From Our Editors
Austin Food & Wine Festival: A User’s Guide
What to Bring: a book for one of the many chef signings, your dance shoes for the DJ sets, and your spare stomach
- Make your first stop at the main event, the Grand Tasting and Chef Showcase, where you’ll try samples from Iron Chef Champions, James Beard Award winners, and local barbecue legends
- As the day moves on, head over to a wine-tasting that might be centered on Texas vintages or a revival of the classic Texas margarita
- After the sun goes down, live music becomes the soundtrack to head-to-head cooking showdowns like Rock Your Taco, in which nationally recognized chefs battle for best dish
Interactive Activity Extravaganza
- Try your hand at barbecue—while helming your own grill—at the Hands-On Grilling Area
- Culinary trivia events offer up prizes for your food smarts
- Food-specific learning opportunities abound, like tasting wines from specific regions to learn about their terroir
- Don’t bring the kids. Sure, most of the barbecue is family friendly, but the craft cocktails and fine wines aren’t. This festival is 21+.
- Get your tickets early. This event often sells out fast—especially if you plan to attend any after-hours events or private parties.