Foodies, get ready to whet your appetite. The Austin Food and Wine Festival announced Wednesday that the second annual festival will take place April 26 - 28, 2013.
The inaugural Austin Food and Wine Festival was held the last weekend of April 2012, taking the place of the 26-year run of the Texas Hill Country Food and Wine Festival.
"We've worked through the hiccups we ran into last year and the lineup for next year is going to be better than last year's, which is hard to do." - Chef Tim Love
Modeled after the Aspen Food & Wine Classic, the Austin Food and Wine Festival was met with its share of critiques (high ticket prices, limited activities for non-VIP ticket holders) and praises (unparalleled hands-on demos and grand tastings).
No matter which side of the spectrum you fall on, it's clear that the festival put Austin's culinary scene in the national spotlight and gave local top chefs an opportunity to get their hands dirty with culinary greats.
"I'm so excited for the next Austin Food and Wine Festival," says celebrated chef Tim Love of Fort Worth's Love Shack and Woodshed Smokehouse. Love is one of the festival's business partners, along with C3 Presents, Uchi's Tyson Cole and La Condesa's Jesse Herman.
"We've worked through the hiccups we ran into last year and the lineup for next year is going to be better than last year's, which is hard to do. This festival is really a big opportunity not only for Austin but for all of Texas to show what our food is all about," Love says.
The location for the 2013 Austin Food and Wine Festival has not yet been confirmed and the ticketing options have not been announced. The lineup, which is expected to exceed last year's list of talent, will be announced later this fall.
Visit the Austin Food and Wine Festival website for updates.