The sixth annual Austin Food & Wine Festival returns to Auditorium Shores on April 28-30 with its usual stellar lineup of local, regional and national culinary talent. The festival, which was rained out last year, released its roster of talent and put tickets on sale this week.
Texas chefs gather April 28 at Fair Market in East Austin for the weekend’s first official event. Lone Star Nights is a tasting event, backed by music from DJ DM, that will showcase Texas chefs riffing on global flavors. The lineup includes Dallas chefs Matt Balke (Bolsa), Julian Barsotti (Nonna), Junior Borges and Coner Sergeant (CBD Provisions); Austin chefs Thai Changthong (Thai-Kun), Kevin Fink (Emmer & Rye) and Paul Qui (Kuneho); San Antonio chefs Diego Galicia and Rico Torres (Restaurant Mixtli) and Steve McHugh (Cured); along with Wayne Mueller (Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor), Danny Trace of Brennan’s of Houston and more.
The weekend’s centerpiece daytime events take place April 29-30 at Auditorium Shores, with cooking demonstrations and tastings from a group that includes Austin chefs Sonya Coté (Eden East), Michael Fojtasek (Olamaie), Bryce Gilmore (Barley Swine, Odd Duck), Joe Anguiano (Vox Table), Zach Hunter (The Brewer’s Table), Mia Li (Kuneho), Michael Paley (Central Standard), James Robert (Fixe) and Amanda Rockman (South Congress Hotel), as well as Dallas chef Blaine Staniford (Grace, Little Red Wasp) and others. The daytime events will also include chef Tim Love’s annual hands-on grilling demonstration.
Saturday night’s fan-favorite Rock Your Taco showcases famous chefs squaring off in a competition to see who can make the best version of the unofficial food of Austin. Chefs including Hugh Acheson (Empire State South), Ludo Lefebvre (Trois Mec), Alon Shaya (Shaya) and Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto) are just a few of the big names who will challenge reigning Rock Your Taco champion Tim Love.
Feast Under the Stars, the annual unofficial kickoff to the weekend, takes place April 27 with a multi-course, family-style meal from chefs David Bull (Second Bar + Kitchen), Tyson Cole (Uchi), Omar Flores (Casa Rubia in Dallas), Ford Fry (State of Grace in Atlanta) and Austin-based pastry chef Janina O’Leary. Tickets for that event are sold separately on the fest’s site.
The festival has returned to its two-tier pricing structure with Weekend Ticket holders ($250) getting access to Saturday and Sunday daytime events and All-In Ticket holders ($625) getting access to the daytime and evening events.
Tickets and more information are available at austinfoodandwinefestival.com/tickets.