Austin's Best Food and Drink Events This Week

Dinner parties, farmer's markets, beer, wine, and more for the week of August 4, 2022

Thursday 4

ZAZA'S COCKTAIL SHOWDOWN That snazzy Hotel ZaZa's gathered a talented group of local mixologists to compete to see who can make the best summer cocktail with a selection of top-shelf spirits. (Because, yeah – this summer, especially? We're def gonna need the best.) The combatants: Erik Puryear from Blue Lacey (with Patron); Tyler Wilson from Launderette (with Bacardi Rum); Issac Ofrigor from Drink Well (with Grey Goose Essences); Wyn Vida from the Diner Bar (with Grey Goose); Veronica Flores from Wax Myrtle's (with Angel's Envy); Jake Finley from Clive Bar (with Santa Teresa 1796); and ZaZa's own Demetrius Thomas (with Bombay Sapphire). You'll vote; the panel of judges will vote; and together you'll drink your way to choosing a champion – right there, poolside, in one of Downtown's coolest nightspots. Bonus: All ticket proceeds benefit Central Texas Food Bank. Thu., Aug. 4, 6-8pm. (2022) Hotel ZaZa, 400 Lavaca, 512/542-9292. $25.

Saturday 6

BANGER'S HANG 10TH ANNIVERSARY LUAU After 10 years of sausage, beer, and good times, Banger's is throwing this anniversary shindig with a whole hog barbecue, smoked wild boar sausages, Spam sliders, an epic lineup of beer collaborations (with 10 local breweries!), and some heavy barrels from their cellar. This looooong party is gonna be a brew-fueled, live music-rocked, pork-powered and eminently memorable day and night of Hawaiian-flavored camaraderie. Sat., Aug. 6, 11am-12mid Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden, 79 Rainey, 512/386-1656.

BLUE NORTHER: SECOND BIRTHDAY PARTY Local hard seltzer company Blue Norther is celebrating this second their tasting room in The Yard at St. Elmo, and a ticket to the party brings you open drinks all night, live music from Nether Hour and the Paul Val Band, flash tattoos, and games of Frick Frack Blackjack among other gambits of fizztastic fun. Sat., Aug. 6, 8:30pm-12:30am Blue Norther Hard Seltzer, 440 E. St. Elmo. $35-45.

Tuesday 9

RED BEANS AND RICELY YOURS, AUSTIN This community initiative, headed by Chris Cubas and Maris Clegg, is dedicated to providing free meals (of red beans and rice, andouille sausage, cornbread, fruit, dessert, and a drink) to Austinites in need. "On Tuesdays, we will provide a link to sign up for a free home-made meal delivered to you with safety in mind," goes their announcement on Facebook. "There is no judgment and the form is anonymous. If you have been affected by the impact of Covid-19 or are having a hard time, we would like to make a small portion of your day a little bit better." Or, if you'd like to donate your time in driving, baking treats, or providing cases of nonalcoholic beverages, please reach out to


BARTON CREEK FARMERS MARKET Saturdays, 9am-1pm. Barton Creek Square, 2901 Capital of TX Hwy. S., 512/327-7040.

BEE CAVE FARMERS MARKET Sundays, 10am-2pm. 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.

HOPE FARMERS MARKET Sundays, 11am-3pm. Plaza Saltillo, 412 Comal, 512/727-8363.

SFC SUNSET VALLEY FARMERS’ MARKET Saturdays, 9am-1pm. Toney Burger Activity Center, 3200 Jones, 512/414-2096.

TEXAS FARMERS’ MARKET AT LAKELINE Saturdays, 9am-1pm. Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park, 512/363-5700.

TEXAS FARMERS’ MARKET AT MUELLER Sundays, 10am-2pm Branch Park Pavilion, 2006 Philomena.

BOGGY CREEK FARM STAND Wed.-Sat., 8am-1pm. Boggy Creek Farm, 3414 Lyons, 512/926-4650.

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