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Spring Means Fabulous Outside Events in Austin! (Revised) March 25, 2014

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, 2014East 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, 2014Austin 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, 2014Live 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

Chef lineup:

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:
To order tickets, go here:
My recap of the 2011 Live Fire event here:

April 30, 2014Homegrown 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: $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.


Amplify Austin Day, March 20, 2014 March 18, 2014

Amplify Austin’s big day of giving to local non-profits, is coming up in 2 days and 9 hours, as I write this.  From March 20-March 21st, you can donate to your choice of over 400 non-profits.  The goal of Amplify Austin is to raise $4,000,000 in 24 hours!

There are several non-profits that are near and dear to my heart, so I’m sharing their pages here in an effort to get the word out about their good works.

Green Corn Project –

Texas Organic Farmer’s and Gardeners Association –

The Sustainable Food Center –

Austin Food and Wine Alliance –

The main website is and you can search for the non-profit of your choice.



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.)


Great Austin Events to Attend this Fall September 13, 2012

The long hot Summer is showing signs of coming to an end, and I couldn’t be happier about that.  Fall brings around some of my favorite events of the year, and that time is approaching quickly.  With so many great events coming up, it is easy to miss things without a game plan.  Here is a list of events on my radar in the weeks and months ahead.  (This list is not all-inclusive with the obvious omissions of ACL and Formula 1.  These are just  the events that interest me, and I’m sure I’ve missed some)

Texas Monthly BBQ Festival, September 23, from 1:00 to 5:00 on the Terrace at the Long Center for Performing Arts.  If you like BBQ, this will be the place for  you.

The Homegrown Revival has announced their Fall Supper lineup, including a Porchetta dinner on October 3, 2012, Rabbits and Rice on October 17, 2012 and a Happy Thanksgiving dinner on November 22, 2012.  Tickets for each dinner go on sale separately, and can be purchased from their website:

Urban Roots Fall Harvest Festival on the rooftop at Whole Foods at 6th and Lamar, October 21, from 3:00 – 6:00.

The Green Corn Project Fall Fundraiser, is my favorite event of the year.  Held at Boggy Creek Farm, this years festival, featuring local food and beverages, chef demos, a silent auction, live music, all in a gorgeous setting, will be on Sunday, October 28, 2012.

The Texas Book Festival is always a fun event, with lots of authors on hand to talk about and sign their books.  This years festival will be on

October 27, and 28, 2012 at the State Capitol Building.  The schedule of events and authors in attendance is here:

On November 4, 2012, The Austin Food and Wine Alliance will host Wine and Swine, a pig roast event at Pioneer Farms.  Check back with the Alliance’s website for more information coming soon.

Edible Austin’s Eat and Drink Local Week will kick off on December 1, 2012, with the East Austin Urban Bicycle Tour which starts at the SFC Farmer’s Market downtown at Republic Square.   This will be a week of fun events featuring local food and beverage and benefitting the Sustainable Food Center and Urban Roots.  More information on their website: