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2014 Austin Food & Wine Fest Recap

04.28.2014 by: Beth Stockwell Vanderkolk
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Though the weather was less than perfect this weekend, this year's Austin Food & Wine Festival was a total success! Tons of our favorite restaurants, chefs, and wineries came together for 2 days of incredible bites, cooking lessons, wine tastings, and mingling in Butler Park.

The Carillon's pork spareribs with curried peanuts and Thai flavors

Henri's local bison liver pate with cognac, fig & maple syrup

Odd Duck's goat revolution taco

Foreign & Domestic
fire pit duty

Jack Allen's
and BarleySwine fire pit

Frank's duck rillettes

Goodall's pulled pork gougeres

La Condesa's Mexican fruit cup

Chef Jen Costello from  The Bonneville  serving lamb pastrami and looking adorable

Chef Richard Blais at his book signing

Andrew Zimmern chatting up festival goers

Insane amounts of wine available to festival goers

This year, a Taste pass sold for $250- and what did that get a ticket holder? Well, a whole lot! Taste passes get you entry to the festival for both days, unlimited drinking and eating in the Grand Tasting Pavilion, tons of cooking demos (by famed chefs like Rick Bayless, Ming Tsai, and Andrew Zimmern), wine pairings, and also access to book signings.

While many festivals of this sort can be overcrowded, overheated, and have tons of lines, AFWF did it right. There were hardly lines, tons of clean bathrooms with sinks, plenty of shade in the pavilion, and more than enough food to go around.

While a $250 ticket may seem steep, after wining and dining yourself to your heart's content, it's truly worth it.

{Austin Food and Wine Festival Offical Website}

{Photos via Beth Vanderkolk and Austin Food and Wine Festival Instagram}