Austin Food & Wine Festival offers a selection of top talent for 2022

One of Austin’s most beloved bacchanalia returns this fall. Presented by Food & Wine magazine and Austin’s C3 Presents, the eleventh annual Austin Food & Wine Festival will take place November 4-6, and tickets are on sale now. Attracting top talent to Texas, the three-day celebration showcases some of the best food, wine and spirits in the country.

Anchored at Auditorium Shores, festival highlights include a Wurst Weekend kick-off event (new this year); the ever-popular Rock Your Taco contest; flaming bites from the Fire Pit; cooking demonstrations and conversations; sample-on-sample signature dishes and drink tastings; and, of course, live music.

This year’s event features a dynamic roster of local, regional and national chefs, whose products and wines can be sampled throughout the weekend. Visit austinfoodandwinefestival.com/tickets to purchase tickets and check out the lineup below for an overview of upcoming events.

Wurst weekend kick off
Chef Tim Love (Lonesome Dove) and Jesse Herman (Koko’s) will kick off the weekend with a Bavarian menu featuring wood-fired sausages, brats, pork and more. Featuring regional wines and beers, the AFWF says the event is sure to be “the best (wurst) way to kick off the weekend”.

Rock your taco
At Saturday night’s Signature Tasting, chefs will compete to create the ultimate taco, voted for by guests. This year’s contestants include: Shion Aikawa (Tatsu-ya); Nicola Blaque (The Jerk Shack & Mi Roti); Jo Chan (Chan Hospitality); Tiffany Derry (Roots Southern Table); Ford Fry (Superica); Sarah Grueneberg (Monteverde Restaurant); Sarah Heard and Nathan Lemley (foreign and domestic); C. J. Jacobson (Aba); Steve McHugh (recovered); Shota Nakajima (Banzai Teriyaki, Taku); Laura Sawicki (pastry chef, Austin); and Brooke Williamson (Playa Provisions).

Chef Demos
The weekend’s chef demos will feature tips and tricks from a host of chefs, including Jo Chan (Chan Hospitality); Tiffany Derry (Roots Southern Table); Kevin Fink (Emmer & Rye Hotel Group); Ford Fry (Superica); Diego Galicia and Rico Torres (Mixtli); Sarah Grueneberg (Monteverde Restaurant); and Fermín Núñez (Este).

Foyer
Featuring bites “fresh out of the flames”, with pitmasters and chefs cooking over the fire, this event features exceptional barbecues and other dishes. Guests will receive first-hand advice from the pros, including: Sonya Coté (Hillside Farmacy); Jason Dady (Jason Dady SATX Restaurants); Jorge Luis Hernandez (Hotel Emma); Andy Knudson (Tillie’s); Jesse Kuykendall (Milpa, