Get ready, food obsessives with an extra $250 or $850: the Austin Food and Wine Festival has announced its full line-up for 2014. The festival is packed full of prominent chefs, bartenders, sommeliers, and other industry experts. Attendees include Graham Elliott, Andrew Zimmerman, Jeni Britton Bauer, Rick Bayless, John Currence, Monica Pope, Ming Tsai, plus lots of top Austin talent like Paul Qui, Aaron Franklin, Alexis Chong, and Sarah McIntosh. Check out the full list of the many, many attendees on the festival's site.
The Austin Food and Wine Festival will take place from April 25-27, and tickets go on sale today, January 21 at 10 a.m.. This year's festival will also feature a separately ticketed event called Feast Under the Stars on April 24 in Butler Park. Check out Eater's recap of the 2013 event. The full press release is below.
Austin, TX (January 21, 2014) – Tickets for the third annual Austin FOOD & WINE Festival, April 25-27, 2014, will go on sale today, January 21st, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. CST, at www.austinfoodandwinefestival.com/tickets.· All Austin Food and Wine Festival Coverage [EATX]
The Austin FOOD & WINE Festival is presented in partnership with founders Charlie Jones (founding partner of C3 Presents, whose musical festival production credentials include Austin City Limits Music Festival and Lollapalooza); chefs Tim Love (Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Woodshed Smokehouse, Queenie's Steakhouse, Love Shack, White Elephant Saloon); Tyson Cole (Uchi & Uchiko); and restaurateur Jesse Herman (La Condesa & Sway); along with Christina Grdovic (publisher, FOOD & WINE).
The Festival will offer more than 40 events over three days, including hands-on grilling demonstrations, interactive fire pits helmed by an all-star lineup of Texas chefs, panel discussions, Grand Tasting tents offering food, wine and cocktail tastings, live music, book signings, and much more. Hosting a national and international audience of food, wine and music lovers, and featuring world-class chefs, sommeliers, cocktail experts, culinary personalities, and rising stars, the Austin FOOD & WINE Festival sets the stage to showcase the local talent and unique flavors of Texas in the "live music capital of the world."
A brand-new addition to the weekend is Feast Under the Stars, hosted at Austin's Butler Park. Thispre-Festival dinner will be a separately ticketed event, held Thursday, April 24. Feast Under the Starsis an intimate, outdoor celebration featuringfiveTexaschefs preparing an al fresco dinner. The collaborative, family-style menu will be prepared by chefsTim Love;Tyson Cole; Kent Rathbun (Abacus); Chris Shepherd (Underbelly); and Jodi Elliott(Bribery). Tickets for Thursday'sFeast Under the Starsare $185 per person, including paired wine and parking, and are purchased separately from the festival pass at www.austinfoodandwinefestival.com/tickets.
The 2014 Festival kicks off on Friday, April 25, with the Taste of Texas, held at Republic Square Park in the heart of downtown Austin, with a performance by Escort. With a lineup showcasing the Lone Star State's brightest chefs, the Taste of Texas will feature: Tatsu Aikawa (Ramen Tatsu-Ya); Alexis Chong (Sway); Jason Dady (Jason Dady Restaurant Group); Todd Duplechan & Jessica Maher (Lenoir); Omar Flores (Driftwood); Terrence Gallivan & Seth Siegel-Gardner (The Pass & Provisions); Diego Galicia (Mixtli); James Holmes (Lucy's Fried Chicken & Olivia); Matt McCallister (FT33); Wayne Mueller (Louie Mueller Barbecue); André Natera (Village Kitchen & Toko V);Hugo Ortega (Hugo's Restaurant & Backstreet Café); Jesse Perez (Arcade Midtown Kitchen); Blaine Staniford (Grace); Philip Speer (Uchi & Uchiko); and Justin Yu (Oxheart).
