The sixth annual Austin Food + Wine Festival will feature more than 40 events over three days at Auditorium Shores and Fair Market, including Friday night’s Lone Star Nights; Rock Your Taco competition on Saturday night; Sunday Gospel Brunch with The Warrior Gospel Band; hands-on grilling demonstrations; engaging cooking demonstrations; interactive fire pits helmed by an all-star lineup of chefs; food, wine and cocktail tastings in the Grand Taste Pavilion; live musical performances; chef tastings; book signings; and more.

On Thursday, April 27, the pre-Festival Feast Under the Stars, an intimate outdoor celebration, will be held on Festival grounds at Austin’s Auditorium Shores, offering a five-course, family-style menu with wine pairings from Jackson Family Wines. Chefs David Bull (Second Bar + Kitchen, La Corsha Hospitality Group); Tyson Cole (Uchi); Omar Flores (Casa Rubia); Ford Fry (State of the Grace); and pastry chef Janina O’Leary will prepare a collaborative, al fresco meal. Feast Under the Stars tickets are $250/per person (inclusive of wine pairings and parking) and must be purchased separately from any Festival tickets at

The 2017 Festival officially kicks off on Friday, April 28, with Lone Star Nights, held at Fair Market (1100 E 5th Street), with music by DJ DM. With a lineup showcasing Texas’ brightest chefs serving their riffs on global night market cuisine, Lone Star Nights will feature dishes from: Matt Balke (Bolsa); Julian Barsotti (Nonna); Junior Borges & Coner Sergeant (CBD Provisions); Thai Changthong (Thai-Kun); Luis Colon (Folc); Andrew Curren (ELM Restaurant Group); Kevin Fink (Emmer & Rye); Ford Fry; Diego Galicia & Rico Torres (Restaurant Mixtli); Steve McHugh (Cured); Wayne Mueller (Louie Mueller Barbecue); Paul Qui (Kuneho); Ryan Shields (Bullfight); and Danny Trace (Brennan’s of Houston).

On Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30, the Festival grounds at Auditorium Shores will come alive with cooking demonstrations, book signings and interactive stations where chefs will cook over live Fire Pits and offer tastes to attendees throughout the day. Offering three stations daily, the Fire Pits will provide an interactive experience cooking with live fire from chefs Sonya Coté (Eden East, Hillside Farmacy); Michael Fojtasek (Olamaie); Bryce Gilmore (Barley Swine, Odd Duck);Kent Rathbun (Shinsei); Blaine Staniford (Grace, Little Red Wasp); and Andrew Wiseheart (Contigo, Contigo Catering, Chicon).

From first bites to music-filled nights, here’s what’s in store for our guests:


All weekend long, indulge in artisanal food, wine, beer, and spirits from hundreds of purveyors.



Over 40 demos and tasting sessions stocked with kitchen secrets, war stories, and more — straight from the experts.

Dig In


Mingle with the chefs, or throw on your apron and fire up a grill with the pros.

Say Hello


From an intimate kickoff dinner to taco duels and live music, get ready to extend the party into the night.

Let’s Party


Get prepped for tastings, libations, hands-on grilling demos, and more from the world’s rising cultural and culinary city. The Austin Food + Wine Festival returns with top chef talent, sommeliers and winemakers from across the nation and Austin’s own acclaimed gourmet scene for an experience unlike any other.

For 2017, we’ve packed your itinerary with more grill flares and top-shelf pairs, including up-close and personal access to culinary, wine and spirit talent at dozens of cooking demos, wine and cocktail seminars. Indulge in The Grand Taste Pavilion, showcasing over 50 of the finest beverages from across the nation, and 40 food artisans from Austin and beyond. Plus, pick up copies of inspiring cookbooks and get them signed by your favorite chefs in the Autograph Tent.

From tacos and tequila to grilling and grapes, spoil yourself with the sights, sounds and signature flavors that make Austin the hip destination it is today. For 2017 updates, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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