Downtown this April: Austin FOOD & WINE Festival
From Rob Roy to Lake Travis, Austin-area foodies are lining up to tantalize their tastebuds. The last weekend in April, they will join chefs, winemakers, and sommeliers from across the U.S. for two days of epicurean adventure at the first-ever Austin Food and Wine Festival, presented by FOOD & WINE Magazine! Offering more than 40 events over three days, the inaugural Austin FOOD & WINE Festival will include grand tasting tents, seminars, chef demonstrations, hands-on classes, wine and cocktail tastings, book signings, and more. Live music will play an integral role in the festival. In addition to an appearance by the legendary Lucinda Williams, attendees will enjoy performances by the Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys, Blue October, Bear in Heaven and Nocturnal Wonderland, to name a few. “We've combined the expertise of epicurean talent scouts FOOD & WINE and the festival star-power of Texas-based C3 Presents (renowned for Austin City Limits and Lollapalooza) with the emerging foodie destination of Austin. It's going to be a dream weekend, jam-packed with tasting tents, hands-on and interactive cooking demonstrations and wine seminars, live musical performances and many takes on the taco. This is a food festival like only Texas can throw!" raves staff-member Sarah Abell. The Austin FOOD & WINE Festival is a newly formed partnership including chef Tyson Cole, chef Tim Love, restaurateur Jesse Herman and C3 Presents. Featuring world-class chefs, sommeliers, cocktail experts, culinary personalities, rising stars, and musical acts, Austin FOOD & WINE Festival will attract a national and international audience of food, wine and music lovers, while showcasing the talent, innovation and unique flavors of Texas. A portion of festival proceeds will benefit The Austin Food & Wine Alliance, a 501 C(3) organization dedicated to fostering awareness and innovation in the Central Texas food and wine community through grants, educational programming and events. Featured Talent: - Tony Abou-Ganim (author and founder of The Modern Mixologist) - Michelle Bernstein (chef, Michy's restaurant) - Tyson Cole (chef/owner, uchi and uchiko) - Ray Isle (executive wine editor, FOOD & WINE) - Anthony Giglio (author, sommelier, media personality) - Elizabeth Karmel (executive chef, Hill Country Barbecue Market NYC and Washington, D.C., and Hill Country Chicken) - Tim Love (chef/owner, The Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, The Love Shack and The Woodshed) - Mark Oldman (author, media personality) - Tony Mantuano (cookbook author and chef/partner, Spiaggia, Cafe Spiaggia, Terzo Piano and Bar Toma) - Jim Meehan (mixologist and author) - Masaharu Morimoto (chef and author) - Marcus Samuelsson (chef/owner, Red Rooster Harlem and co-founder, FoodRepublic.com) - Gail Simmons (author and special projects director, FOOD & WINE, and Top Chef judge) - Christina Tosi (chef/owner, Momofuku Milk Bar) - Jonathan Waxman (chef/owner, Barbuto NYC) - Joshua Wesson (award-winning author, wine retailer and former top-gun sommelier) Tickets for the Austin FOOD & WINE Festival are $250 for a Weekender pass, and $850 for a VIP pass. All attendees must be 21 years of age or older. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the website. Bon appétit! The Austin REALTORS® at Regent Property Group support organizations like The Austin Food & Wine Alliance. They also believe in helping homebuyers stay on top of the Austin real estate market. On the lookout for a Luxury Home in Austin, Texas? Check out Austin Home Search!