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Austin Food + Wine Festival Canceled: Updated

By Brandon Watson, April 20, 2016, 1:16pm, On the Range

According to an email blast from Baltz & Co., the publicity firm behind the Austin Food + Wine Festival, all of the outdoor events including the Grand Taste at Auditorium Shores and Rock Your Taco and Taste of Texas at Republic Square Park have been canceled due to inclement weather conditions.

The two events planned for indoors, Social Hour at the Madison and Cheers to 130 Years at the Driskill Grill, will still be held. Ticket-holders for the festival will be refunded in full. Organizers have asked that any questions about the refund be directed to [email protected] or 888/512-7469.

Festival organizers have no current plans to reschedule the event and the celebrity chefs slated to appear have canceled tangential events such as Hugh Acheson's booksigning at Métier Cook's Supply and Marc Vetri's collaborative pizza dinner with Drew Curren, Jonathan Waxman, and Aarón Sánchez at Pizzeria Vetri. Crush, an unofficial afterparty planned at the W Hotel, has also been canceled.

In a statement, the W explained that they did not want to diminish their fundraising capabilities for the Austin Food & Wine Alliance.

"Due to the cancellation of the 2016 Austin Food & Wine Festival, W Austin has decided to cancel this weekend’s late night Crush event at TRACE. The goal of this event is to raise additional funds for the Austin Food & Wine Alliance; the cancellation of Rock Your Taco will directly impact the attendance at Crush, and the fundraising capabilities, so we plan to host another event in the near future that will generate a larger yield for the non-profit organization and the work they do to foster innovation in our food & beverage community. We apologize for any inconvenience. All ticket purchases have already been refunded. Please stay tuned for updates about our next event benefiting Austin Food & Wine Alliance."

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