Sample the summer
Here are the 12 best food and drink events in Austin this August
You’ve watched everything in your Netflix queue and worn out your welcome at your BFF’s swimming pool. It may be hotter’n a blister bug in a pepper patch, but it’s time to suck it up and return to the land of the living. Luckily, this month is brimming with cool food and drink events to fill your summer days and nights.
Saturday, August 4
Pizza Bagel Pop-up at Wright Bros. Brew & Brew
Relive the days of Saved by the Bell and New Kids on the Block by enjoying everyone’s favorite ‘90s snack: pizza bagels. Every Saturday in August during normal business hours, Via 313 Pizzeria and Rosen’s Bagel Co. will meld their most popular offerings to raise money for Out Youth Austin. We recommend the Cadillac — gorgonzola, fig preserve, prosciutto, grated parmesan, and a balsamic glaze served on a rosemary bagel. Prices are $5.50 for one, $9 for two.
Meet the Pitmasters at The Switch
Drive out to the Texas Hill Country for a free behind-the-scenes look at Dripping Springs’ newest restaurant. Starting at 2 pm, pitmasters Christopher McGhee, Bill Dumas, Marco Oglesby, and Troy Warlick will lead the session, which includes a tour of the pit room. After the tour, stay for a cocktail or two during the eatery’s all-day happy hour.
White Linen Night at 2nd Street District
Yes, you are likely to leave with one or more stains on your immaculate white outfit, but that shouldn’t deter you from going to downtown’s hottest party. Nosh on bites from restaurants like Wu Chow, She’s Not Here, and La Condesa while grooving to a jams from Tameca Jones. VIP ticket holders get early entry, plus a pass to the official after party at W Austin. The swanky soiree takes place from 6-9 pm and benefits the Austin Food & Wine Alliance and the SAFE Alliance. Tickets are $55-$85.
Sunday, August 5
ATX Black Food Week
Sponsored by the Austin Justice Coalition, this week-long event highlights restaurants owned and operated by African-Americans. Each day through August 11, the tour makes a different stop for an eat and greet at eateries like Hoover's Cooking, Big Easy Bar & Grill, Mr. Catfish, and Sam's BBQ. Register for the event and see the full schedule here.
Wednesday, August 8
August Slow Session Tasting Tour with Texas Farmers' Market
Slow Food Austin hosts this free tour of the summer bounty available at the Texas Farmers’ Market at Mueller. Beginning at 7 pm, meet area farmers and food artisans while learning why eating local is important. Tickets are limited for this can’t-miss outing. RSVP now to reserve your spot.
Saturday, August 11
Ice Cream Social at Trace
Escape the summer heat from 3-5 pm at this chill event benefiting The SAFE Alliance. Donate unopened school supplies to earn your spoon. Chef Angel Begaye whips up a variety of frozen treats, including pistachio coffee ice cream with caramel drizzle and hazelnut crunchies, tamarind pops with chili salt, and vegan strawberry gelato. There will even be scoops for your pup. Find the list of needed classroom essentials here.
Sunday, August 12
Don’t Be a Drag, Just Be a Queen Brunch
Cap off Austin Pride weekend from noon-3 pm at a raucous brunch hosted by RuPaul’s Drag Race finalist Ginger Minj. While recovering from the previous night’s party and parade with pancake skewers and a little hair of the dog, enjoy entertainment from Kelly Kline, Ka’aliyah McKim Diamond, and Jorgeous and a special DJ set from Hi Fashion’s Jen Dm. And don’t forget to stop for a selfie in front of the rainbow glitter doughnut wall. General admission is $50 and proceeds benefit LGBTQ suicide prevention nonprofit The Trevor Project.
Plant Talk at Desert Door Distillery
Learn all about the latest desert spirit to take Austin by storm during this Driftwood distillery’s latest talk. From 6:30-8 pm, local expert Ben Glover will guide you through the nuances of sotol, and its cousins tequila and mezcal, while you sip on samples and a summery cocktails.
Sunday, August 26
Alaskan Seafood Dinner at Swift’s Attic
Swift’s Attic’s Rene De Leon and Guild’s Sterling Ridings team up for a stellar seafood dinner for Operation Turkey. The event starts at 5 pm with a cocktail hour featuring music from the “Godfather of Austin Blues,” WC Clark. Then it kicks into high gear with five imaginative courses expertly paired with wine. Seating is limited to 100 people and tickets are $100.
The Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival at Fiesta Gardens
Heat, schmeat! For 28 years, Austin’s alt-weekly has ignored the high temperatures to bring you a day filled with hundreds of fiery sauces, the city’s best food trucks, and sizzling musical acts like this years headliner, Little Joe y la Familia. Stop by between 11 am and 5 pm, and be sure to drink plenty of water. Admission is free with three nonperishable food items or a $5 donation to the Central Texas Food Bank.
Tuesday, August 28
Gettin’ Figgy With It: An Ice Cream Making Workshop at Craft
Lick Honest Ice Creams chef and co-founder Anthony Sobotik leads this hands-on workshop teaching you how to make ice cream like the pros. Start with a goat cheese base, add some wine-soaked figs, and voila, you’ll have a pint to share (or not, we won’t judge) with your whole family. The 6:30 pm class, benefiting the Sustainable Food Center, also includes wine from Becker Vineyards and the chance to win cookware from Made In. Can’t make this date? You’ll get a second chance to attend on August 30.
Thursday, August 30
Cider Release Supper Club at Puli-Ra
Try Texas Keeper Cider’s Auguste Cerise while enjoying three tasty courses from chef Deepa Shridhar’s kitchen. Starting at 7:30 pm, enjoy cross-cultural dishes like tamago with a marinated herb wrap and fried onion, a thali platter inspired by charcuterie, and BeeTree goat cheese flan served with Two Hives honeycomb and a cherry cider leche. Tickets are $50 and include two glasses of the new cider.