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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:


Springdale Farm Pig Roast December 4, 2010

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This evening I attended a Pig Roast at Springdale Farm, which was one of the first events of Edible Austin, Eat Local Week.  I love Springdale Farm, and Glenn and Paula Foore, the owners.  Springdale Farm sits on just under 5 acres on Springdale Lane, near Boggy Creek Farm.  Unlike Boggy Creek Farm, the Foore’s don’t live on the property.  They have a farmstand on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 9-1:00, selling their produce and eggs.  They have beautiful chickens.

Springdale Farm

I showed up a bit early, to get some pictures in the last of the daylight.  I wanted to see the pig roasting in action.  There were two pigs, the one roasted on an open flame, and a larger one that had been quartered and placed into two La Caja China boxes, like the one we used at my house a couple of months ago.

Pig roasting in cinder block pit

Off the spit

I didn’t take pictures of their largest growing area, but I love this wine bottle raised garden.

Wine Bottle Raised Garden

I’m also a huge fan of their growing tables, mostly filled with lettuces.  These would have come in handy when I was having back problems.

These growing tables are genius

Before the pig was ready, guests were provided fresh garden produce for sampling.

Garden snacks

When the first pig was brought to the serving tables, it was still in large chunks.  An instructor from the culinary school started shredding it and asked me to help him, so I put on gloves and got to work.

Roasted pig

There were seasonal sides prepared by Elizabeth Winslow of Farmhouse Delivery.  Broccoli, sweet potatoes, salad and a sautéed mushroom dish.


Gorgeous salad

There were desserts from Pie Fixes Everything, Whole Foods and Blue Note Bakery.  There was live music, and everyone sat on the lawn, under a sprawling pecan tree adorned with Christmas lights.  It was such a nice evening.  Good people, good food in a great setting for a wonderful cause – Urban Roots.  There will be events for the next week for Eat Local Week, and lots of area restaurants are participating with special, locally sourced meals.


Get your Edible Austin Raffle Tickets – Great Prizes! December 2, 2010

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 Edible Austin’s Eat Local Week benefitting Urban Roots, kicks off this Saturday, beginning at the SFC Farmer’s Market at Republic Square and the East Austin Urban Farm bike tour.  At every event for the next week, including the Farmer’s Markets downtown and at the Triangle, there will be opportunities to purchase raffle tickets.  I bought 5 yesterday.  The prizes are as follows:

Grand Prize – Value $1000 – Central Market private hands-on cooking class for 8 taught by Chef Christina Lee, winner of the 2010 Chefs Under Fire Competition.  Create a 5 course meal complete with wine pairings.

First Prize – Value $685 – A 2011 Urban Roots CSA Share.  17 weeks of fresh, organic produce grown by local Austin youth.  Winner must commit to picking up their produce from the Saturday or Wednesday SFC Farmer’s Market or from Urban Roots farm.

Second Prize – Value $500 – A weekend stay in San Antonio at the new boutique Hotel Havana.  One of the newest hotels to open along the San Antonio Riverwalk.  Stay includes breakfast.

Third Prize-Value $150-A give certificate for a free month of Greenlings “local box” delivered to your home.

Fourth Prize – Value $65 – An Earthbox from Austin Urban Gardens.  Perfect for balconies and patios, the Earthbox is maintenance free and more than doubles the yield of a conventional garden.

Tickets are 1 for $5.00 or 5 for $20.  Great prizes for a great cause.


Edible Austin Eat Local Week Starts this Saturday November 30, 2010

Edible Austin’s annual Eat Local Week, benefiting Urban Roots, starts off the week of events, Saturday morning at the SFC Farmer’s Market at Republic Square. (downtown)  The Mayor will be on hand to launch Eat Local Week with a proclamation, and a 24 carrot salute and other fun events.  There are events throughout the week, supporting local vendors, coffee, cocktails, art and an Urban Bike Farm Tour of my favorite East Austin Farms.  See all of the events here:

BookPeople Preview event
Urban Farm Bicycle Tour
Pig Roast and Harvest Dinner
Drink Local Coffee Festival
Drink Local Night and Tipsy Texan Drink Local Cocktail Contest
Better Bites Holiday Gift Fair at City Hall
Fine Food and Art Night
Media Celebrity Cook Off
Texas Craft Brewer Mini-Festival

The events I’m looking most forward to are the Pig Roast and Harvest Dinner at Springdale Farms, the Better Bites Holiday Gift Fair at City Hall on the 8th (free event) and the celebrity cookoff between local media celebrities, Nic Ciccone of FOX 7 News and Addie Broyles, from the Austin American Statesman on December 11th at the SFC Farmer’s Market.   In addition to the special events, many restaurants are participating throughout the week with special dishes and menus using locally sourced ingredients.  A list of participating restaurants is here:

Antonelli’s Cheese Shop is hosting a Texas Cheese and Charcuterie Class on December 8, 2010 benefiting Urban Roots.

Con O’lio Oils and Vinegars in the Arboretum is donating a portion of their sales to Urban Roots as well.

Come on out to the SFC Farmer’s Market downtown this Saturday for Eat Local Week launch, grab a delicious, wood-fired pizza from Bola Pizza, and get a taste of our wonderful local farmers and food makers have to offer.



Edible Austin Eat Local Week December 4, 2009

Our most wonderful local foodie and farm publication, Edible Austin, has so many things coming up for their Eat Local Week, celebrating local food, local farmers, and supporting Urban Roots, an organization dedicated to Cultivating Young Leaders to Nourish Their Communities.

There are so many events to attend that span over a week.  Most events are under $20, but check first, as I don’t have the price list for all events.

Austin Farmers’ Market Kick-Off Event with the mayor at 10 a.m. December 5.

Urban Farm Bicycle Tour, December 5,

Zhi Tea, Tea Festival, 10:00-2:00 December 5,

FRESH at the Paramount, December 5

Owl Tree Roasting – Drink Local Coffee Festival, December 6

Palm Door, Pink Avocado Catering and Tipsy Texan’s Drink Local Night, December 6

Alamo Drafthouse Benefeast, December 7

Local Grower’s First Frost, December 8

AMOA Gulf Coast Sampler, December 8

Better Bites of Austin’s Local Holiday Gift Fair, December 9

Wally Workman Gallery presents Fine Food Art Night, December 10,

Whip In Parlour Cafe & Market, Meet your Local Brewers Happy Hour, December 11

Austin Farmer’s Market 2nd Annual Media Celebrity Local Food Cook-off, December 12

It is going to be a really fun filled week!