10 Recommended Food & Drink Events This Fall
Looking for a few culinary celebrations, are you?
By Wayne Alan Brenner,
12:50PM, Wed. Aug. 29, 2018
So many food events are coming up this fall! Yes!
But – how many food events are coming up this fall?
Well, tbh, we can’t give you an exact number right now – because there’s more food events added to the city’s schedule almost, it seems like, every goddamn day, tell you what.
But that’s why we keep our Food Events listings updated for you, citizen: So you can forget about that ol’ FOMO and just relax until it’s time for those tasty tasty noms all over Austin.
And that’s why we’re giving you some advance notice here, having wrangled up just 10 of the culinary phenomena headed our way over the next few months:
1. Austin Beer & Music Festival Wait, this is Austin, right? So aren't … all festivals … aren't they all beer and music festivals? OK, but this is the one that's calling itself, specifically, the Austin Beer and Music Festival. Not to put too fine a point on things, right, Rockstarbeer? And this event is the BBQ Edition, so you might want to consider the uncanny succulence of cooked animal proteins when choosing your entertainment options here. And of course there'll be craft beer – from 60 different breweries – in tasty profusion. Oh, and the music. Much rock and possibly a skoshie of roll, for certain. Sat., Sept. 1. Fair Market, 1100 E. Fifth, 512/494-9093. $35-50.
2. The WhiskyX The touring event that brings together the best of classic distilleries with premium whisky tastings, signature dishes from acclaimed chefs, and live music – it's a veritably spiritual event for aficionados – brings the celebration of all things potable to Austin's Fair Market for an evening of 60-plus whiskies that concludes with a performance by St. Paul & The Broken Bones. Whisky? How about Ardbeg, Bruichladdich, Bulleit, Crown Royal, Dewar’s, Glenmorangie, Glen Moray, Nine Banded, WhistlePig, Wild Turkey, Wyoming, and – yes – so much more! Fri., Sept. 14, 6pm. Fair Market, 1100 E. Fifth, 512/494-9093. $50-125.
3. Whiskies of the World We begin to suspect that Fair Market's some kind of boozy epicenter at this point, as now the venue plays host to this prestigious gathering of connoisseurs, distillers, mixologists, and bona fide whisky-expert celebrities presenting hundreds of different styles from all over the world – Scottish, Irish, American, Texan, Canadian, Indian, Australian, and so on – and with masterclasses available for those who are called to deeper knowledge, and with VIP options including that whole cigar-celebrating side of the culture. Sláinte mhaith, indeed! Thu., Sept. 20, 6-10pm. Fair Market, 1100 E. Fifth, 512/494-9093. $120-145.
4. Sweet Eats Fruit Farm Fall Festival Located east of Georgetown on the pecan-tree-shaded banks of the San Gabriel River, Sweet Eats Farm is a peach orchard that offers activities for the whole family to enjoy. This fall, Sweet Eats will be hosting a fall festival featuring classics like hay rides, face painting, and a pumpkin patch. Sat.-Sun., Sept. 29-Oct. 7, 9am-6pm. 14400 E. State Highway 29, Georgetown, 512/766-3276.
5. Austin Margarita Festival Well, this is no surprise, but it's pleasant AF: Live music, downtown location, and a potent panoply of margaritas – that's frozen or on-the-rocks, as you like – available in more than two dozen flavors throughout what a diehard Jimmy Buffet fan might call a chillaxing event. Forget about that lost shaker of salt, amigo, just be prepared to sip the night away in sweet liquid style. Sat., Oct. 20, noon-8pm. Statesman Parking Lot, 305 S. Congress. $23-175.
6. Guy FieriCon Austin FieriCon is, quote, "a collection of Guy Fieri (and Girl Fieri) enthusiasts who embrace all things Flavortown and, yes, if you so dare, to even dress up as the Mayor of said town himself!" Oooooookay. Note: This will be the third FieriCon in the USA. Some fellow named Dave Gold started the thing – a sort of garrulous bar-crawl on steroids – in NYC, then took it to Milwaukee, and now, well, brace yourself, here it comes. Sat., Oct. 20.
7. Texas Trucklandia Festival Now here's a festival we can really get behind. Or, rather, it can get behind us – or wherever else it wants to go – because it's a gathering of so many of the innovative food trucks represented in this mobile-nom-crazed city of ours. Now in its sixth year of robust cuisine-on-wheels celebration, all decked out with live music and plenty of tippling opportunities (hell, Dewar's is the main sponsor), this panoply of dining opps will take place right there in the vast parking lot of what can still be more or less considered Austin's daily newspaper. Sat., Oct. 27. Statesman Parking Lot, 305 S. Congress.
8. Texas Monthly BBQ Fest Weekend These Texas Monthly people know their 'cue, all right, and here they've set aside a weekend of special events with the best pitmasters and top chefs and the finest damn brisket 'n' ribs 'n' such that this Lone Star territory has to offer. The main gig is at the Long Center, but there's related events going on all 'round Texas. Why, you could plan to partake of both days like a downhome gourmand and never go wrong once, pardner, save for maybe a sauce stain on your new jeans. Sat., Nov. 3. Long Center, 701 W. Riverside, 512/474-5664. $10-125.
9. Big Reds and Bubbles This oenophile fest combines the divine chemistry from some of the world’s finest winemakers with cuisine by notable Austin chefs, just as it's done for 16 successful and full-bodied years. Recent vintage and non-vintage champagnes, a wide range of reds, live music, and those aforementioned gourmet-level noms – yes, citizen, this high-end hullaballoo is a grapemongers' paradise to which you are heartily invited. Fri., Nov. 9, 6-9:30pm. Brazos Hall, 204 E. Fourth, 512/380-1675. $150 and up.
10. Austin Mac & Cheese Festival Talk about a perfect mash-up of comfort food and haute cuisine! This celebration of the childhood/dormroom staple takes that familiar cheese-covered-pasta goodness to the highest level possible without giving the noodles a hit off Willie's Own Bong. Not only a local phenomenon, this event is the start of the national Mac & Cheese Festival tour, with chefs from Portland, Seattle, Dallas, San Francisco, Denver, Philadelphia, and more joining with ATX locals in serving you up bowl after tasty bowl of what certain Kraft executives probably have wet dreams about. Note: Tickets go on sale Sept. 1. Sun., Nov. 11, 11am-5pm. Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, 6020-B Dillard, 866/552-2433. $45-90.