Food Is For Lovers Official Contest Rules


*Updated 1/29/16


Hot Fire, LLC (the “Sponsor”) is sponsoring the Food is for Lovers Giveaway (the “Sweepstakes”) in conjunction with the 2016 Austin Food + Wine Festival (the “Festival”) scheduled to be held on April 22-24, 2016 at Auditorium Shores and Republic Square Park in Austin, TX (the “Venue”).

Participation in the Sweepstakes is subject to the following official Sweepstakes rules (the “Rules”):


This Sweepstakes begins on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 10:00 AM CT and ends on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 5:00 PM CT.


No purchase or other consideration is necessary to enter or win. To enter, the participant must be a legal U.S. resident living in the forty-eight (48) contiguous United States and Washington DC at the time of entry. Void in Alaska, Hawaii, New York, Florida, Rhode Island, Puerto Rico, Guam and in all other territories where restricted or prohibited by law. Participant must also be 21 years of age or older. Questions about eligibility will be determined by documentary evidence (either a valid driver’s license, state ID card, or U.S. passport). No more than one entry per eligible email account will be accepted regardless of the number of entries submitted. No employee or immediate family member of Sponsor is eligible to enter the Sweepstakes. All applicable federal, state, and local rules apply. Participants are required to provide truthful information to Sponsor and Sponsor may use discretion to disqualify and/or remove participants if it is believed a participant is acting fraudulently. Any automated receipt confirming delivery does not constitute proof of actual receipt of an entry by Sponsor. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, or misdirected registrations, which will be disqualified. Limit one (1) entry per participant during the Sweepstakes Dates. Other restrictions may apply.


Visit and successfully enter your email address. Entering an email address is solely for the purpose of entering the Sweepstakes and for winner notification. Participant’s email will not be added to any mailing list unless Participant has affirmatively agreed to be added by checking the box to have Participant’s email address added to any such mailing list. If a participant chooses to enter using participant’s mobile device, standard mobile and/or data fees may apply. Participants should consult their wireless service provider’s for details. By entering via mobile device such Participant agrees to incur any and all charges demanded by participant’s wireless service provider and may be subject to the terms and conditions of the participant’s respective wireless service provider. Participant should also check the device’s features for capabilities and check the device manual for specific use instructions.


There will be Four (4) total lucky prize winners with each winner to receive One (1) of the following (collectively referred to as the “Prize”):

  • “Austin Prize” One (1) winner will receive hands-on pretzel making lessons at Easy Tiger, with treats in the beer garden afterwards at 709 E 6th St in Austin, Texas (approximate retail value $150.00)
  • “Houston Prize” One (1) winner will receive Oyster shucking lessons and a bottle of bubbly from the State of Grace restaurant located at 3258 Westheimer Road in Houston, Texas (approximate retail value $150.00)
  • “Dallas Prize” One (1) winner will receive a tour of Spain via jamon y queso, and a pitcher of sangria to wash it all down at Casa Rubia at 3011 Gulden Lane, in Dallas, Texas (approximate retail value $150.00)
  • “San Antonio Prize” One (1) winner will receive lessons on charcuterie boards and/or pickling lesson(s) in addition to local brews from Cured at Pearl located at 306 Pearl Pkway #101 in San Antonio, Texas (approximate retail value $150.00)
  • Total collective Approximate Retail Value of all Prizes awarded: $600.00

    . One (1) Prize winner will be chosen each day of the Sweepstakes for a total of 4 Prize Winners. Only 1 Prize will be awarded per day. All other taxes, fees, and surcharges on the Prize and all meals, gratuities, transportation costs, accommodations, spending money, and all other expenses not specified in these Rules are solely the responsibility of the Prize winner (at Prize winner’s sole cost and expense). No cash equivalent is available, and each Prize is non-transferable. Each Prize winner must redeem the respective Prize by December 31st, 2016 or forfeit all rights to the Prize. The Prize winner and accompanied guest must be 21 years and older. No substitution or transfer of the Prize is permitted except as provided in these Rules. No more than the total number of Prize(s) specified in these Rules will be awarded. The total number of Prize[s] awarded is 4 (1 Austin Prize, 1 Dallas Prize, 1 Houston Prize, and 1 San Antonio Prize). Flight, hotel, transportation arrangements, and all expenses not specified in these Rules are the sole responsibility of the Prize winner.


