zimmern, MasterChef’s Graham Elliott, and Top Chef Master Rick Bayless. At Taste of Texas, chefs from regional favorites like Ramen Tatsu-ya and Sway will have some of their signature dishes on display. New Zealand winery Kim Crawford will operate Casa Mariposa, a rest and relaxation area that will include slushies, wine, and a ping pong arena.

This year’s event will also include the separately ticketed Feast Under the Stars on April 24. This new pre-Festival dinner, prepared by five Texas chefs, will be held in Butler Park. However, according to the Austin Food and Wine Festival’s official website, tickets to this event have sold out.

Adam D’Arpino is the Restaurants Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow him on Twitter @AdamDArpino.

4 Fire Pit Wins From the Austin Food & Wine Festival

To showcase Texas&rsquos live fire cooking obsession, this year&rsquos Austin Food & Wine Festival featured four fire pits where a roster of star chefs collaborated on incredible dishes.

To showcase Texas’s live fire cooking obsession, this year’s Austin Food & Wine Festival featured four fire pits where a roster of star chefs collaborated on incredible dishes. “There is just something extra special that happens around the pit every year,” says Dave (“Oven Dave”) Eberhardt of the Texas Oven Co. “It’s a wood-fueled carnival ride.” Here, the meaty highlights from the pits.

Rotisserie Fire Truck
For the second year in a row, Jack Gilmore of Jack Allen’s Kitchen roasted a pig atop his shiny red rotisserie fire truck. The 1986 Seagrave Super Pumper was procured via eBay and then tricked out with things like built-in beer taps by Gilmore and his team. The truck isn’t Gilmore’s only impressive BBQ innovation he also brought back his carousel-like spinning chicken whirl-a-gig.

Whole Roasted Calf
On Saturday night, Jack’s son Bryce Gilmore, Sam Hellman-Mass and Mark Buley of Odd Duck arrived at the festival around 11:30 p.m., after finishing up a busy dinner service. They roasted a fatted calf through the night, taking turns napping, then sliced it up on Sunday and served it on freshly baked flatbread with pepper paste and yogurt sauce.

Corned Beef Pulley System
Terrence Gallivan and Seth Siegel-Gardner of The Pass and Provisions in Houston brined beef legs from 44 Farms for two weeks before smoking them for 12 hours on a pulleyed tripod system built for the festival by Klose Pits. The smoky corned beef was served with a Thousand Island cabbage slaw on freshly griddled rye tortillas.

A Taste of Tennessee in Texas
While almost all the fire pits were manned by Texans, Pat Martin of Martin’s Bar-B-Que and Tandy Wilson of City House were there representing Nashville. “We wanted to bring a little Tennessee to Texas,” says Martin, who cooked a traditional West Tennessee-style whole hog for 24 hours, then served pork sliders with slaw. Wilson prepared a ham sausage he developed at Martin’s smokehouse this winter by marrying Italian technique with the flavors of a Southern breakfast sausage.


Austin Food + Wine Festival will no longer take place in 2020. We hoped to continue our annual tradition of celebrating great food, wine, and friends but given the extension of Austin’s stay at home order until December, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s festival.

Current ticketholders will receive information about refund options from Front Gate Tickets within 24 hours, which will include options to automatically rollover your tickets to 2021 or to donate the value of tickets to the Austin Food & Wine Alliance, our non-profit partner that provides critical support to our culinary community in Central Texas. You can learn more about their work here.

The culinary community needs our help now more than ever. Please continue to support them by ordering to-go, dining-in where possible, and asking Members of Congress to support the RESTAURANTS Act:

We look forward to welcoming you back to celebrate Austin Food + Wine Festival’s 10th anniversary - November 5-7, 2021.

Festival Dates and Hours

Austin Food + Wine Festival takes place November 5-7, 2021.


Are There Single-Day Festival Tickets

No, we do not sell tickets to individual days or events. Please refer to our Tickets page for all ticket options.

What is the Age Requirement?

