Austin Food & Wine Festival: A User’s Guide
James Beard Winners | Hands-On Fun | Gourmet Tastings | Mingling With Star Chefs
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.
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Sweets are elevated to an art form at That Takes the Cake Sugar Art Show & Cake Competition. Bringing together expert bakers and sugar artists from across the country, the two-day event lets visitors stalk through an armada of colorful pastry masterpieces shaped like dragons, cheetahs, or cartoon characters. The competition breaks down its entrants into dozens of divisions and styles, all of which are judged according to creativity, theme, and artistry. A separate tasting competition includes entrants in the categories of Cookies, Candies, Swiss Rolls, Pate a Choux and Museum Inspired Desserts.
Admirers of the sucrose arts can also learn at the feet of celebrity bakers by purchasing one of several group lessons in subjects such as airbrushing, figure modeling, and how best to conceal a hacksaw inside a bundt cake.
From serious runners to leisurely walkers and from individuals to families, the runners competing in the Corner Store Country Run 5K are encouraged to replace their shorts and sweat-wicking t-shirts with their "finest country duds," be they overalls or straw hats. At the finish line, they join in a post-race jamboree with free swag, live music, food, carnival games, face painting, a photo booth, and a beer garden. Chip timing is available for those with a competitive streak, and prizes will be awarded for the fastest folks in each class. Adults enjoy two free beer tickets, and every runner gets the joy of knowing that all proceeds benefits charitable organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
For three days in April, the International Gem & Jewelry Show transforms the Travis County Exposition Center into a jewel-filled bazaar worthy of a storybook. This traveling gem and jewelry show welcomes vendors from around the world, boasting an exhibition roster that includes everyone from homespun artisans to antique dealers. The shows also welcome DIY jewelry fans with vendors dedicated to beading and other crafts.
You could travel the country scouring the reclaimed-wood shelves of artists, crafters, and jewelers for handmade and antique knick-knacks. But thanks to Vintage Market Days, you don't have to. The three-day, popup market gathers the best of up-cycled lagniappes, hand-crafted goods, and artisan foods in one indoor-outdoor event.
The celebration of all things authentic and unique is the brainchild of wife-and-husband duo, Cheri and Jeff Patton. Inspired by old quilts and the stories they tell, the couple began the market to get to know makers and bring their art to a wider audience.