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How Chefs Are Making Up For Austin Food and Wine Festival's Cancellation

Fill up your weekend with food anyway

Guests at last year's Austin Food & Wine Festival
Guests at last year's Austin Food & Wine 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.

Now that Austin Food and Wine Festival is canceled this weekend because of wet grounds and impending storms, local chefs have a lot of extra food on their hands. Taking advantage of the edible excess, those Austin restaurants are offering the planned dishes anyway to the public. Here is Eater’s guide to where to find those tasty plates, from Contigo to Searsucker, or where to take advantage of that refunded ticket with discounts and happy hours, including Fixe and Counter 3.Five.VII.

Food donation organizations to keep in mind include Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, Mobile Loaves and Fishes, Keep Austin Fed, and Caritas of Austin.

This guide will be updated with more events and deals as announced. If you know of something, let Eater know in the comments or over the tipline.

  • Lenoir is turning sweet by inviting Serena Lissy Chocolates for bubbles happy hour in the wine garden on Friday, April 22 from 5 to 7 p.m.. The restaurant is also adding its AF&WF dish to the wine garden menu: yakitori antelope heart with fermented kohlrabi and umeboshi green strawberry relish.
  • Italic is continuing happy hour through Sunday, April 24, with free tiny focaccia sandwiches and spritzers. Friday hours are from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., Saturday 5 to 6:30 p.m., and Sunday from 3:30 to 10:30 p.m.
  • AF&WF guests can receive a free small plate with proof of purchase and reservations at Vox Table on Saturday, April 23.
  • Searsucker is setting up a special booth within the restaurant presenting its Grand Taste showcase dish, braised beef cheeks served with curried cauliflower puree and a mix of edamame, pickled carrots, and mint during the weekend. The same plate will be available for free to AF&WF ticketholders during dinner hours for free.
  • Fixe is offering an extra happy hour discount to AF&WF attendees with proof of purchase on Friday through Sunday, April 22 through 24, from 4 to 7 p.m.
  • Counter 3.Five.VII is hosting a festival happy hour on Saturday, April 23, starting at 4 p.m.
  • Contigo’s chef de cuisine Brian Moses is featuring his fire pit lamb and pig dish at the restaurant and sibling spot Chicon next week for free to would-have-been Austin Food and Wine attendees (with proof of purchase) as well as a la carte to others. It will be available on Monday and Tuesday, April 25 and 26, from 5 to 11 p.m.

Sway's pla thuna khrib. [Photo: Amira Jensen] Sway's pla thuna khrib. [Photo: Amira Jensen]

  • Easy Tiger is also selling Texas bourbon and pecan balls this weekend.
  • Delysia Chocolatier already made batches of chocolates, from regular like raspberry, to wacky, like fried chicken or baked potato, so the shop is hosting a free tasting with paired wines at the Culinary Center on Windy Terrace from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 23.
  • Downtown restaurant Revival Public House is giving out a free appetizer to guests with AF&WF receipts, including Creole corn pups, kimchi frito pie, and others.
  • Wine bar Vino Vino is letting anyone with an Austin Food and Wine pass take advantage of happy hour pricing all weekend long.
  • La Condesa is adding executive chef Rick Lopez’s prepared dish to the downtown restaurant’s menu this weekend: a quinoa totopo, made with roasted vegetables, skordalia, Thai chili, and marcona almonds. Each diner will also receive post-meal pineapple Mexican candies.
  • Sway is following suit by offering executive chef Martin Wilda’s pla thuna khrib with ahi tuna in a crispy rice flour shell.
  • Anyone with proof of AF&WF tickets can get 10% off all pies and free coffee from Tiny Pies.
  • AF&WF ticketholders can partake in food and drink specials at Burn starting at 11 a.m. Thursday through Sunday, April 21 through 24.

Already Happened

  • Since Marc Vetri's celebrity chef friends aren’t coming into town, he and executive chef Jeff Michaud are making customized pizza pies for guests tonight, Thursday, April 21 starting at 6 p.m. at Pizzeria Vetri.