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!