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Austin Food + Wine Festival pops the cork on big return for fall 2021

Austin Food + Wine Festival pops the cork on big return for fall 2021

Austin Food + Wine Festival
Cheers to the festival's return! Austin Food + Wine Festival/Instagram

Let’s all raise a toast to the fruitful return of one of Austin’s most enticing culinary events. After its pandemic-forced cancellation in 2020, the Austin Food + Wine Festival returns this fall for a weekend packed with food, wine, and spirits offerings from some of the area’s most noted chefs and brands.

The 10th annual Austin Food + Wine Festival will take place at Auditorium Shores and the newly refurbished Republic Square Park in downtown Austin November 5-7.

Tickets for the festival go on sale Wednesday, September 1 at

This year’s festival will feature all the favorite elements Austinites crave, from food competitions and cooking demos to interactive fire pit presentations, live music performances, book signings, and yeah, a whole heck of a lot of samples from local chefs and restaurants, and wine, beer, and, cocktail tastings.

While additional programming announcements will be made as the event nears, here’s currently what’s on tap for the festival:

On Friday, November 5, the fest kicks off with Grillin’ and Chillin’, chef Tim Love’s hands-on grilling dinner party at Auditorium Shores. The interactive and informative party will include grilling, drinks, and dinner beneath the Austin skyline. Grillin’ and Chillin’ attendees will share a charcoal grill with a partner and prepare their own dinner as Love guides them through the menu while offering tips for how to become a grilling expert. (Note: The Grillin’ and Chillin’ event is exclusively included with All-In tickets.)

On Saturday, November 6 and Sunday, November 7, the festival pops into high gear with cooking demonstrations, book signings, and an interactive area where chefs and pitmasters will cook over fire pits and offer samples to attendees. Current chefs planning to share their live-fire cooking expertise at the fire pits showcase include:

  • John Bates, InterStellar BBQ
  • Sonya Coté, Hillside Farmacy and Store House Market + Eatery
  • Lance Kirkpatrick, Stiles Switch BBQ
  • Tom Micklethwait and Ren Garcia, Micklethwait Craft Meats
  • Marco Oglesby, The Switch

Attendees can also get to sampling signature dishes from some of the Austin area’s favorite restaurants and chefs, including:

  • Christopher Andrews, TLC
  • Jeff Balfour, Southerl