Inclement Weather Shuts 2016 Austin Food and Wine Festival, Scheduled for This Weekend

The popular food festival, drawing chefs from all over the country, has been canceled due to recent and anticipated rainstorms

In what would have been its fifth year, the festival has been canceled over safety concerns about the event grounds.

The 2016 Austin Food and Wine Festival, scheduled to take place this weekend, has canceled all previously scheduled outdoor festivities, citing potential hazards from recent and expected rainstorms in the region.

“Due to recent and ongoing inclement weather saturating the grounds of Auditorium Shores and Republic Square Park, all outdoor Austin Food and Wine Festival programming has been canceled,” festival organizers said in a statement. “All paid ticket-holders will be refunded the amount of purchase to the original form of payment.”

Only two indoor events, Cheers to 130 Years on April 20, and Social Hour on April 22, will go on as planned.

In what would have been its fifth year, the popular weekend-long food festival included events with many of the country’s biggest celebrity chefs, including Andrew Zimmern, Amanda Freitag, Jonathan Waxman, Ming Tsai, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, and many others. 


Ticketholders can expect to receive refund information by email.