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Austin Food + Wine Festival reveals more tasty programming details for 2015

Austin Food + Wine Festival reveals tasty programming details for 2015

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This year's fest features Mystery Challenge demos with Andrew Zimmern. Courtesy of Austin Food & Wine Festival

The world's largest hands-on grilling demo isn't the only thing to look forward to at the 2015 Austin Food + Wine Festival. On Wednesday, the fest announced details for the demos and showcases that make the annual event so tasty. 

The weekend will be peppered with award-winning chefs from Texas and beyond sharing secrets with fans and showcasing their signature fare. Here's a rundown of some of the top attractions.  
In Spring Has Sprung: A Fava-orite Ingredient, Top Chef guest judge Hugh Acheson will share the secret to turning fava beans into a lip-smacking soup and salad. Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern and Graham Elliot of Graham Elliot Bistro will throw down Chopped-style during their Mystery Challenge demonstrations. And to everyone's delight at For Goodness Steak, Top Chef All-Stars alum Richard Blais will reinvent the Salisbury steak into a decadent dish. 
In addition to Austin faves like Paul Qui and Tyson Cole, other top Texas talent will be on display. 
Chris Shepherd of Underbelly in Houston plans to take attendees on a cast iron cooking adventure. "Underbelly celebrates the diverse cultures of Houston, and I love cooking any dish with international flavors," he says. "Cast iron is a great tool for cooking — it holds its heat better than any other pan. It’s so porous that, over time, it takes on flavors of the dishes cooked in it. The older a cast iron pan, the better a tool it is. It’s a pan that lasts forever."

Matt McCallister of Dallas' FT33 will shed light on his his whole-plant philosophy during Preservation for the Modern Pantry. "Old World practices have become the New World philosophy in kitchens these days. By adapting these techniques with modern ingredients, we are creating a fresh chapter in food. Having a vegetable be the showcase of a dish is much more fun than a slab of meat."

And if you just want to eat, the fest has that covered, too. The Chef Showcase will feature a huge roster of Austin's best chefs. John Bates (Noble Sandwich Co.), Shawn Cirkiel (Olive & June), Tyson Cole (St. Philip), Todd Duplechan (Lenoir), Jesse Griffiths (Dai Due), James Holmes (Olivia), Lance Kirkpatrick (Stiles Switch BBQ), Ji Peng Chen and Ling Qi Wu (Wu Chow), Kevin Garrett (Bufalina), Josh Jones (Salt & Time), and Lawrence Kocurek and Eric Earthman (Counter 3. FIVE. VII) are among those serving.

The 2015 festival features expanded ticketing options: The All-In option ($550) and The Weekender pass ($250). For more details and a full list of participants, visit