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Austin Food & Wine Festival 2016 Is Back With New Events and Local Chefs

No Sips & Sweets this year.

Austin Food & Wine Festival 2015
Austin Food & Wine Festival 2015
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.

Austin Food & Wine Festival is back for the fifth time this spring with three new separate events: Social Hour at The Roosevelt Room, a dinner celebrating The Driskill Hotel’s 130th anniversary, and Sunday Gospel Brunch. Dessert event Sips & Sweets isn’t returning.

The festival also announced the full lineup today, which includes recognizable Austin local chefs like Paul Qui, Tyson Cole, Bryce Gilmore, and many more. Taking place from Friday, April 22, to Sunday, April 24, tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today, Wednesday, January 20. The price structure includes all-inclusive passes, as well as tickets to the individual nighttime events.

Returning events include the Feast Under the Stars, the five-course dinner prepared by several chefs including David Bull, Tyson Cole, and Janina O’Leary. Then there’s the Taste of Texas and Rock Your Taco. The festival grounds feature Tim Love’s massive grilling demonstrations, the interactive fire pits, and chef showcases. The full rundown is below, more announcements will be made later.

Thursday, April 21

Feast Under the Stars
David Bull, Second Bar + Kitchen
Tyson Cole, Uchi, Uchiko
Omar Flores, Casa Rubia
Ford Fry, State of the Grace
Tim Love, Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Love Shack, Queenie's Steakhouse, White Elephant Saloon, Woodshed Smokehouse
Janina O’Leary

Friday, April 22

Taste of Texas
Tasu Aikawa, Ramen Tatsu-Ya
Matt Balke, Bolsa
Richard Blankenship, CBD Provisions
Luis Colon, Folc
Mary Cuclis, Pondicheri
Andrew Curren, ELM Restaurant Group
Adam Dorris, Pax Americana
Michael Fojtasek & Grae Nonas, Olamaie
Ford Fry
Diego Galicia & Rico Torres, Mixtli
Steve McHugh, Cured
Wayne Mueller
Susana Querejazu, Barley Swine, Odd Duck
Cody Sharp, Filament
Ryan Shields, Bullfight
Marc Vetri,Pizzeria Vetri

Social Hour
Justin Lavenue & Denis Gobis, The Roosevelt Room
Eric Silverstein, The Peached Tortilla

Saturday, April 22

Rock Your Taco
Hugh Acheson, Empire State South, Five & Ten, The Florence, The National
Jimmy Bannos & Jimmy Bannos Jr., Heaven on Seven, The Purple Pig, Juicy –O
Tyson Cole
Jason Dady, Tre Trattoria, Tre Enoteca, Two Bros BBQ, DUK Truck, B&D Ice House, Shuck Shack
Amanda Freitag, Chopped, American Diner Revival, Unique Eats
Bryce Gilmore
Antonia Lofaso, Scope Italian Roots, Black Market Liquor Bar
Tim Love
Paul Qui
Kent Rathbun
Aarón Sánchez, Johnny Sánchez, Chopped, Taco Trip
Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo, Animal, Son of a Gun, Trois Mec, Petit Trois
Ming Tsai, Blue Dragon, Blue Ginger
Jonathan Waxman, Adele’s, Bajo Sexto Taco, Brezza Cucina, Barbuto, Jams

Saturday, April 23, and Sunday, April 24

Fire Pits
Ned Elliot, Foreign & Domestic
Bryce Gilmore, Barley Swine, Odd Duck
Jack Gilmore, Jack Allen’s Kitchen
Paul Qui, Qui
Kent Rathbun, Abacus, Hickory, Jasper’s
Blaine Staniford, Grace, Little Red Wasp
Andrew Wiseheart, Contigo, Gardner

Chef Showcase
Joe Anguiano, VOX Table
Jeff Balfour, Southerleigh
John Bates & Brandon Martinez, Noble Sandwich Co.
John Brand, Hotel Emma
Damien Brockway, Counter 3. FIVE. VII
Thai Changtong, Thai Kun
Tyson Cole
Sonya Cotê, Hillside Farmacy, Eden East
Todd Duplechan & Melissa Moss, Lenoir
Kevin Fink, Emmer & Rye
Kazu Fukumoto, Fukumoto
James Holmes, Olivia
Josh Jones, Salt & Time
Clinton Kendall, East Side King
Lance Kirkpatrick, Stiles Switch BBQ
Tim Lane, Burn
Rick Lopez, La Condesa
Tim Love, Lonesome Dove
Harold Marmulstein, Salty Sow
Sarah McIntosh, Épicerie
Frank Mnuk, Geraldine’s
David Norman, Easy Tiger
Olivia O’Neal & Steve O’Neal, Sugar Mama’s
Michael Paley, South Congress Hotel
Ji Peng Chen & Ling Qi Wu, Wu Chow
James Robert, Fixe
Eric Silverstein, The Peached Tortilla
Anthony Sobotik, Lick Honest Ice Cream
Chris Turgeon, Unit D Pizzeria
Carmen Valera, Tamale House East
Casey Wilcox, Justine’s
Martin Wilda, Sway
Kevin Williamson, Ranch 616
Nicholas Yanes, Juniper
Carlos Ysaguirre, Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile