The Austin Food & Wine Alliance (AFWA) has come up with yet another signature event that promises to be as much fun as a barrel of hand-crafted local brew with the “Great Austin Food Race” on Wednesday, May 14, at 4 p.m. This three-hour competitive team scavenger hunt will have local food-o-philes testing their knowledge and tasting skills as they take on culinary challenges at more than a dozen East Side food and drink hot spots.

Registration is now open for teams to sign up for the competition. The race will be limited to 30 teams and the registration fee is $500 per team.  Deadline for registration is Friday, May 9, Teams can represent businesses spanning all industries. Registration is tax deductible and teams will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis. Companies are allowed to have more than one team. Early contenders include teams from Whole Foods Market, T3, and Treaty Oak Distilling Company among others. Proceeds will benefit the AFWA’s Culinary Grant Program.

At each location teams will earn points for completing interactive challenges and gain clues for the next stop. Points will be awarded and tracked via social media. Teams will provide their own transportation to get around the East Side.

Following the food race, all teams, sponsors, volunteers and participating culinary businesses will celebrate at an East Austin Block Party featuring more local businesses, food trailers, and local brews at the Getaway Motor Club.

“We really wanted to bring another fun event to showcase Austin’s culinary craftsmanship and innovation,” said Rachel Rountree, race coordinator & AFWA Fundraising Chair. “This is a great opportunity for company team building and groups of foodie friends. Not only will it be a lot of fun, it’s an opportunity to explore East Side businesses and raise funds for culinary grants.”

“We’re excited to host this new engaging event that allows us to continue to highlight those that are truly making Austin a hot spot of culinary innovations,” said Mariam Parker, executive director of the AFWA. “We expect this to be an annual event that each year will feature a different area of Austin known for great food and drink.”

The AFWA hosts sold-out events throughout the year such as “Live Fire!” and “Wine and Swine”, to raise funds for culinary grants.  The Alliance’s grant program is the nation’s first to award grants based on culinary innovation. Since 2012, the AFWA awarded $45,000 in grants to fund innovative local culinary projects that give back to the community. 

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The Austin Food & Wine Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering awareness and innovation in the Central Texas culinary community through grants, educational programming and events. Guided by an all-volunteer board of directors and committees made up of culinary-and-community-minded professionals, the Alliance’s commitment is to promote Texas food, wine, spirits and craft brews and to increase appreciation of Texas’ culinary impact. The AFWA is the designated beneficiary of the Austin FOOD & WINE Festival. For more information about the Austin Food & Wine Alliance, visit


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