Fil ’n Viet Is Closing, the Armadillo Den Celebrates With Sazon in a Delicious Latin Style, Holiday Bar Forwards Frozen Treats, We Haven’t Yet Said a Single Goddamn Thing About Pumpkin Spice, and – OOPS

All the news that’s fit to get your taste buds quivering

Here’s some of what's happening in Austin's culinary scene – as wrangled from numerous PR releases, words on the digital street, and even the occasional (verified) IRL eavesdroppings.

The Frozen Treats Fest comes to Holiday on East Seventh

Yes, citizen, it’s your “Food News Buffet” for the third week of September.

Austin Restaurant Weeks – the acclaimed program featuring specially priced lunches, dinners, and cocktails at the city’s best restaurants to help support the Central Texas Food Bank – continues through Sept. 17…

Behold, ye good people of Austin, the winners of this year’s Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival, an event that raised more than $10,000 for, yes, the Central Texas Food Bank

The owners of Fil ’n Viet (2903 E. 12th), Kevin and Rosie Truong, will be closing their popular food trailer this weekend: the last day of service is Sat., Sept. 16. The Truongs and their tasty noms will be back, though, as they “had a new opportunity come their way that they’re excited to share more details about very soon.”

The Sazon Latin Food Festival brings the rich tradition of Latin cuisine to South Austin – to the Armadillo Den (10106 Menchaca Rd.), specifically – and celebrates the first week of National Hispanic Heritage Month. The party begins this weekend (Sat.-Sun., Sept. 16-17, 11am-6pm), featuring an array of Latin food vendors offering dishes from the Caribbean and Central and South America in a family-friendly atmosphere enhanced by a live DJ and fun activities for all ages…

That Eastside bastion of superlative Mexican cuisine, De Nada Cantina (4715 E. Cesar Chavez), is presenting a special dinner with musical guest Darden Smith on Thu., Sept. 21

Cocktail bar and restaurant Holiday (5020 E. Seventh) will host a Frozen Treats Fest on Thu., Sept. 21, 5pm, featuring cold and sweet concoctions from Holiday’s chef Peter Klein, along with similar heat-busting delicacies from Margarita Kallas-Lee (Sushi by Scratch), Amanda Rockman (New Waterloo), Jam Sanitchat (Thai Fresh and Gati), and Laura Sawicki (Oseyo). Bonus: Ticket sales will help support Jane’s Due Process, a nonprofit ensuring legal representation for pregnant and parenting minors in Texas…

Also on Thu., Sept. 21, that excellent Asian smokehouse known to barbecue-loving mortals as Loro (2115 S. Lamar) partners with St. Elmo Brewing to present what they call a “Kick Back Dinner,” pairing a selection of beverages with an intimate five-course, family-style dinner. Whole fish? Pork shoulder? Loaded sweet potatoes? Yes, and more – with tasty St. Elmo quaffs to chase it all down with…

And let’s see – what else, what else? Taylor Tobin tells us how Austin brands are solving the great sriracha shortage… a dumpling-centered automat has opened on East Sixth… private club the Pershing has expanded to the public with a coffee shop… new bar & cafe Cosmic Saltillo has just opened on East Fourth… Bufalina has teamed up with Nixta Taqueria’s Edgar Rico for a special pizza collab that starts on Sept. 18Kerbey Lane Cafe is getting cheesy with National Queso Day on Sept. 20… the WhiskyX booze-a-palooza is bringing all the dreamiest drams to town on Sept. 21… the city of Lockhart is preparing to kick out the dirndl-donning, lederhosen-laden Bavarian jams for Oktoberfest… the annual Texas Craft Brewers Festival on Sat., Sept. 30, will be more beery and cheery than ever…

WUXTRY! Chef Amir Hajimaleki’s District Kitchen + Cocktails (7858 Shoal Creek Blvd.) has officially launched lunch service, bringing us more delicious culinary options in the middle of the working day (Mon.-Thu., 11am-2:30pm; Fri., 11am-3pm)…

The cheugy, PR-amplified seasonal hubbub: Pumpkin spice! Pumpkin spice!

Now eat as well as you can, tip like it’s going out of style, and don’t forget to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

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