Food and drink lovers of Austin: your annual behemoth of a culinary festival is just around the corner. This year’s Austin Food and Wine Festival — running from April 25 to 27 — will feature tastings, demonstrations, and every other vaguely culinary activity you could possibly imagine. There will be hands-on grilling tutorials, a taco competition, master chefs helping you hone your kitchen craft, local chefs bringing their A-game, oh, and music will be played — hey this is still Austin, after all.
Celebrity chefs in attendance for this year’s Festival will include Bizarre Food’s Andrew Zimmern, MasterChef’s Graham Elliott, and Top Chef Master Rick Bayless. At Taste of Texas, chefs from regional favorites like Ramen Tatsu-ya and Sway will have some of their signature dishes on display. New Zealand winery Kim Crawford will operate Casa Mariposa, a rest and relaxation area that will include slushies, wine, and a ping pong arena.
This year’s event will also include the separately ticketed Feast Under the Stars on April 24. This new pre-Festival dinner, prepared by five Texas chefs, will be held in Butler Park. However, according to the Austin Food and Wine Festival’s official website, tickets to this event have sold out.
Adam D’Arpino is the Restaurants Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow him on Twitter @AdamDArpino.