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

New month, ten new food and drink events

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Queso from 2015’s Quesoff
Queso from 2015’s Quesoff 
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: Throughout the month of August
What: Torchy's Tacos' mega-hot taco month is on this August, where increasingly spicy tacos will be made available at all locations, from the comparatively mild Barn Burner with a manzano chile salad, to the scorching Scalding Pig with ghost pepper. Those who manage to finish all four will have bragging rights.
Where: All locations of Torchy’s Tacos
More info: Check out the full taco schedule.

When: Thursday, August 4, registration at 6 p.m., event at 7 p.m.
What: Since the Olympics are rolling around this week, the Paramount Theater is hosting a booze-filled contest where teams will face each other in games like flip-cup, plus partake in tailgating. The afterparty is being held at Aussie's Grill at 9 p.m.
Where: Austin American-Statesman, 305 South Congress Avenue
More info: Tickets for attendees are $25.

When: Saturday, August 6, 1 to 6 p.m.
What: Behold the history of beer with the pop-up hops museum, which features a showcase of beers throughout the history like ancient beer jugs, and more. There will be beer tastings from host brewery Last Stand available too. Keep an eye out for future dates. The goal is to turn the mobile museum into a brick and mortar eventually.
Where: Last Stand Brewing Company, Far West Austin
More info: Learn more about the museum from Austin Monthly.

When: Saturday, August 6, 6 to 9 p.m.
What: The annual block party is back again on 2nd Street, benefitting Sustainable Food Center. The food lineup includes Alcomar, La Condesa, Thai Fresh, and more, with beers from 4th Tap Brewing Co-op and lots of wine.
Where: 2nd Street, Downtown
More info: General admission tickets are $35, and $50 for VIP.

When: Every Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.
What: The South Congress Hotel's ice cream Sundays continue this month. Look out for special frozen treats whipped up by executive pastry chef Amanda Rockman in the hotel's courtyard, alongside drink specials, and music. Guest chef Chicago’s Dana Cree from The Publican will team up with Rockman on Sunday, August 14.
Where: South Congress Hotel, South Congress

When: Thursday, August 11, 6 to 10 p.m.
What: The annual benefit for the Lone Star Paralysis returns with bites from Austin restaurants, like Barley Swine, Second Bar + Kitchen, Vox Table, and others, an open bar from Treaty Oak Distillery and Patron, music, and an auction.
Where: AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, Campus
More info: General admission tickets are $75; VIP are $125.

When: 7:30 p.m., Monday, August 15; 7:15 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, August 16 and 17
What: To helm the release of animated satirical comedy Sasuage Party, Alamo Drafthouse is hosting a literal sausage party with the city’s best sausage makers. The audience will be able to order sausages from two different restaurants each day, and whichever sells the most will win. Monday is Frank and Easy Tiger, Tuesday La Barbecue and Micklethwait Craft Meats, and Wednesday is Swift's Attic versus Dai Due.
Where: Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, Dirty Sixth
More info: Tickets are $12.

When: Tuesday, August 16, 5 to 9 p.m.
What: It’s the last Trailer Food Tuesday of the year, with the food truck lineup to be announced later. July's roundup included Lard Have Mercy, Melted, Wholly Kabob, Yeti Frozen Custard, and others.
Where: Long Center, South Austin

When: Saturday, August 20, 2 to 5 p.m.
What: Queso fans, the yearly cheesy dip match is back this month. Teams will compete to see who makes the very best queso in four different categories, including the wild card.
Where: Mohawk, Red River
More info: The event is free, bags of chips are $5. Entries are still being accepted.

When: Sunday, August 21, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
What: Because it's so hot, and because focused food festivals are fun, Chronicle’s hot sauce one is happening right after the Quesoff. Along with the fiery condiment, there will be food from places like Kesos Taco House, Mighty Cone, Frank, Amy's Ice Cream, and others. Plus, there’s a chicken wing eating competition.
Where: Fiesta Gardens, Holly
More info: For entry, either donate $5 for Central Texas Food Bank or bring 3 non-perishable food items.

Fiesta Gardens

2101 Jesse E Segovia St, Austin, TX 78702 (512) 480-3036 Visit Website

South Congress Hotel

1603 South Congress Avenue, , TX 78704 (512) 920-6405 Visit Website

Torchy's Tacos

1822 South Congress Avenue, , TX 78704 (512) 916-9025 Visit Website

The Mohawk

912 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 666-0877 Visit Website

AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center

1900 University Ave. (W. Martin Luther King Blvd.), Austin, TX, Austin, TX 78705 (512) 404-1900 Visit Website

Long Center

701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704 (512) 457-5100

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema [South Lamar]

1120 South Lamar Boulevard, , TX 78704 (512) 861-7040 Visit Website

Last Stand Brewing Company

7601 South Congress Avenue, , TX 78745 (512) 568-2800 Visit Website