The Festival is 21+ only. A valid ID is needed to enter all festival events. If we cannot verify your age, you will not be allowed into the Festival. Anyone under the age of 21 will be stopped at the gate, refused entry and Tickets will not be refunded. Please don’t bring infants or small children in child carriers as they will not be permitted entry.

Contact Front Gate Tickets

If you need to contact our ticket service provider, Front Gate Tickets, call their friendly support team at 888-512-SHOW Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. CST.

Wristband Policy

  • All wristbands will be mailed.
  • All sales are FINAL – no refunds and no exchanges.
  • If you purchased from an unauthorized source and/or the ticket is counterfeit, you will not be allowed entry.
  • Wristbands MUST be worn for entry into the Festival.
  • Wristbands MUST be worn securely on wrist and cannot be slipped on and off.
  • Wristbands must be scanned upon exit at the gate in order to re-enter that same day.
  • Do NOT remove, stretch or tamper with your wristband in any way or you will not be allowed entry.
  • Subsequent and/or multiple presentations of a counterfeited wristband are VOID and will be seized by Festival security staff.
  • If your wristband is removed by Festival security/event staff for any reason, it WILL NOT be replaced.
  • All ticketholders must pass through security and are subject to bag inspection. Prohibited items will be confiscated by event staff.
  • The festival takes place rain or shine.
  • There is a $10 wristband replacement fee.

Official Festival Ticket Exchange

Fans now have the ability to purchase through an official, verified ticket exchange. If you purchased a ticket and can no longer attend the festival, you can also use the exchange to resell your tickets.

Scenes From Austin Food And Wine Festival’s Taste Of Texas

This past weekend in the Texas capital, the Austin Food and Wine Festival returned for its third straight year, and by most accounts it was the strongest event so far. Maybe that's because the emphasis was less on nationally known celebrity chefs and more on Texas' dazzling display of culinary talents. The Friday night event, A Taste of Texas, showcased this class of young, emerging superstars, many of whom are featured in the photos below. Check back over the next few weeks for much more from the Austin Food and Wine Festival, including videos from the Food Republic Interview Lounge.

Justin Yu of Houston’s Oxheart.
Terrence Gallivan of Houston’s The Pass & Provisions.
Blaine Staniford of Grace in Ft. Worth.
Matt McCallister of FT33 in Dallas.
Diego Galicia and Rico Torres of Mixtli in San Antonio.
Andre Natera from The Common Table in Dallas.
San Antonio restaurateur and chef Jason Dady.
Wayne Mueller of Louie Miller Barbecue in Taylor.

For the latest updates about the status of each event, please check each਎vent&aposs website.

With more than 300 days of sunshine per year, there&aposs really no򠮭 time to visit Austin, Texas. But you sure can&apost go wrong with an April trip! This month is all about live music,ꃺmily fun, cultural arts happenings, experiencing the outdoors and one of the best culinary events in the state.਌ome for the sun and stay for the fun! Here are a few of our favorite things to do this month.

Austin Food + Wine Festival. Credit Charles Reagan Hackleman.

Virtual: 4/24/20 - 4/26/20
Fusebox Festival
Various Locations
Fusebox is a hybrid arts festival that champions adventurous works of art in theater, dance, film, music, literature, visual and culinary arts. The festival takes place over 5ꃚys in venues and locations all over the city. Hundreds of local, national and international artists across all disciplines converge for one of the most unique cultural events in the country.

Postponed: 9/16/20 - 9/19/20
Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival 
The Paramount Theatre and other locations
Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival presented by the Paramount Theatre brings to Austin, TX some of the funniest, wittiest and oddest world-class comics from around the globe. National headliners, up-and-comers and local Austin-based comedians ensure three hilarious days of fun.

Postponed: 11/13/20 - 11/15/20​
Austin Food + Wine Festival 
Auditorium Shores and Republic Square Park
Pamper your palate in one of the hippest cities in the country at the Austin Food + Wine Festival. Join top chef talent, sommeliers and winemakers from across the nation and Austin&aposs own acclaimed gourmet scene for an indulgent, three-day epicurean adventure unlike any other, topped off with live musical performances.

