Austin has so reverently supported indulgent food truck fare that our collective waistline should have doubled in size over the past year. However, if you’re one who has tired of casually noshing on fried treats and taco meats in makeshift parking lots, might I suggest you invest in a ticket to the Austin Food and Wine Festival, on sale Tuesday, Jan. 24 at noon.
C3 Presents (the same figureheads behind ACL and Lollapalooza) has procured an impressive roster of international food celebrities and chefs who will lead discussions, demonstrations and, of course, tastings.
Among the big names to look for are Masaharu Morimoto (Iron Chef, Morimoto New York) and Andrew Zimmern (Bizarre Foods). Locally, you will recognize Bryce Gilmore (Barley Swine), Aaron Franklin (Franklin Barbecue) and Rene Ortiz (La Condessa), among others.
You may purchase tickets at either the VIP or Weekender level; the different dollar amounts ($850 and $250, respectively) will earn you different amounts of perks. Particularly appetizing talks and tastings run the gamut from “If You Can Eat It, You Can Smoke It,” to “Cereal: It’s Not Just for Breakfast Anymore” and “Global Street Food.”
A portion of the Festival’s proceeds will benefit The Austin Food & Wine Alliance, dedicated to fostering awareness and innovation in the Central Texas food and wine community through grants, educational programming and events.
This April will mark Food and Wine Magazine’s first foray into the Texas market. No one forgets a first impression, so ticket-holders can be sure both the organizers and the talent will do their darnedest to earn the Lone Star State a permanent place on the destination food festival map.
Oh, and parents, call the babysitter. Your kids will kindly be declined entrance unless they are 21 years or older. C'est magnifique.