Austin Food + Wine Festival has announced the Fire Pit and Chef Showcase schedules for the eighth annual festival, April 26-28, 2019.  Fire Pits and Chef Showcase offer all Festival ticket holders a unique front-row experience to meet and mingle with some of Texas’ best pitmasters and chefs throughout the weekend:


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Fire Pits

The festival grounds at Auditorium Shores will feature interactive areas where pitmasters and chefs will cook over live fire and offer tastes to attendees throughout the day on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28, 2019. Offering multiple stations daily, the Fire Pits will provide interactive experiences and dishes that have been prepared over live fire. Less structured than a demo, the Fire Pits provide a forum for culinary Q&A, and an opportunity to taste the chefs’ bold creations, including whole-roasted meats, ash-cooked vegetables, and much more.


Saturday, April 27

Enjoy fire-roasted dishes from chefs Evan LeRoy (LeRoy and Lewis) andLance Kirkpatrick (Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew).


Sunday, April 28

Fire Pit chefs will include:Sonya Coté (Eden East Restaurant & Farm, Hillside Farmacy) and Wayne Mueller (Louie Mueller Barbecue).


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Chef Andrew Wisehart

Contigo Catering and Friends

New this year, Contigo Catering and Friends will offer an expanded fire pit experience helmed by Contigo Catering chefs Freddy Diaz and  Andrew Wiseheart with more special guests to be announced.


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Chef Showcase

The festival will feature a dynamic roster of some of Texas’ most beloved and acclaimed chefs, each serving samples of signature dishes to festival attendees, on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28, 2019, at Auditorium Shores.


Saturday, April 27

Chefs and restaurants scheduled to participate include: Jeff Balfour(Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery); John Bates & Brandon Martinez (Noble Sandwich Co.); Stephen Bonin (Geraldine’s); Jeff Brown (Old Thousand); David Bull (Second Bar + Kitchen); Ji Peng Chen (Wu Chow); Alexandra GatesChristopher Graves (Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile); Sarah Heard & Nathan Lemley (Foreign & Domestic); Ethan Holmes (Mattie’s);Clinton Kendall (East Side King); Jason McVearry & Trisha Fortuna (Poke Poke); Brian Moses(Olive & June); Josh Neises (Lonesome Dove); Daniel Olivella (Barlata); Eric Silverstein (The Peached Tortilla); Anthony Sobotik (Lick Honest Ice Creams); Lakana Sopajan-Trubiana (DEE DEE); Allen Stewart (Grizzelda’s); Kevin Williamson (Ranch 616); and Ling Qi Wu (Lin Asian Bar + Dim Sum); and more to be announced.


Sunday, April 28

Chefs and restaurants scheduled to participate include: Daniel Brooks(Licha’s Cantina); Thomas Calhoun (Lenoir); Jo Chan (Eberly); Taylor Hall (Apis); Lance Kirkpatrick (Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew); Geronimo LopezAshley Neave (Forthright); Steve Nelson (Wild Kitchen + Bar); David Norman (Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden); Marjorie Pettigrove (TLC Austin); Sterling Ridings (Guild); Chris Rios (The Vegan Nom); Maribel Rivero(Yuyo); James Robert (Fixe); Ryan Samson (Vespiao); Charles Schlienger (Sway); Carmen Valera (Tamale House East); and more to be announced.


Ticket Options

The All-In ticket is $625/per person and includes Saturday and Sunday Festival access; over 40 culinary demos; beer, wine and cocktail tasting sessions; access to the expanded Fire Pits; including the Chef Showcase; a special Sunday Gospel Brunch; Grillin’ and Chillin’; and entrance to Saturday night’s Rock Your Taco.


The Weekender ticket is $250/per person and includes Saturday and Sunday Festival access; over 40 culinary demos; beer, wine and cocktail tasting sessions; access to the expanded Fire Pits; including the Chef Showcase; and a special Sunday Gospel Brunch.


Feast Under the Stars tickets are $250/per person and provide access to the intimate outdoor pre-festival dinner celebration at Auditorium Shores. The dinner includes a five-course family-style meal, wine pairings and parking.


All-In and Weekender tickets can be purchased at All attendees must be 21 years of age or older. For more information, please, or follow us on Instagram @austinfoodwine, Twitter @austinfoodwine and


The Austin Food + Wine Festival is generously sponsored by Toyota, HEB, Monogram Appliances, Republic National Distributing Company, Stella Artois and FOOD & WINE.


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Hayden Walker
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Hayden Walker is the Editor in Chief and Director of Operations for Austin Food Magazine

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