Hot Luck Fest is officially back and returning to Austin Memorial Day Weekend, May 26 – 29. Launched by James Beard Award–winner Aaron Franklin, Guerilla Suit principal and Mohawk owner James Moody, and Mike Thelin, cofounder of Feast Portland, Hot Luck was created to feel more like a family get-together and a backyard cookout than just food festival. It brings together some of Franklin’s favorite chefs, cooks, pit masters and musicians from all over the country and beyond.

Hot Luck Weekend

The Hot Luck weekend means fun food events by day, featuring some of the most talented chefs in the world making food and serving good times at beloved Austin-area venues. At night, the focus shifts to music as guests can experience Austin nightlife with shows at some of Austin’s most iconic clubs, including Mohawk and Antone’s. This year, Hot Luck is excited to welcome Superchunk, Shannon and The Clams, DJ Jazzy Jeff with DJ Mel, Cam Cole, Joe Marcinek Band featuring George Porter Jr. (of The Meters) and more.  Hot Luck Fest will partner with the Southern Smoke Foundation as the charity beneficiary of the Hot Luck festival.

Hot Luck Fest


Whether you want to attend every event for four days straight with the Whole Enchilada Pass or come check out one food or music event, Hot Luck has got you covered. Ticket prices for music shows start at only $10.

The Whole Enchilada Ticket Package: 

$500 for adults, $150 for 12-20 year olds; $75 for 12 and under, and $1,000 for family (two adults and two kids)

Offering a limited opportunity to experience the full weekend of the fourth annual Hot Luck food and music festival. Enjoy main events, music shows and more! Come hang with chefs, mingle with the industry and enjoy the most intimate festival experience available. For a behind-the-scenes look into Hot Luck, look no further. Limited to a handful of (really) lucky folks.


  • The Giddy Up — Thursday night industry welcome party (only available with Whole Enchilada Pass)

  • Hi, How Are You? at Franklin Barbecue — Main event Friday evening with early entry

  • Al Fuego at Wild Onion Ranch — Main event Saturday evening with early entry

  • The Whole Enchilada Pass is the only way into the industry kickoff Giddy Up at Mohawk and offers access to every music show


THURSDAY, MAY 26 – The Giddy Up: Mohawk

Thursday night’s industry kickoff, features a pizza party that’s second to none. Guests can expect to taste some of the best pies (among other things) gathered together in one place (plus tasty treats from Whole Foods and Christina Tosi’s Milk Bar). If you’re into high-quality pizza, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and heroic excess in general, look no further than The Giddy Up event at Mohawk in downtown Austin.

FRIDAY, MAY 27 – Hi, How Are You?: Franklin Barbecue

Welcome to Hot Luck ’22, and for a lot of you, welcome to Austin. We’re so thrilled to bring everyone together, safely. Join us for our extravagant East Side backyard get-together featuring Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue — famous for the longest lines in the history of lunch. We’ll eat, drink, and hoot with the chefs and culinary nerds behind all this prandial extravagance. All are welcome. Participating chef list below. Presented by our friends at Creekstone Farms.

SATURDAY, MAY 28 – Al Fuego: Wild Onion Ranch

What happens when the masters of flame and forge gather together on a Texas ranch to sacrifice sparks unto the heavens? The answer is Al Fuego, Hot Luck’s celebration of live-action, flame-fueled cooking styles that run the gamut. A place where we ask chefs to utilize fire as inspiration and where chefs use all types of cooking contraptions, Al Fuego is an obsessively imagined and passionately executed showcase of the most inspiring food on the planet. If you ever wonder what chefs cook for their friends in their backyard, this is the shindig for you. Boots optional. Koozies required. Participating chef list below.

Hot Luck Fest


Full Chef Lineup includes a talented group, including Alon Shaya, Saba (New Orleans, LA); Amanda Rockman, South Congress Hotel (Austin, TX); Ashleigh Shanti, Good Hot Fish (Asheville, NC); Brad Leone, rad chef on the web (New York City, NY); Bradley Nicholson, Lutie’s (Austin, TX); Carlo Lamagna, Magna Kusina (Portland, OR); Casey Wilcox, Little Trouble (Lockhart, TX); Christopher Schaefer, Geraldine’s (Austin, TX); Colin Yoshimoto, Eem (Portland, OR); Davis Turner, Huckleberry (Austin, TX); Dawn Burrell, Late August (Houston, TX); Diego Galicia + Rico Torres, Mixtli (San Antonio, TX); Donny Sirisavath, Khao Noodle Shop (Dallas, TX); Earl Ninsom, Eem (Portland, OR); Edgar Rico, Nixta Taqueria (Austin, TX); Evan LeRoy, Leroy and Lewis Barbecue, (Austin, TX); Jakub Czyszczon, Garrison (Austin, TX); James Wilson, East Austin Hotel (Austin, TX), and many others.

To see the full line-up and for more information, please visit us at and follow Hot Luck on Facebook and Instagram at @hotluckfest.

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