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The Essential Eater Guide to SXSW Events This Weekend

Photos: Opal Divine's, East Side King / Facebook,

It's finally, actually upon us: SXSW food events start this evening, and we've got you covered through the weekend. So whether you're into food trucks, local beer, or lots and lots of pork, we've got you covered. Best part? Most of it's free.

Also, we'll be announcing the winner of the tickets to the Get Sauced Pool Party and BBQ Challenge later, so stay tuned.

— With help from Eater Austin super intern Jasmin Sun.

Big Texas Beer Tweetup
March 10, 7:00PM to 10:00PM, Opal Divine's Freehouse, 700 W. 6th Street
Drink and talk about local beer with local "Twunkards" (tweeting drunkards) and brew masters. [Beertown Austin]

Squarespace Foodtruck Extravaganza
March 11-14, 11:00 AM until 7:00PM, 5th and Neches Streets.
Food from four of Austin's best trailers: Gourdoughs, Franklin BBQ, Man Bites Dog and East Side King. [Squarespace / Facebook]

The Green Room Hosted by Syncapse
March 12, 9:00PM to 1:30AM, Malverde (400 W. 2nd Street).
This official SXSW party promises to get you sauced with specialty cocktails from Malverde's in-house mixologists. RSVP required. [SXSW / Facebook via Do512]

TacoJournalism's SXSW Breakfast Taco Fiesta
March 13, 9:00AM, Brush Square Park - West Tent (409 E. 5th Street).
Little hangover cures wrapped in tortillas, breakfast tacos are an Austin institution. Join local bloggers the TacoJournalism Taco Mafia to cure what ails you with the likes of Takoba and Papalote. RSVP required. [TacoJournalism]

A Matter of Taste Premiere
March 13, 11:00AM, Vimeo Theater 501 East 4th St
This documentary about Paul Liebrandt follows the roller coaster that has been this New York chef's career. This is an official SXSW Films event. Check out the trailer (the name has changed). [SXSW]

The Foodspotting Street Food Fest
March 13, 11:00AM to 4:00PM, The corner of Second and Brazos streets.
Save on gas and sample dishes (including secret menu items!) from a handful of Austin's food truck heavy hitters. [Foodspotting via Statesman]

IdeaCOMM: Instant Data Evolves a Community
March 13, 12:00PM to 2:30PM, Parkside (301 E. 6th Street).
"SXSW’s first-ever virtual farm-to-table community" may exist only in the ether, but the actual food and drinks will be very real. Sign up for an invite. [Food and Tech Connect]

The Pork Experiment
March 13, 12:00PM to 4:30PM, Club de Ville (900 Red River Road).
Austin's home chefs face off in a cooking battle of porcine proportions. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 day-of. [Eaterwire]

Bacon Takedown
March 13, 8:00PM, Emo's.
Are there really still things people haven't done with bacon yet? Apparently: Pay $10 and chow down on the finest bacon-riddled creations Austin has to offer. [Bacon Takedown]

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