The 2015 Austin Food + Wine Festival spanned four days and featured bites, beverages, demos and more from chefs, artisans and restaurants from Austin and around the country. This fourth edition of the festival also marked the return to our original home at Auditorium Shores, overlooking the ever-changing Austin skyline.
Feast Under the Stars
The gourmet weekend officially kicked off on Thursday night with the one-of-a-kind dining experience of Feast Under the Stars. Guests from Austin and beyond enjoyed a 5-course meal featuring creative dishes from Tyson Cole, Tim Love, Jason Dady, Matt McAllister and Erica Waksmunski.
Taste of Texas
Friday evening’s Taste of Texas party at Republic Square Park was a fun-filled night of innovative bites from around the state. Guests mixed and mingled while sampling fare from top Texas chefs including Hugo Ortega (Hugo’s, Houston), Quealy Watson (Hot Joy, San Antonio), Blaine Staniford (Grace and Little Red Wasp, Fort Worth) and many more!
Sips & Sweets
After Taste of Texas, the Friday night party continued at Mellow Johnny’s with the dessert and drink-filled Sips & Sweets, featuring creative desserts from some of the city’s most talented pastry chefs including Thomas Calhoun, Mary Catherine Curren, Janina O’Leary, Nicole Patel and Callie Speer.
Saturday at The Fest
To start off the day, Tim Love kept his hands-on grilling traditions alive with white wine, tequila shots and useful tips that guests were more than excited to try for themselves.
Fire Pit station chefs invited fans to check out their setups, snag some pointers and try some uniquely smoky meats & eats in between demos.
And speaking of demos, in an interesting and entirely unexpected twist this year, Graham Elliot and Andrew Zimmern took their “Mystery Challenge” demo to another level – complete with the wrestling gear to match. Fans were treated to an unforgettable cooking duel between two of the hottest chefs in the country as they battled it out in their side-by-side demo tents.
Rock Your Taco
For this year’s Rock Your Taco competition, chefs from across the country including Antonia Lofaso, Tyson Cole, Hugh Acheson, Tim Love, Jenn Louis and more presented guests with a range of inventive and flavorful taco interpretations. Richard Blais was also on hand to defend his 2014 win, but in the end, the judges awarded Tim Love the prized guitar for his Fried Beef Tendon taco.
Lee Fields and the Expressions brought their soulful sounds to the party as guests sampled their way around Republic Square Park enjoying refreshing beer, wine and cocktails.
Sunday at The Fest
From enjoying even more Fire Pit action to scoping out Day Two of the Grand Tasting, AFW fans took advantage of every minute of Sunday’s activities around the park. Festival goers also packed in another afternoon full of lessons with demos like Mark Oldman’s “Wines for IPO Millionaires” and Tyson Cole’s “Uchi & Sushi.”
Thanks Austin & See You in 2016!