I’m not a festival goer. In fact, the last festival I attended was Bonnaroo in the year 2006 BC (Before Children). I spent most of the weekend dehydrated, sweaty, and whining on my yoga mat. Being that I am a total extrovert and that I fill my metaphorical cup with social situations, you might think festivals would be my thing, right? Answer: No Way. Actually, I tend to despise being trapped in hot places with overpriced, crappy food and blender vendors galore. That being said, when I got an opportunity to work with the Austin Food and Wine Festival this year, I jumped at the offer. This makes absolutely no sense, right?
Let me expand. The concept of being surrounded by people who can talk about high notes, deep flavors, and a hint of foodie gossip for an entire weekend, strums my food lovin’ heart strings. Really does it get any better? Let’s not forget, the chance to spend 3 days eating, drinking and talking about food leaves me deeply enthralled. I normally get a total of 3 minutes just to eat dinner. I do however, have one last little hurdle to climb over, the term “festival” still leaves a bad taste in my mouth (pun intended). I tend to think of it more as a…
Fest * EVIL- A diverse group of dirty hippies, sopping in marijuana sweat. All baked (literally) in the holy hell heat of the Tennessee sun with overpriced food and a hellava lot of vendors selling dank goo balls and hemp necklaces. (Note: usage of the word Evil)
I’m really hoping Austin Food and Wine is more of a…
FEAST * ival – A diverse gathering of food lovers. Each participant feasts on scrumptious eats and flirts with succulent libations.
I get it, there is a cost to hob-nob with the finest Chefs and foodie-winesters in the Nation. BUT…what better way to spend your money if you’ve saved up for a special weekend? Kiss my fine foodie-fingers if you judge me but I’m getting my white apron signed by Top Chef, Paul Qui. Side Note: vendors, please stop trying to sell me SH** I don’t want. I haven’t been to the Austin Food and Wine Festival ever, so I cannot yet say that this event is surely worth every penny. What I can say is that it looks cooler than MC hammer pants in the early 90’s (check event schedules HERE). Personally, I will be spending the entire weekend
stalking looking for Gail Simmons – I adore her. And hopefully, getting my brain full of culinary factoids by Chef Marcus Samuelsson. I’ll be full of duck confit a la rouge in the tasting tent regardless but the real question is will the Austin Food and Wine Feast-ival be worth the buck and duck? Or will it be just like Bonnaroo all hype and no substance. Only time and a lot of wine will tell. If this event is as good as it looks, you’re gonna know it. If the organizers have sold their souls from the back of a Sysco truck you’re gonna know it too.
Some Insider Deets:
This event is NOT family friendly- you must be 21 to attend.
Dates: April 27, 28 and 29 in Austin, TX
Cost: A regular weekender ticket is $250 (remember it’s so worth it to avoid vendors).
Click HERE for Tickets sales information.
Location: Auditorium Shores (Disch Feild) in Downtown Austin. There are still some Hotels available within walking distance- but grab them fast.
Hope to toast with you at the event. Check back soon to see if I rated Austin Food and Wine a good time FEAST-ival or wont ever go back- Fest-EVIL? I really hope no one is going to try to sell me magic mushrooms or a new blender (fingers crossed).
***Full Delishclosure: I am working with Austin Food and Wine As A Blogger/Insider Deets Giver. They are giving me a ticket. However, this in NO way shapes my opinions. Regardless, I would be going to this great event. In fact, I am buying a ticket for a good friend to come along with me ($250), getting a hotel for the weekend (500$) and bringing a babysitter (200$). No profit to be made but plenty of material to write about.