Austin FOOD & WINE Festival Reviews

The inaugural Austin FOOD & WINE Festival marked the start of a new gourmet festival experience in the heart of the Live Music Capital of the World. Whether from die-hard foodies or first-time fans, the Festival garnered positive reviews and substantial recognition for solidifying Austin’s rightful spot on the country’s culinary map.
These in-depth reviews from local, regional and national media alike shine a spotlight on the best and brightest moments from the weekend’s epicurean adventures:
  Eater Austin:

An interview with René Ortiz (La Condesa, Austin), Marcus Samuelsson (Red Rooster, Harlem) news and an extensive review of the weekend’s numerous chef demos, after-hours events and off-site hotspots.

CultureMap Austin:

A look at regional Texas wineries, a first-hand account of Tim Love’s (Lonesome Dove, Fort Worth) massive hands-on grilling demo and a detailed review of the taco contestants at the first annual Rock Your Taco Celebrity Chef Showdown — among other in-depth reviews of the weekend experience from local food journalists.


Handpicked highlights from the Festival’s many demos, tastings and special VIP areas.

Dallas Morning News:

Quick words with Dallas-area hometown grill-masters, Tim Byres (SMOKE, Dallas) and Tim Love (Lonesome Dove, Fort Worth).
Austin American-Statesman:

Austin food writer Addie Broyles reviews the Festival from start to finish with a special look at the celebrity chef talent.

Reviews of wine wisdoms from expert Anthony Giglio, an on-the-ground look at Tim Love’s grilling demo plus a candid interview with event organizer and C3 Presents partner, Charlie Jones.

Extensive photo gallery showcasing the 2012 Austin FOOD & WINE Festival experience, local and nationally acclaimed chefs, sommeliers and winemakers.

Anticipatory buzz for the 2012 Austin FOOD & WINE Festival.
Huffington Post:

A roundup review of the Festival’s contribution to Austin’s culinary momentum, plus Marcus Samuelsson (Red Rooster, Harlem) shares his Austin foodie strategy.
TX Monthly:

Layne Lynch interviews 2012 Austin FOOD & WINE guest talent and food media celebrity, Gail Simmons.

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