Austin Reggae Fest
Auditorium Shores
A fundraiser for the Capital Area Food Bank, Reggae Fest features three days of reggae, world and dub talent, along with more than 50 vendors selling food and arts & crafts.

Weird Homes Tour
Around Town
This wacky annual event showcases what "Keep Austin Weird" is all about. Tour a selection of the most creative homes around town and meet the homeowners who keep our wacky culture thriving.

Art City Austin. Credit Sandy Carson, courtesy of Art Alliance Austin.

Art City Austin Festival 
Republic Square
Nearly 200 national artists, top local restaurants, two music stages and hands-on art activities make this one of the city&aposs favorite festivals.​

Old Settler&aposs Music Festival 
Tilmon, TX
Central Texas&apos signature music event featuring Grammy-winning Americana, arts and crafts, camping, food and libations. Acoustic jazz, blues and bluegrass are all performed by old-time local favorites and award-winning artists from around the world.

Lonestar Round Up
Travis County Expo Center
A huge outdoor car show and live music festival with tons of vintage hot rods and custom cars driven here from all over the country, and bringing visitors from all over the world.​

Earth Day Austin
Huston-Tillotson University
Go green in Austin! This free, annual Earth Day event is a celebration of Austin&aposs green initiatives.ਊttend panels and workshops, watch new films and documentaries, interact with hands-on activities and installations and enjoy live music and eco art.

Austin International Poetry Festival
Various Locations
Poets from around the world, countryਊnd all of Texas gather for four days of live performances, readings and workshops during the Austin International Poetry Festival in April of every year. AIPF provides an inclusive, diverse, multi-generational environment welcoming the broadest possible audience of poets and non-poets alike in appreciation of the spoken and written word.

Capitol 10K
Congress Avenue to Auditorium Shores
Texas&apos largest 10K race and one of the nation&aposs top runs draws some 18,000 serious and not-so-serious runners.

Eeyore&aposs Annual Birthday Party
Pease Park
Live music, local beer, food, acrobats and costume contests surround this annual gathering of Austin&aposs most eclectic locals. Eeyore&aposs Birthday serves as fundraiser to benefit many local non-profits.

AutoNation INDYCAR Challenge
Circuit of The Americas
North America’s premier open-wheel racing championship makes its way to COTA for the INDYCAR Challenge. This event offers the opportunity to see some of the greatest drivers in the world up close, as well as adding the essential Austin touch of live music.

What&aposs on your calendar for April in Austin? Let us know on�ook, Twitter or Instagram using #TrueAustin!


Quesoff will be back for its 7th year for the ultimate celebration of all things melted cheese – meaty, spicy, veggie & wild card.

LOCATION: Mohawk, 912 Red River St


Austin Ice Cream Festival

It’s impossibly hot during the summers in Austin so the Austin Ice Cream Festival is relief of frosty indulgence and summer fun. I was a judge this past summer and had to eat 10+ ice cream treats including the dog-friendly popsicles!

LOCATION: Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse East Segovia Street

Chronicle’s Hot Sauce Festival

Turn up the heat at Austin Chronicle’s Hot Sauce Festival with hundreds and gallons of hot sauce. This Austin food event features local restaurant tastings, culinary demonstrations, sauces for sale, cookbooks, peppers, and more.

LOCATION: Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse East Segovia Street

TICKETS: Free with the donation of three nonperishable food items or a $5 donation to Central Texas Food Bank.

Texas Craft Brewers Festival

The Texas Craft Brewers Festival is the state’s largest beer event focused exclusively on Texas-produced craft beer.

LOCATION: Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse East Segovia Street



Austin City Limits Music Festival
The iconic music festival is back for its 16th year of music with headliners like Jay-Z and The Killers. To keep the masses of festival-goers happy and full, the festival hosts a variety of classic Austin eateries. This year’s ACL Eats Food Court includes Austin favorites like Chi'lantro, Mighty Cone, Peached Tortilla, Micklethwait Craft Meats, JuiceLand, and newcomers Shake Shack, Peli Peli, and others.
Friday, October 5 through Sunday, October 7, 2018 Friday, October 12 through Sunday, October, 14, 2018
Location: Zilker Park, 2168 Lou Neff Road, South Austin
General Prices: Available tickets range from $100 to $255.

