Live Fire! Returns

Favorite foodie event brings the heat to the heart of Austin

Favorite foodie event brings the heat to the heart of Austin

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Live Fire! heats up Camp Mabry April 6. Photo by Max Photography

One of Austin’s most anticipated food and beverage events will heat up a new location this year. Live Fire!, organized by and benefiting the Austin Food and Wine Alliance, previously held court at the Salt Lick Pavilion, but the seventh annual meat-centric event will be held at Camp Mabry. It takes place Thursday, April 6, at 7 pm.

"Although we’ve loved hosting Live Fire! in the Texas Hill Country, in our seventh year we wanted to bring the event closer in, and we’ve found a great partner and location with Camp Mabry,” says Mariam Parker, executive director of the Austin Food and Wine Alliance.

“This unique central location, just three miles from downtown Austin, not only allows greater accessibility and shorter drives for our attendees, but also offers a pristine setting in a grassy picnic area with lots of trees and a stream nearby. We think it will be the perfect backdrop for everyone’s favorite live-fire cooking event!"

This year’s event brings together masters of beef from all over the Lone Star State. More than 20 chefs will fire up unique dishes representing more than a dozen countries and cuisines, from India and Japan to Argentina and Korea.

Expect mouthwatering specialties like Korean galbi smoked baby back ribs with smoked kimchi from Jason Dady of Two Bros. BBQ Market (San Antonio), juniper-crusted Wagyu carpaccio with spring pea pesto from L’Oca d’Oro’s Fiore Tedesco, and fire-roasted steamship round in the style of a gyro from John Tesar of Knife in Dallas. Yes, Aaron Franklin will be serving his smoky beef too.

There will be sweet bites from renowned pastry chefs Laura Sawicki of Launderette, Mary Catherine Curren of Italic, and Derrick Flynn of Wu Chow. Drinks will include a wide array of specially paired wines, including a “Rosé Row,” featuring more than a dozen premium rosés from around the world, plus local brews and premium spirits. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to sample the 2016 Official Drink of Austin: Geraldine’s Far From the Tree.

A first-time VIP offering ($125) includes a special cocktail experience provided by Tequila Patrón. General admission tickets are $85 each. Tickets are still available for online purchase but are expected to sell out soon.