Food & Wine
Austin Food & Wine Festival plates up extra helping of all-star chefs for this weekend's food festivities
Just because Austin City Limits Festival is over, doesn't mean festival season is over here in Austin. And for food lovers, one of the best festivals of the year is taking place this weekend. The Austin Food & Wine festival starts on Friday, November 4, and runs through Sunday, November 6.
As if the previously announced lineup of local, regional, and national chefs were not overwhelming enough, the festival recently released an update list for its Chef Showcase lineup, Rock Your Taco event, and Sunday Fire Pit. The Chef Showcase lineup now includes Kyle Mulligan (1417); Robert Mata (Benvolio’s); Laila Bazahm (Eberly); Tano Avila (Grizzelda’s); Nico Harrison (Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile); Wade Guice (Juliet Italian Kitchen); Mike Diaz (Oseyo); and Mike Warnock (The Dirdie Birdie). Amanda Turner (Olamiae) has joined the Rock Your Taco event and Terry Koval (The Deer and the Dove) will be at the Sunday Fire Pit. Be sure to check out our previous article for a full list of other chefs in the lineup.
As if a full weekend of eating and drinking for a cause was not overwhelming enough, the festival added several new events to keep on your radar this weekend. And while this may be bad news for an already-packed schedule, it's great news if you're currently hanging out on the waitlist for tickets, since several of these events are ticketed separately to the festival itself.
Powered by OpenTable, the most recent addition to the weekend's festivities will be a collaboration between top-rated local chefs and restaurants special guest chefs from around the country. Dining Series will take place across all three days of the festival, featuring collaborations between local stars such as Michael Fojtasek (Olamaie, Maie Day) and Tavel Bristol-Joseph (Canje, Emmer & Rye), and Fermín Núñez (Suerte, Este).
On Friday, Fojtasek will welcome special guests Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson of Los Angeles restaurant, Kismet, while Brisol-Joseph will partner with Maneet Chauhan, a regular judge on Chopped. Saturday's installment will see Fermín Núñez debut a new weekend lunch at his new East-side establishment, Este. The $115 pre-fixe menu will focus on seafood and includes a welcome cocktail. Tickets to all three events are separate to the festival itself and can be found at austinfoodandwinefestival.com/tickets.
Meanwhile, over at the main festival, another new addition to the lineup is equally star-studded. Dos Hombres Mezcal founders Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul will gather in the "Meet the Maker" tent on Saturday, November 5, at 3:45 pm to share the serendipitous story behind their brand. Mixologist Paul Ramon will mix a souvenir cocktail for the event, paired with a scallop aguachile from chef Alex Reyes.