Austin Food + Wine Festival has announced their lineup of food, lifestyle, wine & spirit partners at the Grand Taste, presented by Bank of America and the dynamic selection of interactive experiences at the festival, April 27-29.
Located on festival grounds at Auditorium Shores and spanning across 4 acres, the Austin Food + Wine Festival’s Grand Taste offers a prime location for attendees to sip, savor, mix and mingle their way through 150 of Austin’s and the country’s top food, beverage and wine artisans. The Grand Taste will be open on Saturday, April 28, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., and on Sunday, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., and entrance is included in both All-In and Weekender Tickets.
Grand Taste Purveyors
This year’s food and lifestyle purveyors scheduled to attend the Grand Taste include: 1934 BBQ; Barbecue Wife; Barritts Ginger Beer; Be Mixed Cocktail Mixer; Cayman Islands; Chameleon Cold Brew; City Hall Bistro; Cuvee Coffee; DelGrosso Foods; Fairmont Hotel’s Garrison Grill; Hammer Stahl; High Brew Coffee; Hudson Meats; Jcoco Chocolate; Kerrygold; Mahatma Rice; Noon Mediterranean; Olive + M; Renaissance Hotel; Shade Tree Lemonade; Skull and Cakebones; Stella San Jac; Caroline’s; Swamp Dragon Hot Sauce; Tree Hive; and True Food Kitchen. Festivalgoers will also have the opportunity to sample over 50 wines, spirits and beers from across the globe in the Grand Taste, including: 1000 Stories; 7 Moons; 9 Banded Whiskey; August Wine Group; Austin Eastciders and many more.
Give Back at Grand Taste
Throughout the weekend, the festival will offer attendees a variety of interactive culinary, beverage and lifestyle experiences around the park. Celebrate great food and great wine in the Grand Taste with Bank of America. Festival attendees will also have the opportunity to choose a local charity and give back to the greater Austin community while enjoying many of the flavors of the festival while learning expert tips to help enhance their experience.
And now a word from the Sponsors
Benvenuti! Barilla, the Masters of Pasta ™, welcomes attendees to share the table, enjoy authentic Italian pasta recipes, talk with the chef and stop in for a fun photo opportunity to remember their time at Austin Wine + Food Festival. Stop by the Crimson and Malene Wines Airstream to taste the newest release on tap, the 2017 Malene Rosé, as well as Chamisal Vineyard’s Stainless Chardonnay, in the style and comfort of a vintage 1969 Airstream.
Join H-E-B In the Kitchen with the 4J’s – chefs Jonathan Waxman, Jimmy Bradley, Joey Campanaro & Jason Giagrande for modern takes on classic dishes, delicious wines and 4J coffee. VisitHendrick’s to experience The World’s Most Utterly Inefficient Cocktail Bar. Handcrafted from three stories high, enjoy the show as cocktails are shaken, strained and poured each step of the way from Hendrick’s marvelous, but most utterly inefficient cocktail bar.
Can’t make it to Loretto? No worries, Maker’s Mark will bring a small taste of Loretto to Austin. Swing by for fresh handcrafted cocktails made with Maker’s Mark or Maker’s 46. Attendees are also encouraged to roll up their sleeves with expert craftsmen and experience the satisfaction of making something with their own two hands.
Festivalgoers can also step out of the kitchen into a world of culinary exploration with Toyota! Get travel-ready with a personalized luggage tag, create a custom cutting board, sample refreshing aguas frescas, and take home the perfect carry-on tote bag. Want to commemorate your experience? Stop by for a photo, compliments of Toyota. Let’s go places!
Live “La Vita Ruffino” with Ruffino Prosecco! Enjoy a sparkling welcome to the festival and throughout the weekend with Ruffino Prosecco & Sparkling Rosé. Salute! Also, meet winemaker Fintan du Fresne and learn about his passion for making excellent California Rosé or stop by Tito’s to learn the history of this Austin original and enjoy a taste (or two) of these favorite cocktails.
Looking to taste it all? Visit Treasury Wine Estates for some rosé, frosé, wine on tap, bubbles and more. Meet Treasury’s very own Trevor Durling, winemaker of Beaulieu Vineyard and Hewitt Vineyards,on Saturday from 1:00p.m. – 3:00p.m. He will take you on a journey of Rutherford’s pioneer wines. Don’t miss this experience!