What is it?
The Austin Food and Wine Festival is a three day celebration of cuisine, wine, spirits and music in Austin, Texas. This in the second annual festival and will be held April 26-28, 2013 at the Auditorium Shores. It is presented by FOOD & WINE Magazine and is a collaboration of Texas’ most celebrated chefs and restaurateurs.
What can I expect?
Grand Tasting Tents have been erected where you can try cuisine from restaurants and purveyors. Chef’s that are located at interactive stations throughout the venue, will teach cooking tips and you can even taste the results. Cleanse your palette at the many wine seminars, where you will mingle and learn from Sommeliers.
Many improvements from the first year address the Austin Food and Wine Festival Reviews. The Grand Tasting Tents have been expanded to allow for more restaurants and purveyors. The Auditorium Shores, has been restored to a lush, green venue with the help of the Austin City Council. This will make the wine and cuisine taste that much better. Austin Food and Wine Festival Reviews stated logistical concerns. So events have been staggered and more seating created for attendees during the demos, wine tastings, and grand tastings.
Are there any special events?
The Austin Food and Wine Festival kick-off party, The Taste of Texas, will be held in Republic Square Park. The focus here is on Texas. You will find the most talented Texas chefs share their cuisine with the sounds and dance of Delta Spirit and Whiskey Shivers.
For some competition, The Rock Your Taco will showcase prior years’ winner Chef Tyson Cole. He will defend his title against Marcus Samuelsson, Susan Feniger, Tim Love, and more. You will even be able eat the tacos and see for yourself who is the winner, all to the sounds of Allen Stone.
What are the prices?
The Savor Pass – $850. This is the see and be seen pass with nothing spared. You get all the ultimate access with true VIP treatment. The special events, Taste of Texas Kickoff Event and Rock Your Taco Celebrity Chef Showdown, is included as well as access to the VIP Lounge. 2-Year FOOD & WINE Magazine Subscription in included.
The Taste Pass – $250. You will get general access to all the events. You don’t have VIP access or a dedicated lounge, but you do get a 1-Year FOOD & WINE Magazine Subscription. The Taste of Texas event and Rock Your Taco Celebrity Chef Showdown can be added at a charge.
Should I go?
This truly is a world class event held in one of the County’s best Southern locations. Whatever your situation, if you like great cuisine and enjoy drinking wine, the Austin Food and Wine Festival is the place for you to be in April. Head over to the Austin Food & Wine Festival Reviews page on Yelp for more details.