    Prize winners will be chosen at random at the conclusion of the Sweepstakes. The Prize Winners will be notified no later than February 9, 2016 at 11:59 PM CT via email. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of a participant, the authorized account holder of the email address will be deemed to be the participant. Sponsor may request any potential Prize winner to provide proof that such person is the winner. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any participant or Prize winner and may refuse to award any Prize to a person who is ineligible or has violated any rule, gained unfair advantage in participating in the Sweepstakes, or obtained winner status using fraudulent means. Winning is contingent upon compliance with all terms and conditions of these Rules and fulfilling all requirements stated in these Rules. A potential Prize winner will be notified by mail, email or phone. In the event a potential Prize winner is disqualified for any reason, Sponsor will award the corresponding Prize to an alternate winner by random drawing from among all remaining eligible Sweepstakes entries. Any alternate potential Prize winner is subject to all requirements set forth in these Rules.


    THE PRIZE IS AWARDED AS IS. PARTICIPANT ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THE SPONSOR HAS NOT MADE, NOR IS IN ANY MANNER RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR, ANY WARRANTIES, REPRESENTATIONS, OR GUARANTEES. SPONSOR DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN FACT OR IN LAW, WHETHER NOW OR HEREAFTER ENACTED CONCERNING ANY PRIZE, INCLUDING IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF QUALITY, MERCHANTABILITY, OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AS MAY BE SEPARATELY PROVIDED TO PARTICIPANT BY LAW. Each Prize winner and accompanied guest is solely responsible for their own conduct and agrees to comply with all applicable laws and regulations pertaining to use and enjoyment of the _Prize, including, but not limited to, consumption of alcoholic beverages. The Prize winner and his/her guest must abide by all policies of the respective restaurant and each restaurant reserves the right to revoke full or partial Prize from the winner or winner’s guest who restaurant determines may, in its sole discretion, be intoxicated, be a safety risk, or violates any violates any applicable law. If due to circumstances beyond the control of Sponsor, the Prize-related activity is delayed, rescheduled, postponed, or cancelled, Sponsor reserves the right, but not the obligation, to cancel, terminate, suspend, or modify the Sweepstakes and is not required to award a substitute Prize. Lost or stolen Prizes will not be replaced. An unclaimed and/or unused Prize element will remain the property of Sponsor. Resale of any element of the Prize is prohibited. ACCEPTANCE OF AND/OR USE OF THE PRIZE CONSTITUTES EACH PRIZE WINNER’S ACKNOWLEDGEMENT THAT THE FULFILLMENT OF THE OBLIGATIONS RELATED TO THE PRIZE BECOMES THE FULL AND EXCLUSIVE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE EACH RESPECTIVE RESTAURANT.


    Odds of being selected as a Prize winner depend on the total number of entries received. The winners will be chosen by random selection at the conclusion of the Sweepstakes period on the Sponsor’s discretion.


