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A Look Ahead at Austin’s April Food and Drink Events

New month, eight new food and drink events

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Oskar Blues Brewery's Burning Can Festival
Oskar Blues Brewery's Burning Can Festival
Oskar Blues Brewery/Official
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.

When: Until Saturday, April 30
What: To celebrate the gelato shop’s first birthday, Gemelli is offering $5 negronis all month.
Where: Gelateria Gemelli, East 6th Street

When: Friday, April 22, to Sunday, April 24
What: Austin Food & Wine Festival returns to Austin for the fifth year, bringing along a lineup including local chefs like Tyson Cole, Janina O'Leary, Odd Duck, Ramen Tatsu-ya, alongside national favorites like Hugh Acheson, Antonia Lofaso, Andrew Zimmern, Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo, and many others. There will be cooking demos, seminars, fire pits, and the taco contest. New to this year's festival is the Social Hour at the Roosevelt Room, which is already sold out.
Where: Auditorium Shores and Republic Square Park.
More info: Ticket packages range from $250 to $625.
The festival was canceled this week.

When: Friday, April 22, 4 to 5 p.m.
What: Along with making an appearance at Austin Food & Wine Festival, Georgia chef Hugh Acheson is making time for a quick signing of his latest cookbook The Broad Fork.
Where: Metier, South First.
Since AF&WF was canceled, Acheson isn't coming to Austin.

When: Saturday, April 23
What: Even though the Colorado brewery’s Austin home won’t be ready until next month, Oskar Blues is still hosting its signature beer, music, and sports (beer relay, biking) festival in a different location. Breweries lined up span the world, from Alaskan Brewing, Asahi Brewery in Japan, to locals like Independence Brewing Company.
Where: Walter E. Long Park, 6614 Blue Bluff Road
More info: Advanced tickets are $35 and $40 at the door, with advanced VIP tickets for $65, and $70 at door.


When: Sunday, April 3
What: Together with musical performances from Bob Schneider, Asleep at the Wheel, and others, New Orleans chef John Besh is cooking up a VIP brunch for the Louisiana-themed festival, alongside a giant crawfish boil.
Where: Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park
More info: Advanced tickets are $30, $40 day of, and $150 for VIP.

When: Thursday, April 7, 6:30 to 9 p.m. 
What: Meat lovers will head to the Austin Food and Wine Alliance event and gorge on all things beef made by chefs from Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas. The full line up includes barbecue from Franklin, Bloody Mary beef ribs from Freedmen's, beef tongue pastrami from Filament, ice cream with beef fat jalapeno bread crumbs from Spun, and much more.
Where: The Salt Lick
More info: Tickets are $85.

When: Saturday, April 16, 2 to 4 p.m.
What: Have a great curry recipe or just a big fan of the spicy dish? Head to the Austin Food Blogger Alliance’s cook-off, where cooks will compete to see who makes the best in Austin.
Where: Shangri-La, East 6th Street
More info: Advanced tickets are $15, $20 at the door.

When: Saturday, April 16, 6:30 p.m. 
What: Austin restaurants are putting together special picnic baskets for the Waller Creek fundraiser for an outdoor dining evening. While hot baskets from Franklin Barbecue, Home Slice, and Lucy's Fried Chicken are sold out already, there are still options available from El Naranjo, Justine's, Lenoir, and more.
Where: Palm Park
More info: Baskets begin at $50.

Métier Cook's Supply

1805 S First Street, Austin, TX (512) 276-2605 Visit Website

Cedar Park Center

2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park, TX 78613 (512) 600-5000 Visit Website


1016 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702 (512) 524-4291 Visit Website


70 Westgate Parkway, , NC 28806 (828) 565-6111 Visit Website

Auditorium Shores at Lady Bird Lake

800 W. Riverside Dr., Austin, TX 78704 (512) 495-9163 Visit Website

Republic Square Park

422 Guadalupe Street, Austin, TX 78704 Visit Website

Walter E Long Metropolitan Park

6614 Blue Bluff Rd, Austin, TX 78724 (512) 926-5230 Visit Website

The Salt Lick

18300 Farm to Market Rd 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619 (512) 858-4959 Visit Website