The Official 2017 Austin Food + Wine Festival Recap!

Austin Food + Wine Festival has come to a close for 2017, and our hearts – and bellies – are full!



Feast Under The Stars

We started the festival week off with Feast Under The Stars, our seated, multi-course dining experience.

We found our seats and started on the first tasting of wine!
Photo by Katrina Barber

We dug into amazing dishes, including this Uchiviche from Tyson Cole.
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We made new friends, thanks to family style serving.
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And the evening closed with the most gorgeous sunset!
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Lone Star Nights

Friday night, we hosted the first ever Lone Star Nights – a global fusion feast filled with color, spice, and sharp flavors.

The decor at Fair Market was incredible – we were instantly transported to a street market, except this one just happened to host top Texas chefs.
Photo by Roger Ho

Without a doubt, Mixtli had the most talked about dish of the evening – with it’s mysterious yet delicious Leche De Tigre.
Photo by Roger Ho

No one refused to eat their veggies with Julian Barsotti’s marinated dish.
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Cheers to a perfect night!
Photo by Katrina Barber

Saturday

After Friday’s amazing spread, we thought we’d never be hungry again. But we managed to find some more room – and headed to Auditorium Shores on Saturday for the first full day of the festival!

We filled our GoVino, first thing!
Photo by Charles Reagan Hackleman

Ming Tsai kept it lively at his awesome demo.
Photo by Roger Ho

We headed to the Grand Taste to fill up our plates…

Photo by Drew DeGennaro

And our glasses too!
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We learned so much at the tasting sessions!
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Can we have seconds? Or thirds….
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Christina Tosi’s demo was so cool!
Photo by Roger Ho

All in all, it was a pretty amazing day with our favorite chefs!
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Rock Your Taco

After a quick run home to change + refresh, we headed back to Fair Market for another night of food + fun – the renowned Rock Your Taco!

We got to meet our favorite chefs!
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Tim Love was not messing around with this competition.
Photo by Roger Ho

Christina Tosi’s dessert taco was next level.
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But in the end, Tyson Cole’s fish tacos were the big winner.
Photo by Roger Ho

And Tameca Jones kept us dancing late into the night!
Photo by Roger Ho

Sunday

Sunday Funday! We couldn’t believe it was already the last day of AFW – we still had so much to see + so much to eat!

We started our day off with some Hands-On Grilling with Tim Love!
Photo by Charles Reagan Hackleman

Speaking of smoke, watching the pros at the Fire Pit was amazing!
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Oh yeah, remember that time we sabered a champagne bottle?!
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Once again, the Grand Taste did not disappoint!
Photo by Roger Ho

And as always, the refreshing drinks made getting tipsy very tasty.
Drew DeGennaro

Hugh Acheson’s demo was so great – we were cracking up the whole time!
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Of course, we couldn’t end without an epic dance party with DJ Mel.
Photo by Katrina Barber

Thanks, Austin. See you next year!

Photo by Charles Reagan Hackleman

Posted: April 30, 2017