Growlers from the Texas Craft Brewers Festival Texas Craft Brewers Festival/Facebook

Texas Trucklandia Fest
Trucklandia Fest brings together the city’s best food trucks, where attendees get to read and vote for their favorite, which will win the $100,000 prize. General admission guests can only vote for the “people’s choice,” with limited access to samples.
2018 date not announced yet.
Location: Austin American-Statesman, 305 South Congress Avenue, South Austin

Reigning Barbecue King’s First Food Festival Takes Over Austin for the Ultimate Four-Day Weekend

I f you’re itching for a Texas road trip, look no further than this weekend’s inaugural Hot Luck Festival in Austin. A hybrid food and music extravaganza, Hot Luck is the brainchild of barbecue maestro Aaron Franklin (maybe you’ve heard of his famed Austin barbecue haunt Franklin’s Barbecue), Mike Thelins, co-founder of the popular Oregon food fest Feast Portland, and Mohawk music venue owner James Moody.

Expecting Austin Food & Wine vibes? Think again. This inaugural foodie fest, which features some of the best players in the food world, channels the aura of a tailgate intertwined with a family reunion.

Think of it as the ultimate four-day potluck prepared by some of the country’s best chefs. Of course, we’d expect nothing less from the man behind one of America’s best barbecue joints.

If you were lucky enough to snag one of Hot Luck’s coveted “Whole Enchilada” tickets ($550) — which grants patrons access to everything Hot Luck has to offer — start your festival experience with a backyard blowout under the stars Thursday night at Franklin’s Barbecue. Culinary heavy hitters such as Aaron Franklin, Roy Choi (Kogi BBQ Truck, Los Angeles), Sara Kramer (Kismet, Los Angeles), and Ivan Orkin (Ivan Ramen, New York City) make an appearance.

On Friday, head to “The Hi Lo” event at Austin’s Fair Market, which tasks chefs like Tyson Cole (Hai Hospitality, Austin), David Bull (Second Bar + Kitchen), Austin), and Adam Sappington (The Country Cat, Portland) with showcasing dishes inspired by their culinary beginnings.

Brace yourself for everything from slow-cooked ribs to crispy cast iron chicken. See the full Hi Lo chefs and libations lineup here.

Festival goers head to Wild Onion Ranch on Saturday for Hot Luck’s “Al Fuego” event — a celebration of live action, flame-centric cooking. Houston chefs Chris Shepherd (Underbelly) and Rebecca Masson (Fluff Bake Bar) and Dallas’ John Tesar (Knife at The Highland) landed spots in the coveted lineup curated by Aaron Franklin.

Chefs Joshua Pinsky and Matthew Rudofker (Momofuku, New York) and Tatsu Aikawa, the man behind one of Houston’s newest ramen imports Austin-based Ramen Tatsu-ya, will also be on hand. View the full Al Fuego chefs and libations lineup here.

Following Al Fuego, Whole Enchilada ticket holders get another exclusive soiree on Saturday night with Hawaii, Texas — a Texas-sized tiki party touting a whole pig and aloha vibes.

Sunday is all about brunch! Catch a trio of brunch collaborations at Austin’s L’Oca d’Oro, Contigo, and The Hightower. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Find out more about each brunch series here.

Added bonus: Hot Luck separates itself from the food festival pack with the addition of live musical performances. Catch everyone from Atlanta-based rock band Black Lips and Japanese pop punk band Shonen Knife to Houston’s own Robert Ellis, Austin blues act Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears, and Nashville-based alternative country musician Rayland Baxter.

You can still secure individual tickets to Hot Luck’s food and music events here.

The 10 Best Food and Wine Festivals in Texas

You’ve sipped a red, a white, a rosé. You’ve sampled the chocolate ganache topped with raspberry sauce. And now you’re swirling your tasting glass while saying something revelatory about the acidic bite of your Riesling—only it’s Sauvignon Blanc. Congratulations, you’re at a Texas food and wine festival! These are our top 10:

Savor Dallas | April 1–7 | Various locations

This weeklong affair, which takes place across the Big D, is for serious foodies. Years past have featured a party at a chef’s house, a 10-course pairing dinner, and barbecue and mixology celebrations. The grand tasting at Fair Park’s Centennial Hall showcases 50-plus restaurants and chefs, and even more wine and spirits producers. $45–$200.

