Text Size:-+
04.05.2012

Inaugural Austin Food and Wine Festival: April 27-29, Austin, TX

afwf_logo.pngThe quantity and quality of food and wine events in this country continues to improve with leaps and bounds. Once upon a time there were only one or two major (as in the kind of events that involve A-list celebrity chefs) food and wine festivals in the country. Now there seems to be a great event in most of the country's culinary capitals.

This year we get to add Austin, Texas to that list, as Austin hosts its first annual Food and Wine Festival. In typical texas fashion, it's not only big, but better. Because what could make your usual food and wine festival with celeb chefs, wine personalities, classes, tastings, and parties even better? Why, world class music, of course! Knowing a trip to Austin would never be complete without music, the organizers have gotten Lucinda Williams and Mayer Hawthorne on board to give concerts during the event.

What's not to love, then? Three days of eating, drinking, learning, listening, and rocking out in one of this country's coolest cities. The festivities kick off Friday April 27th with a big event in Republic Square Park. Saturday features a bevy of seminars, tastings, and the grand tasting tent, where scores of food vendors, wineries, and spirits manufacturers will let you sample their wares. And there's more of the same on Sunday the 29th.

Put on by the folks at Food & Wine Magazine, this event is a Tex-ified version of their Aspen Food & Wine Classic that is sure to go down well in the Lone Star State. Check the event web site for all the details.

The Inaugural 2012 Austin Food &Amp; Wine Festival
April 27-29, 2012
Auditorium Shores (map)
Republic Square Park (map)
Austin, Texas 78701

Tickets come in two varieties, the Weekender, which allows access to the grand tasting and seminars, at $250, and the VIP pass, which gets you into all the more exclusive parties, etc. for $850. Both are a decent value, if my experience at the Aspen Food & Wine Classic is any gauge. Tickets can be purchased on the event site.

Comments (2)

John Harkin wrote:
04.11.12 at 3:05 PM

Looks interesting, but the wine list isn't compelling at this price point.

Prakash wrote:
01.04.13 at 8:33 AM

Do you have any details about the 2013 Austin Food and Wine Festival? Is the wine list the same or is it going to be different than last year?

Comment on this entry

(will not be published)
(optional -- Google will not follow)
Yes
 

Type the characters you see in the picture above.

Buy My Book!

small_final_covershot_dropshadow.jpg A wine book like no other. Photographs, essays, and wine recommendations. Learn more.

Follow Me On:

Twitter Facebook Pinterest Instagram Delectable Flipboard

Most Recent Entries

Off to Portugal for a Drink Vinography Images: Hazy Afternoon The Dark Queen of Châteauneuf-du-Pape: Domaine du Pégau Does California Have Too Many AVAs? Vinography Unboxed: Week of October 26, 2014 Vinography Images: Shades of Autumn 16th Annual Pinot Fest: November 22, 2014 Hang out with the World's Top Wine Writers. For Free. Vinography Unboxed: Week of October 19, 2014 Vinography Images: Divine Droplets

Favorite Posts From the Archives

Masuizumi Junmai Daiginjo, Toyama Prefecture Wine.Com Gives Retailers (and Consumers) the Finger 1961 Hospices de Beaune Emile Chandesais, Burgundy Wine Over Time The Better Half of My Palate 1999 Királyudvar "Lapis" Tokaji Furmint, Hungary What's Allowed in Your Wine and Winemaking Why Community Tasting Notes Sites Will Fail Appreciating Wine in Context The Soul vs. The Market 1989 Fiorano Botte 48 Semillion,Italy

Archives by Month

 

Required Reading for Wine Lovers

The Oxford Companion to Wine by Jancis Robinson The Taste of Wine by Emile Peynaud Adventures on the Wine Route by Kermit Lynch Love By the Glass by Dorothy Gaiter & John Brecher Noble Rot by William Echikson The Science of Wine by Jamie Goode The Judgement of Paris by George Taber The Wine Bible by Karen MacNeil The Botanist and the Vintner by Christy Campbell The Emperor of Wine by Elin McCoy The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson The World's Greatest Wine Estates by Robert M. Parker, Jr.