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Raised Bed Gardening and Eating Well in Austin, Texas

Fall Festival Time is Here! September 25, 2013

Its finally Fall, and that means lot of amazing outdoor festivals in Austin, starting this weekend.

This weekend is for beer lovers!  The Texas Craft Brewer’s Festival on September 28, 2013 from 2:00-8:00 p.m.  This festival will be at Fiesta gardens, and will feature over 130 Craft Beers on Tap, food from Lucky J’s, Salt & Time, Boomerang, Uncle Billy’s and Fire & Soul.  Live music will be provided by Lost Pines, Devil’s Hollow and Boxcar Preachers.  General Admission tickets are $21.79.

Urban Roots Seed to Harvest Kick Off Event, October 1, 2013, from 6:00 to 8:30 at Malverde.  This amazing organization is a “youth development organization that uses sustainable agriculture to transform the lives of young people and increase access to healthy food in Austin.”  Urban Roots is a non-profit and does remarkable work, which you will be able to see in person as you meet and mingle with the youth and Board of Directors.  Appetizers and Drinks provided by La Condesa. $25.00

Texas Book Festival October 26, 27, 2013 at the Texas Capitol.  This renowned book festival will feature  over 225 authors from around the world.  This is a free event.

Green Corn Project Fall Festival October 27, 2013, from Noon – 4:00.  Tickets are $35.00 in advance, $40:00 at the door, and sales cease at 3:00.  This one is near and dear to my heart, and has been my favorite food festival of the year, for many years.  I liked the organization and the festival so much I joined the Board of Directors in December of 2012.  If you are not familiar with Green Corn Project, we are a non-profit, volunteer staffed organization whose goal to to “Feed Austin one Garden at a Time.”  Our primary focus is to provide Central Texans in need, by installing organic vegetable gardens at homes, schools, and community centers, teaching self reliance and promoting community.   We also help maintain the gardens we install, while teaching the recipient gardeners the skills to continue gardening going forward, with hands on training, gardening workshops, and seed starting and transplanting workshops.

The Fall Festival is our main source of funds for the year.   We will gather on Sunday the 27th, on the gorgeous and tranquil grounds of Austin’s oldest organic farm, Boggy Creek Farm, at 3414 Lyons Road, and sip and stroll under the trees, tasting the offerings of Austin’s best chefs and culinary talents.  There will be beer, wine and cocktails, live music on the front porch of the historic farmstead, cooking demonstrations on the back porch, and a silent auction.  Participants are Antonelli’s Cheese Shop, Asti Trattoria, Barlata, Bola Pizza, Cafe Josie, Confituras, Dai Due, Epicerie, Farmhouse Delivery, FINO, Foreign & Domestic, Hillside Farmacy, Lenoir, Lick Ice Creams, Mulberry, Olivia, Olive & June, Pate Letelier, Peche, Richard’s Rainwater, Sesa Tea, Sticky Toffee Pudding CompanyTeo Gelato, Texas Coffee Traders, Texas French Bread, Thai Fresh, Wink, Zhi Tea, Paula’s Texas Spirits, Dripping Springs Vodka, Black Star Co-op and St. Arnolds Brewing.   Get your tickets early online and please come say “howdy” to me when you get there!

For a previous post about the Fall Festival with lots of farm and food photos, go here:

La Dolce Vita  This is a sip and stroll event, October 24, 2013 from 6:00 – 9:00 put on by The Contemporary Austin, benefiting its art education programs.  Held at Laguna Gloria art museum on Lake Austin, it is a gorgeous setting, with lots of restaurants and wine on site for tastings.   Tickets are pricier, at $150 General Admission and $200 with Cocktail Lounge privileges.  If you are into supporting the arts, this event may be well worth the ticket price.  No onsite parking, but there is a shuttle available from TXDot Lot, 3500 Jackson Avenue.

Austin Food and Wine Alliance, Wine and Swine November 10, 2013  This annual pork centric event will feature lots of chef prepared pork and lots of great wine in a wonderful outdoor setting.  More info on this one to come as information is available.  (The AFWA has generously donated two tickets to this event to the aforementioned Green Corn Project Fall Festival Silent Auction.)


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