After a long, and very cold winter in Austin, I look forward to outdoor events in the Spring. There are many, many events, and this list is not exhaustive by any means. I do have my favorites, all of which involve amazing food, cocktails and support good causes. My picks also boast some of my favorite outdoor venues in the City as well.
March 29, 2014 – This weekend, there are two events that I really enjoy, this Saturday March 29th, is Farmhouse Delivery’s Fais D0-Do, Gumbo Cookoff at Rain Lily Farm. Stroll the gorgeous grounds at Rain Lily Farm, sampling Gumbo from the varied entrants, sipping on bloody marys, listening to Zydeco music. There are raffle prizes, too. I’m in! $10 a ticket. Proceeds benefit Creek People.
March 30, 2014 – this Sunday, 2nd Annual Crawfish Boil at Lenoir, benefiting Austin Food for Life, a non-profit organization that assists Austin area food workers with health care. This event will take place in the garden behind Lenoir. $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
April 13, 2014 – East Austin Urban Farm Tour - Spend a Sunday afternoon strolling amongst the crops, visiting the chickens, donkeys and goats on four urban farms mere blocks apart. At each farm, chefs will offer tastes of their art, using farm ingredients. Local mixologists, brewers, and wine merchants will share sips. In the fields, farmers will introduce their crops, share their experiences as farmers and answer gardening questions. It will be the perfect opportunity to get your gardening questions solved, with farm tours on the hour. Proceeds benefit Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance.
Your $50 ticket will tell you which farm to start at, to prevent a backlog at any of the farms. No charge for children 12 & under.
Boggy Creek Farm – 3414 Lyons Road Austin, TX 78702
Food: Wink Restaurant, Cafe Jose, Dolce Neve, Lenoir, Bufalina. Drinks: Austin Wine Merchant, Live Oak, Weather Up
Hausbar Farm – 3300 Govalle, Austin, TX 78702
Food: Qui, Bola Pizza, Kome, Anjore Deepa, Dai Due. Drinks Dripping Springs Vodka, Wahaca Tequila
Rain Lily Farm – 914 Shady Ln, Austin, TX 78702
Food: Olive and June, Fabi and Rosi, Fresa’s. (will update with full list)
Springdale Farm – 755 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78702
Food: Eden East/Hillside Farmacy, Driskill Grill, Peche, Olamaie, Confituras. Drinks Vinyards of Florence, Hops N Grain, Peche
See my recap of the 2011 East Austin Urban Farm Tour here:
April 19, 2014-Austin Funky Chicken Coop Tour - Spend an afternoon on a self-guided tour of select Austin-area produce keepers to get inspiration for your own urban coop. Proceeds benefit the Urban Poultry Association of Texas, Inc.
My recap of the 2010 Funky Chicken Coop Tour is here:
April 17, 2014 -Live Fire! – Austin Food and Wine Alliance 6:30 – 9:00
This year at the Salt Lick Pavilion, local and regional chefs will exhibit their culinary mastery over open flames. Stroll the beautiful grounds of the Salt Lick Pavilion, taste the chefs’ offerings, taste a variety of wines and enjoy being outside before summer moves us all back inside. $75.00
Rene Ortiz of Angry Bear, Jesse Perez of Arcade Midtown Kitchen (San Antonio), Brandon Fuller of Cafe Josie, Kendall Melton of Contigo, Jeff Martinez of El Chile Cafe y Cantina, Aaron Franklin of Franklin’s BBQ, Matt McAllister of FT33, (Dallas), Jason Dady of Jason Dady Restaurants (San Antonio), Ronnie Killen of Killen’s BBQ (Pearland), Rick Lopez of La Condesa, Monica Glenn of qui, Ben Runkle, Bryan Butler and Josh Jones of Salt & Time Butcher Shop & Salumeria, Callie Speer of Swift’s Attic, Josh Watkins of The Carillon, Timothy Rattray of The Granary (San Antonio), Scott Roberts of The Salt Lick (Driftwood), Kristine Kittrell of Weather Up, Reece Lagunas of Whole Foods Market
More about this event from their website: http://austinfoodwinealliance.org/?page_id=610
To order tickets, go here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/live-fire-2014-tickets-10930275749
My recap of the 2011 Live Fire event here:
April 30, 2014 – Homegrown Revival Dinner at HOPE Outdoor Gallery. “A very special dinner on the top level of one of Austin’s most popular landmarks – The HOPE Outdooor Gallery. The night includes a 5-7 course locally sourced dining experience with music and pairs drinks along copy of HOPE Outdoor Gallery; Lost & Found Vol 1 art book & collection sticker pack.” The dinner will be prepared by Chef Sonya Cote. This should be a fabulous evening with amazing food, drinks and company. $150.00. For tickets click here.
May 8, 2014 – Sustainable Food Center Farm to Plate: http://www.sustainablefoodcenter.org/donate/farm-to-plate $125.00
Sip and stroll format, with lots of local chefs, at the beautiful Barr Mansion. Proceeds benefit the Sustainable Food Center and their many fabulous programs.