Austin Food + Wine Festival co-founders Charlie Jones, partner of C3 Presents, chef Tim Love, and restaurateur Jesse Herman, in partnership with FOOD & WINE, are pleased to announce the culinary, wine & spirits and musical line-up for the seventh annual festival, April 27-29, 2018.  Tickets go on sale today, January 18, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. CT, at


Austin food and wine festivalThe seventh annual Austin Food + Wine Festival will feature more than 40 events over three days at Auditorium Shores and Fair Market, including the debut of Friday night’s Grillin’ and Chillin’ hands-on, interactive dinner party; Rock Your Taco competition on Saturday night; Sunday Gospel Brunch; engaging cooking demonstrations; interactive fire pits helmed by an all-star lineup of chefs and celebrated pitmasters from across the country; food, wine and cocktail tastings in the Grand Taste Pavilion; live musical performances; chef tastings; book signings; and more.



Austin Food and Wine Festival Under the StarsOn Thursday, April 26, the pre-Festival Feast Under the Starsan intimate outdoor celebration, will once again be hosted at Austin’s Auditorium Shores.  This five-course, family-style meal with wine pairings from Jackson Family Wines will be held on Festival grounds and feature a collaborative menu from Tyson Cole (Hai Hospitality: Uchi); Mary Catherine Curren (ELM Restaurant Group; Todd Duplechan (Lenoir); Kevin Fink (Emmer & Rye); and Michael Fojtasek (Olamaie). Feast Under the Stars tickets are $250/per person (inclusive of wine pairings and parking) and must be purchased separately from any Festival tickets. 


Grillin’ & Chillin’

The 2018 Festival officially kicks off at Auditorium Shores on Friday, April 27, with Grillin’ and Chillin’ – the ultimate hands-on grilling dinner party hosted by Tim Love.  This event will offer All-In ticket holders the opportunity to sharpen their grilling skills as they join Tim for an interactive and lively night of hands-on grilling, drinks and dinner, all underneath the gorgeous Austin skyline.  

Grand Tasting – Saturday

On Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29, the Festival grounds at Auditorium Shores will come alive with cooking demonstrations, book signings and an interactive area where chefs will cook over live Fire Pits and offer tastes to attendees throughout the weekend.  Offering multiple stations daily, the expanded Fire Pits will provide interactive experiences cooking with live fire from local and national pitmasters and chefs, including David Bull (Second Bar + Kitchen, La Corsha Hospitality Group); Sonya Coté (Eden East, Hillside Farmacy); Billy Durney (Hometown BBQ; Brooklyn, NY); Wayne Mueller (Louie Mueller Barbecue); Rodney Scott (Rodney Scott’s BBQ; Charleston, SC); Victor Sandoval (Parkside Projects); Andrew Wiseheart (Contigo, Contigo Catering, Chicon) with more chefs to be announced.


Chef Showcase

The Chef Showcase will feature a dynamic roster of local chefs and restaurants in the Grand Taste Pavilion all weekend. Enjoy signature dishes from participating chefs, including: John Bates & Brandon Martinez (Noble Sandwich Co.); Stephen Bonin (Geraldine’s); Jeff Brown (Old Thousand); Thomas Calhoun (Aviary Wine & Kitchen); Taylor Chambers (Justine’s Brasserie); Ji Peng Chen (Wu Chow); Austin Ewald (Grizzelda’s); Kazu Fukumoto (Fukumoto: Sushi and Yakitori Izakaya); Natalie Gazaui (Eberly) and Albert Gonzalez (Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile) with more many more talented chefs included.


Rock Your Taco

Saturday evening’s signature tasting event at Fair Market, will bring out the competitive side of all participants, with a live musical performance by award-winning Latin Pop artist, Gina Chavez. Chefs will square off against one another to create the ultimate taco, with winners chosen by an esteemed panel of judges, including legendary chef and cookbook author, Lidia Bastianich (Felidia, Becco, Del Posto, Eataly, Lidia’s; Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, NYC). Chefs include Tatsu Aikawa & Takuya Matsumoto (Ramen Tatsu-Ya, Kemuri Tatsu-Ya); Nyesha Arrington (Native; Los Angeles); Jamie Bissonnette (Toro, Coppa, Little Donkey; Boston & NYC); 2017’s Rock Your Taco champion, Tyson Cole (Hai Hospitality: Loro); Andrew Curren (ELM Restaurant Group); Cassidee Dabney (The Barn at Blackberry Farm; Walland, TN); Jason Dady (Jason Dady Restaurants; San Antonio); Amanda Freitag (Chopped); Diego Galicia & Rico Torres (Mixtli; San Antonio); Ray Garcia (Broken Spanish; Los Angeles); Stephanie Izard (Girl & The Goat, Little Goat, Duck Duck Goat; Chicago); Paul Kahan (One Off Hospitality Group; Chicago); Tim Love Bryan Voltaggio (Volt; Frederick, MD); and Michael White (Altamarea; London, Istanbul, Hong Kong, New Jersey, NYC, Washington, D.C.).



Tickets for the 2018 Austin Food + Wine Festival go on sale Thursday, January 18, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. CT at 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; all-day access to the Grand Taste Pavilion, including the Chef Showcase; a special Sunday Gospel Brunch; Grillin’ and Chillin’; and entrance to Saturdaynight’s Rock Your Taco.


Additional programming announcements will be made over the course of the spring; please visit for more information and updates.  

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