Fort Worth Food & Wine Festival | April | Various locations

This year included a tacos-and-tequila tasting, a pitmaster’s picnic with barbecue bigwigs, and a packed headlining party boasting 100-plus wines. Next year’s fest is expected to be even bigger, with new venues and events yet to be announced. $50–$125.

Lubbock Uncorked | April 12 | American Windmill Museum

In a beautiful setting, surrounded by dozens of windmills, 30 Texas wineries highlight grapes grown in the Lubbock area. Expect live music on two stages, a food-and-wine pairing class, a beer garden, and a “wine valet” with whom you can drop off purchases as you continue tasting. $30–$40.

Waco ’ s Rootstock | April 13 | Indian Spring Park

This family-friendly springtime fest features a dinner prepared by Waco-area chefs with local wine pairings, right on the Waco Suspension Bridge over the Brazos River. As for the main tasting event, more than 15 wineries will be featured, and attendees get to taste 12 wines. From $40.

Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard at this year's event.

Austin Food & Wine Festival | April(ish) | Auditorium Shores and Fair Market

The Coachella of the group, this weekend fest is known for its giant parties featuring live music and chef competitions. Though the schedule won’t drop until January, expect big-name chefs and large crowds. From $250.

Galveston Island Food and Wine Festival | April 27–29 | Saengerfest Park

Last year’s grand tasting included some of the best-known wineries in America—Robert Mondavi, Blackbird, and Michael David among them—pairing pours with light bites. Want to work for that wine? Compete in the Champagne 5K fun run, complete with post-race bubbly. $72–$115.

Sipping and strolling at the Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair

Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair | April | Various locations

This year the event grew from four days to five. In 2019, expect special wine-pairing dinners, a Grand Tasting hosting award-winning chefs from Houston and across the nation, and the ever-popular Sip and Stroll, an evening of decadence in Brazos River Park. From $40.

Culinaria San Antonio | May | Venue TBD

Over four days last spring, the fest impressed foodies with a taco throwdown , sunset party, burger bash, and grand tasting held at luxury resort La Cantera. Stay tuned for details on 2019, but it’s safe to expect restaurant pop-ups, citywide seminars, and plenty of fun. $75–150.

Dripping Springs ’ Dripping with Taste Wine and Food Festival | September | Mercer Street

This 11-year-old fest celebrates Hill Country life with live Americana music, grape stomping, and, fittingly, live football games on big screens. All wines and food vendors are from Texas.

Austin Food & Wine Festival 2019’s Chef Lineup Is Here

One of the city’s biggest food-related events, the Austin Food & Wine Festival, is coming back again this year for the eighth time, and the preliminary chef and event lineups are here. It takes place from Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28 at Auditorium Shores in South Austin.

New to this year’s festival is what is pegged as an “expanded fire pit experience” from chef Andrew Wiseheart and Contigo Catering. Further details on what that will entail aren’t known at this moment.

The rest of this year’s festival events remain the same: chef Tim Love’s grilling session will take place outside of the proper festival (much like last year, and only available through the all-in passes) on Friday, April 26.

Other auxiliary events include the usual Rock Your Taco competition, which takes place that Saturday at the Fair Market. It’s interesting to note that Andrew Zimmern is participating, especially after the controversy over his Midwest Chinese-American restaurant chain Lucky Cricket (he had apologized for his comments on Facebook later).

Then there’s the Sunday Gospel Brunch, and the family-style Feast Under the Stars dinner, which takes place before the festival on Thursday at Auditorium Shores.

Tickets prices are $250 for weekend passes, $250 for Feast Under the Stars, and $625 for the all-in passes (which include the Love grilling event and Rock Your Taco).

Watch the video: Bubbles and Boots Party with Debbie Sheffield (July 2022).


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