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Update-My Favorite Spring Events, 2015 March 5, 2015

It most certainly feels like Spring may never get here, but surely things will start to warm up soon.  I’m cheering myself up by looking forward to some of my favorite Springtime Events.  This list certainly in not all inclusive, and doesn’t include some of the obvious large annual events – these are just a few more affordable events I enjoy.  The update is to add Live Fire, the details of which were just released.

March 7, 2015  Sunshine Community Garden Spring Plant Sale This event is held the first Saturday of each March, and is my favorite plant sale for vegetable transplants.  The greenhouses will be filled with everything you need for your Spring Garden, including more tomato and pepper varieties that you can even fathom.  Peruse their online inventory and make your own list to take with you, or you might be overwhelmed.  Go early, wait in line, and be prepared for the crush of humanity that will ensue when they open the gates.  It’s part of the fun, I promise.

March 28, 2015  Fais Do Do, Gumbo Cookoff at Rain Lily Farm  This annual event sponsored by Farmhouse Delivery, is held at Rain Lily Farm on Shady Lane.  Your $35.00 ticket will get you unlimited gumbo tastings, complimentary beer, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages.  Proceeds benefit Creek People.  This is a really fun time, on one of our lovely East Austin Urban Farms.

March 29, 2015  Edible Austin’s Children’s Picnic and Real Food Fair  This is a fun event for the whole family, held at the historic French Legation Museum and grounds.  There will be lots of food vendors, and lots of educational opportunities as well.  Kiddos typically pet baby goats, learn about backyard chickens, learn gardening from volunteers, and leave the event with their own little box garden.

April 4, 2015 Funky Chicken Coop Tour  This-self guided tour of some of Austin’s most interesting and innovative chicken coops.  Homeowner’s show off their coops and share their experiences keeping backyard chickens.  Drawings and giveaways will be available at the launch site, Buck Moore Feed Store.

April 9, 2015 Austin Food and Wine Alliance’s Live Fire This event is a meat lovers paradise each year.  The lineup of chefs has just been released and it looks amazing!  Many of your favorites local chefs and some from restaurants in other cities, will cook over live fire, and for $70 a ticket (early bird price), you will get to sample them all.  The event is held at the Salt Lick Pavillion, and will also feature live music, mines, cocktails, and craft beer.  Proceeds go toward the Alliance’s culinary grant program.

April 12, 2015 East Austin Urban Farm Tour  Also self guided, this is a tour of 4 of Austin’s Urban Farms, Boggy Creek Farm, Springdale Farm, Hausbar Farm, and Rain Lily Farm.  These four farms are all within walking distance of one another, and just a short 3 miles from Austin’s Capitol.  Each unique farm will host hourly tours by the farmers, and you will enjoy bites from some of Austin’s best restaurants, and sips from local beverage artisans and brewers.  While the final restaurant/artisan list has yet to be announced, the early word is very impressive, including Lenoir, Wink, Olamaie, Texas French Bread, Dolce Neve, Live Oak Brewery, Weather up, Austin Wine Merchant, Qui, Kome, Fixe, Fukumoto, Uchiko, Hops n Grain, Mescal, Paula’s, Banner Vodka, The Driskill, Swifts Attic, The Hightower, Anjore, Eden, Gardner, East Ciders, Liber & Co., Zhi Tea, Dai Due, Fresas, Odd Duck, Bola Pizza, Treaty Oak Distillery, Real Ale.  I’ll update this list once it is finalized. The tickets are $50.00 for adults, kids under 10 are free and proceeds benefit Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance.

Ongoing:  Keep an eye out for volunteer opportunities with Green Corn Project.  We will be installing gardens for our recipients through March.

Ongoing:  Antonelli’s Cheese Shop has events every week, including cheese and jam pairings, cheese and beverage pairings, and classes.

Ongoing:  Confituras has jam making classes throughout the year and they are really fun and informative.  It is about to be fruit season!


Fun Food and Garden Events this Spring February 15, 2011

Once the lovely Spring weather returns, fun events start piling up, so I’m trying to get a handle on the things I’ll be attending.  All of these events are open to the public.  Here are some of my favorite events:

February 17, 2011 – Slow Food Austin Happy Hour at Malverde at La Condesa.  Come see what Slow Food is all about!

February 23, 2011 – 5:00 – 7:00 – Happy Hour at Rain Lily Farm, with live music and Bola Pizza.!/event.php?eid=193034137391580

March 5, 2011 – Sunshine Community Gardens Spring Plant Sale – This is the biggest fundraiser for the Sunshine Community Gardens, and is perfectly timed for Spring gardeners to get all the transplants they need to get their gardens started.  This sale hosts a huge variety of heirlooom tomatoes, heirloom peppers, herbs and everything else.  And it’s fun.  But, get there early, there will be a line and it gets a little frenzied.

March 13, 2011 – Brooklyn Brewery is bringing the Food Experiments, a series of amateur cook-offs launched in Brooklyn, on a multi-city tour that starts in Austin “The Pork Experiment.” Over twenty home chefs will create delectable pork dishes for the chance to win cash, prizes and a round-trip ticket to New York City to compete in the Food Experiments All Stars Competition. The Pork Experiment will take place on March 13, 2011 at Club Deville 900 Red River Street from 12:00 – 4:30 pm. (from their press release)

Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival – Ongoing Events

April 17, 2011

2nd Annual East Austin Urban Farm Tour – a self guided tour of 4 urban farms located just off of Springdale Road, Boggy Creek Farm, Hausbar Farm, Springdale Farm and Rain Lily Farm.  Local chefs will be preparing locally sourced tasty bites at each location

April 23, 2011 10:00 – 4:00

Funky Chicken Coop Tour – This Self Guided Tour of some of Austin’s most interesting Home Chicken Coops, starts at Buck Moore Feed.  Free Event


Statesman Article – update April 3, 2010

Yep, there we are.  The phone started ringing at 8:30 and didn’t stop for a long time.  I missed the farmer’s market for all intents and purposes, and so my food supply will be from the freezer this week.  No complaints from me!  It was a great day, and I’m worn out.  Funky Chicken Coop Tour photos to come.   Big thanks to Buck Moore Feed and Supply for sponsoring the Tour as well as the Sustainable Food Center.