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Austin Food & Wine Festival Reveals a Roster of Top Talent for 2023

An incredible lineup of chefs prepare signature dishes for sampling during a festive weekend in downtown Austin

Austin Food and Wine Fest (photo by Alison Narro)

We are sincerely thrilled that Austin is home to a flurry of fall festivals, but there is a particular event that truly stands out as an absolute can’t-miss celebration — the annual Austin Food & Wine Festival at Auditorium Shores. This beloved festival is preparing for its 12th year, taking place November 4-5, 2023.

Austin Food & Wine Festival is an indulgent weekend party that honors top-tier chefs, winemakers, bakers, artisan spirit-makers and a host of talent in the food and beverage industry. Enjoy a delectable selection of savory and sweet samples all day long. Learn kitchen and grilling skills from the upper echelon of experts. Engage in a variety of cooking demonstrations and conversations. Dress to impress in your most fashionable day wear while you mix and mingle with friends. Enjoy gorgeous views of Austin’s downtown city skyline as a perfect outdoor backdrop. Expect deliciously delightful days at this decadent two-day festival!

Beautiful fall weather for a day in the city at Austin Food and Wine Festival (photo by Charles Reagan Hackleman)

Choose from a variety of ticket options (but hurry!)

Tickets are now on sale for Austin Food & Wine Festival, presented by FOOD & WINE Magazine and C3 Presents. Choose from VIP, Weekender, and 1-day Sunday passes. Note that Saturday 1-day tickets and the interactive Hands-On Grilling add-on are already sold out. So you will want to act fast on reserving your tickets for the festival.

Cheers to a great day at Austin Food and Wine Festival (Dusana Risovic)

What to Expect at the Fest in 2023:

In addition to sampling signature dishes from chefs at the festival, this year’s festival highlights includes:

New This Year — Made in Texas

This special, VIP ticket-level Texas-inspired tasting event will take place on Saturday evening at Auditorium Shores that’s part tailgate party, party grilling, and all around Texas themed. The Made In Texas chefs include: Tatsu Aikawa (Tatsu-ya), Nicola Blaque (The Jerk Shack), Junior Borges (Meridian), Anne Burrell (Food Network personality), Jo Chan (Bureau de Poste), Sonya Coté (Hillside Farmacy), Jason Dady (Dady Restaurant Group), Mike Diaz and Laura Sawicki (Oseyo), Todd Duplechan (Lenoir), Graham Elliot (FAR Out Hospitality), Michael Fojtasek and Amanda Rockman (Albert Hotel), CJ Jacobson (Aba), Cheetie Kumar (Ajja), Rebecca Masson (Fluff Bake Bar), Steve McHugh (Cured), Bradley Nicholson and Susana Querejazu (Lutie’s), Ayesha Nurdjaja (Shuka), Berty Richter (Ezov), Fiore Tedesco (L’Oco d’Oro), Amanda Turner (Olamaie) and Ling Qi Wu (Lin Asian Bar + Dim Sum).

Learn from the best with your bestie (photo by Charles Reagan Hackleman)

Chef Demos

Watch, listen and learn from a variety of pros, including Kevin Fink (Emmer & Rye Hospitality Group), Tim Love (Lonesome Dove), Fermín Núñez (Este), and many more.

The Fire Pit

Interact with pitmasters and chefs who will cook over open flames right before your eyes. Enjoy barbecue right off the grill while you also gather tidbits of advice from the experts such as Adrian Abella and Camille De Los Reyes (Sari-Sari Supper Club), Vinnie Cimino (Cordelia), Jason Dady (Dady Restaurant Group), Leo Davila (Stixs & Stone), Harold Marmulstein (Salty Sow) and Esaul Ramos (2M Smokehouse BBQ), Meredith Shaffer (Tillie’s). 

Learn from the top pitmasters (photo by Charles Reagan Hackleman)

Chef Showcase

The top-notch talent this year is so impressive. Expect samples from some of Texas’ most well-regarded chefs: Alma Alcocer (El Alma); Tano Avila (Grizzelda’s); Laila Bazahm (El Raval); Daniel Berg (Bill’s Oyster); Barrett Black (The Original Black’s BBQ); Daniel Brooks (Chapulin Cantina and Licha’s); Raul Castillo (Honey Moon Spirit Lounge); Ji Peng Chen (Wu Chow); Krystal Craig and Ian Thurwachter (Intero); Jakub Czyszczon (Garrison); Javier Equihua (MaCoCo’s); Nick Erven (Wax Myrtle’s); Roberto Espinosa (Tacodeli); Liz Everett and Stephanie Everett Martin (Ensenada ATX); Donnie Forehand (Swift’s Attic); Joseph Gomez (Con Todo); Dante Grogg (Juliet Italian Kitchen); Kris Hammond (Daiboku); Nico Harrison (Jacoby’s); Jeffrey Hundelt (Summer House on Music Lane); Dimitrios Kelesoglou (Yamas); Dan Kennedy (Vixen’s Wedding); Brian Light (Ronin Farm & Restaurant); Enma Lopez (ABW Can-tina); Geronimo Lopez (Botika); Justin Manzi (Goodfolks); Corey McEntyre (Milo); Allie McMillan (ATX Cocina); Jason McVearry (Poke-Poke); Yovani Mejia (Cruzteca Mexican Kitchen); Eric Nathal (Austin Rôtisserie); Anne Ng and Jeremy Mandrell (Bakery Lorraine); Brian Olenjack (Lonesome Dove); Alan Paryzek (Central Machine Works Brewery); Nicole Patel (Delysia Chocolatier); Colter Peck (Elementary ATX); Pedro Quevedo and Alex Swenson (Gelato Paradiso); Paul Qui, Moto Utsunomiya and Dominic Luzzo (East Side King); Ryan Samson (Vespaio); Jam Sanitchat (Thai Fresh); Anthony Sobotik and Kendall Melton (Lick Honest Ice Cream); Kevin Taylor (Bulevar); Noah Thibault (1417 French Bistro); Mike Warnock (The Dirdie Birdie); Nic Yanes and Janice Omadeke (Calibrate Wellness); and Kristina Zhao (DASHI Sichuan Kitchen + Bar).

Sample some of the best bites from top Texas chefs (photo by Alison Narro)

A festival that gives back

The Austin Food & Wine Festival is the benefactor of the Texas Food & Wine Alliance. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to fostering awareness and innovation in the Central Texas food and wine community through grants, educational programming and events.

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