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Austin Food and Wine Festival Reviews

Updated on February 28, 2013

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Austin Food and Wine Festival Reviews
Austin Food and Wine Festival Reviews

If savor or taste is your middle name, then be sure to try the 2nd Annual Austin Food and Wine Festival. With an improved venue and increased interactivity with top of the line chefs, sommeliers, and cuisine experts, you can be assured a great savoring experience.

Whether you are there to learn or taste or both, The Austin Food and Wine Festival brings some of the best culinary and wine talents such as: Andrew Zimmern, Aaron Franklin, Paul Qui, Marcus Samuellson, Adam Richman, Christina Tosi, Laura Sawicki, and Jack Gilmore.

In an effort to make improvements to a successful inaugural year and to listen to the Austin Food and Wine Festival Reviews, many changes have taken place. The Grand Tasting Tents are larger and will house an increased number of restaurants and purveyors to serve up tasty portions.

Expect the quality of the venue to be better as well. One of the major complaints in the Austin Food and Wine Festival Reviews was the condition of the Auditorium Shores. The event will still take place at the Auditorium Shores. However, the Austin City Council listened and major improvements were made to create a more attractive green environment. The restoration is sure to provide a more lush atmosphere and enhance the quality of the cuisine.

The changes did not stop with just the venue. Staggering events and more seating will maximize the attendees ability to actively participate more during chef demos, wine tastings, and grand tastings. Additionally, throughout the Austin Food and Wine Festival will be Interactive Chef Stations where participants will learn and eat directly from chefs.

Two special events will take place that are sure to spark some interest. Start the festival with The Taste of Texas event in Republic Square Park. Dance to the music from Delta Spirit and Whiskey Shivers after you taste true Texas cuisine made by some of the best texas chefs.

You can also taste some of the best tacos while you witness Chef Tyson Cole defend his title against Marcus Samuelsson, Susan Feniger, Tim Love, and more. Cap that evening off with music from Allen Stone.

I am sure that your mouth is watering, so here are your options for attending the Austin Food and Wine Festival

The Savor Pass is the creme of the crop when it comes to the festival. You will get the ultimate level of VIP treatment and great access to the cooking demos, wine seminars, and Grand Tasting. You get admission to the Taste of Texas Kickoff Event and Rock Your Taco Celebrity Chef Showdown along with a dedicated VIP Lounge. VIP parking and 2-Year FOOD & WINE Magazine Subscription adds another layer to your order. You can have all this for just $850.

The next tier down is the Taste Pass. Entry to the Saturday and Sunday Grand Tastings are included as well as 40 other demos, interactive cooking shows and wine seminars. This and a 1-Year FOOD & WINE Magazine Subscription included can be yours for $250. Upgrades to the Taste Pass include the Taste of Texas event($150) or Rock Your Taco Celebrity Chef Showdown($200).

The Austin Food and Wine Festival is so much more then just food and wine. It is a commitment from the local community to showcase and interact with the most talented culinary artists. With the major improvements it is sure to be even better then last year.

Update: Just came across this section of the website - Austin Food & Wine Festival Reviews


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      Latro 5 years ago

      They've just released the Austin Food and Wine Festival full schedule