Saturday evening's Rock Your Taco competitionbrings out the competitive side of all participants. With live music from JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, chefs will square off against one another to create the ultimate taco, with winners chosen by an esteemed panel of judges, including Christina Grdovic, Graham Elliot (Graham Elliot Bistro) and Andrew Zimmern (television personality). Two-time Rock Your Taco champion Tyson Cole will defend his crown against the likes of Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill, Topolobampo, XOCO, Tortas Frontera & Frontera Fresco); David Bull (Congress, Second Bar + Kitchen & Bar Congress); Richard Blais (author; Juniper & Ivy, FLIP Burger & The Spence); John Currence (author; City Grocery Restaurant Group); Bryce Gilmore (Barley Swine & Odd Duck); Mike Lata (FIG & The Ordinary); Tim Love; Georgia Pellegrini (chef/author); Monica Pope (Sparrow & Beaver's); Kent Rathbun; Chris Shepherd; Ming Tsai (Blue Ginger & Blue Dragon); and Tandy Wilson (City House). Jeni Britton Bauer (Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams) will offer a sweet end to the night.
The festival grounds at Butler Park will once again be activated with interactive live-fire stations, where Texas chefs will be cooking over Fire Pits and offering tastes to attendees throughout the weekend. Due to the overwhelmingly positive response from last year, the 2014 program will feature two Fire Pit stations, showcasing four chefs each day, each offering a front-row experience cooking with live fire. Chefs include Tim Byres (Chicken Scratch & Smoke); Jason Dady; Ned Elliott (Foreign & Domestic); Aaron Franklin (Franklin Barbecue); Bryce Gilmore; John Russ (Lüke San Antonio); Paul Qui (Qui & East Side King); and Andrew Wiseheart (Contigo).
The Chefs' Showcase, featuring a dynamic roster of chefs serving tastes of their signature dishes to attendees. On Saturday and Sunday, mix and mingle in the tents while enjoying bites from Chefs' Showcase participants: John Bates & Brandon Martinez (Noble Sandwiches); Stefan Bowers (Feast Restaurant); Shawn Cirkiel (Parkside, Olive & June, Chavez & The Backspace); Kassie Harris (Whip In); Chris Hurley & Jennifer Costello (Bonneville); Allison Jenkins & Janina O'Leary (LaV); Josh Jones (Salt & Time); Lawrence Kocurek (Trace); Rick Lopez (La Condesa); Jeff Martinez (El Chile); Sarah McIntosh (Épicerie Café & Grocery); Scott Mechura (Goodall's Kitchen); Sandi Reinlie (Vespaio); Josh Watkins (The Carillon); and Kevin Williamson (Ranch 616).
A star-studded collection of sommeliers, beverage directors, mixologists and craft beer experts rounds out the Austin FOOD & WINE Festival line-up, including Master Sommelier Devon Broglie; Master Sommelier Craig Collins; sommelier Jill Gubesch (Frontera Grill); FOOD & WINE's executive wine editor Ray Isle; sommelier Vilma Mazaite (LaV); author Mark Oldman; and Nate Wales (La Condesa & Sway).
The complete list of programming, including panel discussions, cooking demonstrations and more, will be announced on February 25, 2014. Please visit www.austinfoodandwinefestival.com for more information.
Tickets for the 2014 Austin FOOD & WINE Festival are available in two options: Taste ($250) and Savor ($850), and are available at www.austinfoodandwinefestival.com/tickets. The Taste pass includes access to over 40 demos, hands-on experiences, seminars and tastings, and daily Grand Tasting events. Attendees who purchase the Taste pass also have the option to add on tickets for Friday night's Taste of Texas event ($150) and/or Saturday night's Rock Your Taco competition ($150). The Savor experience includes priority access to all demos, tastings and hands-on experiences, private Grand Tastings on Saturday & Sunday, access to a VIP lounge with a bar and additional tastings, and access to both the Taste of Texas and Rock Your Taco evening events. Tickets for Thursday's Feast Under the Stars are $185 per person, including paired wine and parking, and are purchased separately from the festival pass at www.austinfoodandwinefestival.com/tickets.