Austin’s Delicious April Events
I am hearing about so many wonderful-sounding events in the month of April, and wanted to share them here with you, as well as list them for my own reference.
Funky Chicken Coop Tour
Saturday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The purpose of this tour is to encourage city residents to raise chickens at home by demonstrating the many ways that chicken (and other poultry) housing can be incorporated into urban residence without violating city ordinances or creating a nuisance. Buy your “ticket(s)” in advance online for pick up the morning of the tour from the Information Center at Buck Moore Feed.
Cost: $10 for a guide, which can be shared with a group
Slow Food Austin’s Slow Session on Refrigerator Pickling
Wednesday, April 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Kate Payne, author of The Hip Girls’ Guide to Homemaking
In this Slow Session, you’ll learn the basics of refrigerator pickling, a quicker, convenient, less labor intensive way to store your fresh veggies and create delicious snacks, meal accompaniments, and gifts! This method applies to cucumbers of course, but much more including zucchini, artichokes, eggplant, and peppers.
East Austin Urban Farm Tour
Sunday, April 15 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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.
SFC Chef Series: Spring Bounty
Sunday, April 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
La Condesa: 400 W. 2nd Street
Cocktail Party: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Rene Ortiz – executive chef at La Condesa
Nate Wells – mixologist at La Condesa
Six Course Dinner with drinks pairing: 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Jesse Griffiths – executive chef at Dai Due
Andrew Wiseheart – executive chef at Contigo
Shawn Cirkiel – executive chef at Olive & June
John Bates – executive chef at Noble Pig
James Holmes – executive chef at Lucy’s
Jessica Maher – pastry chef at Lenoir
Moontower Comedy Festival
Wednesday, April 23 to Sunday, April 28
Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival presented by the Paramount Theatre brings to Austin, TX some of the funniest, wittiest and oddest world-class comics from around the globe. This marathon of side-splitting nights throughout the city is slated to bring over 60 comedians doing everything from stand-up and sketch to improv and musical comedy. National headliners, up-and-comer and local Austin-based comedians ensure that there are options for every type of comedy fan; die-hards to those just looking for a fun night.
Cost: Shows Vary in Cost Starting at $10
Thursday, April 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Salt Lick BBQ Pavilion
In the pristine Texas Hill Country setting along the banks of Onion Creek, Live Fire! attendees will enjoy live music and a dazzling menu of innovative hot-fire cooked beef dishes prepared by more than a dozen chefs from Austin, San Antonio and Portland, OR. Participating chefs include visiting chefs Naomi Pomeroy of Beast in Portland, Adam Sappington of the Country Cat in Portland, Jason Dady of Jason Dady Restaurants in San Antonio. Austin chefs include John Bullington of Alamo Drafthouse, Josh Watkins of The Carillon, Andrew Wiseheart of Contigo, Jesse Griffiths of Dai Due, Jonathan Gelman of the Driskill Hotel, Ned Elliott of Foreign & Domestic, Aaron Franklin of Franklin BBQ, Damian Mandola of Mandola’s, Scott Roberts, of the Salt Lick BBQ, Reece Lagunas of Whole Foods Market.
Cost: $75 (link to purchase tickets)
Austin FOOD & WINE Festival
Friday, April 27 to Sunday, April 29
Pamper your palate in one of the hippest cities in the country at the first-ever Austin FOOD & WINE Festival, presented by FOOD & WINE Magazine. Join top chef talent, sommeliers and winemakers from across the nation and Austin’s own acclaimed gourmet scene for an indulgent, two-day epicurean adventure unlike any other, topped off with live performances by Lucinda Williams and Mayer Hawthorne & The County.
Throughout the weekend, you’ll experience up-close and personal access to culinary, wine and spirit talent at over 35 cooking demos, wine and cocktail seminars. Between sessions, drop by the VIP or Weekender Lounge for complimentary beer, wine and cocktails. Then sip and nibble your way through The H-E-B Grand Tasting Pavilion showcasing over 80 wine, spirit and artisanal food exhibitors, along with celebrated local and regional restaurants. Plus, pick-up copies of inspiring cookbooks and get them signed by your favorite chefs in the BookPeople autograph tent. From tacos and tequila to grilling and grapes, spoil yourself with the sights, sounds and laid-back flavor only the Live Music Capital of the World can offer.
Cost: Starts at $250 for a 3-day pass
Which of these events do you plan to attend? I’m hoping to check out the Moontower Comedy Festival and the Austin FOOD & WINE Festival — I have a press pass to the latter and may volunteer at the former. What about you?Tags: Austin Food & Wine Alliance, Austin Food & Wine Festival, events, funky chicken coop tour, hip girls guide to homemaking, La Condesa, Live Fire, Moontower comedy, slow food, sustainable food center, urban farm tour