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Aaron Franklin Creates New Austin Food Festival With Co-Founder of Feast

Of course there’ll be barbecue.

Aaron Franklin at last year's Texas Monthly Barbecue Festival
Aaron Franklin at last year's Texas Monthly Barbecue Festival
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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Brisket whisperer Aaron Franklin is launching his very own food festival next spring, along with co-founder of Portland’s Feast Mike Thelin, as reported by Austin360. The two are also partnering up with James Moody, owner of Mohawk and co-founder of Fun Fun Fun Fest.

The festival will be centered on what Franklin does best: fire. The unnamed small event will take place during a to-be-announced weekend, and participating chefs haven’t been named yet. He told Austin360:

If you want to make something cool in Austin, well gosh darn it, you can do it [...] We’re going to keep it super real and invite people we’re friends with and respect in the food world.

The city's other springtime food festival, Austin Food and Wine Festival, is set for April 22 through 24 next year. Feast, Portland’s food and drink festival, is taking place this week. This includes the first ever celebration of all things fire with Smoked! Franklin is also hosting a sold-out cookout at Stumptown Coffee on Friday, September 18.