    By participating, each participant agrees: (a) to these Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, which are final in all respects as related to the Sweepstakes; (b) the participant is at least 21 years or older; (c) the participant has not engaged in any fraudulent activity in participating in the Sweepstakes; (d) the Prize winner will be responsible for any taxes assessed on their winnings by any federal, state, local, or governmental agency; and (e) to execute and/or submit any necessary and applicable documentation in connection with the Prize. Sponsor will notify the Internal Revenue Service of all winnings to the extent required by law. The Prize winner must provide Sponsor with a valid taxpayer identification number or social security number before any Prize will be awarded. A Form 1099 will be provided to the Prize winner by the Sponsor for any Prize with a value that exceeds $600.00. The Prize winner and the Prize winner’s guest must sign and return an Eligibility, Liability, and Publicity Release (the “Release”) except where prohibited. A completed and signed Form 1099 (if applicable) and Release must be received by the Sponsor within forty-eight (48) hours of the time notice or attempted notice of winning is sent, in order to claim the Prize. The accompanied guest of the Prize Winner must also sign and return the Release to Sponsor and it is the Prize Winner’s responsibility to ensure compliance with this requirement. If a potential winner of the Prize cannot be contacted, fails to sign and return the form 1099 (if applicable), and/or the Release within the required time period, declines the Prize or notification of the Prize is returned as undeliverable, such potential winner forfeits the Prize. PARTICIPANT ACKNOWLEDGES AND EXPRESSLY AGREES THAT THESE RULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND MODIFICATION BY SPONSOR AT ANY TIME.


    Participation in the Sweepstakes, acceptance of the Prize, and/or use of the Prize constitutes participant’s and/or winner’s agreement to release, discharge, and hold harmless Sponsor and its respective officers, directors, members, mangers, agents, affiliated entities, and employees (collectively the “Sponsor Released Parties”) from and against any and all claims, or liability arising directly or indirectly from the Prize and participation in the Sweepstakes, including, personal injury, death, or damage to or loss of property, which may occur in connection with the participation in the Sweepstakes, acceptance and/or use or misuse of the Prize. Sponsor is not liable for any entries that are either misdirected or incomplete, is not liable for any losses due to electronic or computer malfunction, and is not responsible for any injuries or losses (1) occurring during or caused by participation in the Sweepstakes, or (2) caused by any Prize awarded. Participation in the Sweepstakes and acceptance of the Prize constitutes each Prize winner’s consent to Sponsor’s and its agents’ use of winner’s name, creative word, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions and/or hometown and state for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration.


    Sponsor is not responsible: (1) for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by participants, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Sweepstakes; (2) for technical and/or communications malfunctions, errors or failures of any kind; (3) for unauthorized human intervention in any part of the Sweepstakes; and/or (4) for technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Sweepstakes or the processing of entries. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, modify, or suspend the Sweepstakes or any portion thereof should virus, bugs, or other causes beyond the Sponsor’s control corrupt the administration or security of the Sweepstakes. Internet entry must be made by the participant only at the authorized website indicated in the Sweepstakes at Entries may not be made by any other individual or any entity, and/or originating at any other Internet website or e-mail address. Any winner who enters by any means of the methods described above will be disqualified and an alternate winner will be selected. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any entry at any time if Sponsor determines that the entrant has not complied with these Rules.


    Except where prohibited by law, by entering the Sweepstakes, each participant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action (collectively “Claims”) arising out of the Sweepstakes or any Prize(s) will be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (2) any Claims will be resolved exclusively by the federal courts located in Travis County, Texas; (3) any and all judgments and awards related to the Claims will be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred and in no event will such costs include attorneys’ fees; and (4) no punitive, incidental, special, consequential, or other damages (including lost profits) (collectively “Special Damages”) will be awarded. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Each participant waives all rights to claim Special Damages and all rights to have such damages multiplied or increased. All Claims, issues, and questions related to the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Rules, or the right and obligations of participant and Sponsor in connection with this Sweepstakes, will be governed by the laws of the State of Texas, without regards to conflict of laws.


    Personal information collected from participants during the Sweepstakes is subject to Sponsor’s privacy policy available at, and except as otherwise provide in these Rules, is treated in accordance with the terms of that policy. Participant may elect to provide information to Facebook, Twitter, or another social media platform and information provided to those third parties by participant is subject to the privacy policies of such third parties. This Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with any social media platform. The information provided by a participant will only be used to verify the participant’s eligibility for the Sweepstakes and to contact the Prize winners. Sponsor has no liability with respect to participant’s sharing of information with any third parties as described above.


    Any Sweepstakes participant may submit a written request to see the name and hometown of the Prizewinner to


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