Yesterday, a group of Austin chefs and restaurant owners led by Tyson Cole and Austin City Limits organizers C3 announced a new event coming to Austin in the Spring of 2012: the Austin Food & Wine Festival. Below, local media gets excited, talks details, and even gives some advice.
· The Statesman talked to Mayor Leffingwell, who's excited about all the tourist dollars the festival will bring in (obviously), as well as Fort Worth chef Tim Love, who says he's going to call in some favors to get his chef pals in town.
· La Condesa owner Jesse Herman told Texas Monthly the festival will definitely have a local flavor "that is representative of the changing food scene in Austin as well as the rest of Texas."
· The Austin Business Journal takes a look at the numbers generated by the festival's predecessor, the Hill Country Wine & Food Festival.
· Addie Broyles at the Statesman has some advice for C3 and Food & Wine on how to make the festival a success: prepare for huge crowds, pay attention to local chefs and vendors, and include a few low-cost events to allow more people to participate. Also: events for kids?
· Hill Country Wine & Food Festival president Cathy Cochran-Lewis told Community Impact "This opportunity aligns really well with the festival we've had and our mission to create a platform of awareness of the outstanding chefs, restaurants, artisan producers, wines, spirits and culinary businesses that make up our culinary culture here."
· Austin Food & Wine Festival [Official Site]
· All Austin Food & Wine Festival Coverage on Eater Austin [-EATX-]