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Aaron Franklin’s Hot Luck Festival Is Coming Back in 2019

Plus an Austin hummus truck shutter, and more news

Smoking at the Franklin Barbecue backyard party at Hot Luck
Smoking at the Franklin Barbecue backyard party at Hot Luck
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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.

— Austin food festival Hot Luck is coming back again next year for the third time with its signature mix of food events and concerts. The festival, run by Aaron Franklin, Mike Thelin, and James Moody, will take place on Memorial Day weekend from Thursday, May 23 through Sunday, May 26, 2019.

Changes to the event include a new food and film event being held in conjunction with Alamo Drafthouse across the country, as well as a new time slot for Franklin Barbecue’s backyard party (which will take place on Friday).

Currently, the festival’s Whole Enchilada passes, which allow entry to all events, are now available for sale for $500. Partial proceeds will go towards the Safe Alliance again.

— Austin roaming food truck Ramona’s Hummus & Pita, known for its chickpea spread found in sandwich, bowl, salad, or loaded fries form, is closing. Its last day of service will be held on Saturday, October 27, when it participates in the annual Trucklandia event.

Chronicle writer Dan Gentile attended the Guy Fieri-dedicated pub crawl that happened in Austin over the weekend and found people who genuinely admire the Platinum Prince.