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Where to Celebrate Diwali in Austin With Food

From a Hindu temple’s celebration with food and ceremonies to a Deepavali-slash-Thanksgiving dinner

A bunch of little birds in a cast-iron pan being cooked.
Making quail at Tamilian Texan Kitchen.
Tamilian Texan Kitchen
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.

Diwali, the festival of lights for Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains, takes place this month. The holiday celebrates the idea of good winning over evil through partaking in food and sweets, lighting lamps, and going all out with marigold decorations. In the Austin area, there are several events full of food for the multi-day celebration.

The five-day celebration begins on Friday, November 10, with the actual Diwali taking place on Sunday, November 12, and ends on Wednesday, November 15.

Everything below is listed in chronological order. If there are other events/restaurants/etc hosting Diwali celebrations with food and/or drink, let Eater know through

Thursday, November 9 through Saturday, November 11

Tamilian Texan Kitchen
The Training Kitchen, 1901 Matthews Lane, South Austin
Austin chef Deepa Shridhar is dedicating the next dinners of her monthly series to Diwali (also known as Deepavali for South Indians) with a Thanksgiving tie. The dinners will include dishes like coconut-fried onion naan croissants with a green bean casserole, chicken-fried quail, and a dessert thali.
Prices: Tickets are $115
When: The three dinners start at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, November 10 through Saturday, November 11

Kalasi Cellars
414 Goehmann Lane, Fredericksburg
The Hill Country winery is teaming up with chef Roshni Gurnani to present a coursed dinner for Diwali/Deepavali. The three-course meal will include dishes like daal bhaat (stewed lentils), saffron rice pulao with spiced ribs, and carrot halwa. There are vegan options. Also say hello to the llama.
Prices: Alas, the meals are sold out, but email to get on the waiting list.
When: The two dinners begin at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 11

Radha Madhav Dham
Shree Raseshwari Radha Rani Temple, 400 Barsana Road, Far West Austin
The Hindu temple is hosting a big Diwali event with lots of food, dancing, ceremonies, and performances, with indoor and outdoor areas. Food will be served from 6 to 9 p.m.
Prices: Free to enter, parking is $10.
When: 6 to 10:30 p.m.

Kalasi Cellars

414 Goehmann Lane, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624 Visit Website