Austin Food & Wine Festival

It’s that time of the year in Austin when there’s an abundance of good local food, amazing weather and people losing their inhibitions over swills of libations. Well, come to think of it, that’s pretty much a year-round thing here in Austin. Nonetheless, this particular time, it’s highlighted by the Austin Food & Wine Festival in downtown’s Butler Park. Featuring a roster of heavy-hitting chefs and good live music like Delta Spirit and The Whiskey Shivers. Fully enticed, I headed out there with our self-proclaimed foodie and Localeur, Isaac, to rub elbows with other locals and see what all the fuss was about. Equipped with our plastic child-proof adult-proof wine glasses, we hit the scene.

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Isaac making “friends” with the locals.

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Course 1: Lemon Sorbet (Tito’s premium vodka with lemon, cucumber puree, sweet onions and cream fraiche)

Course 2: Romaine with Parmigiano-Reggiano and Garlic Croutons with a fresh creamy dressing

Course 3: Filet de Boeuf en Croute (Beef Wellington) with a Sweet Pea Mash Risotto (Individual Filet Mignon stuffed with carrots, onions, celery and mushrooms wrapped with bacon and baked in a brioche dough)

Course 4: Pomegranate Cheesecake

In this AFWF Video, Chefs Rene Ortiz and Laura Sawicki of Austin’s newly opened Thai eatery, Sway, talk about the inspiration behind the new concept + give you an exclusive look at the making of two favorite Sway dishes—Prawn Miange and Jasmine Panna Cotta

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Delicious cocktails by La Condesa’s beverage director and AFWF featured talent, Nate Wales

Nate is a long-time Austinite, graduate of the University of Texas, and world traveler. Through his travels he experienced food, drink, and culture all of which helped him develop his cocktail style and perspective dining. To Nate, dining is more than a meal, but a tool to connect with friends and family and believes there is a proper cocktail for every occasion.

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"If you cook a steak properly, you should never have to add salt when you’re finished." —Tim Love

At last year’s Festival, grill-master Tim Love walked guests through everything you need to know in order to cook the perfect New York Strip.

Chef Love led a crowd of excited students in the largest hands-on, live grilling demo that the world has ever seen.

Needless to say, it was the perfect way to kick off a full day of tasting and sipping your way through the numerous demos and foodie experiences on hand at the Festival. View Tim’s top grilling tips

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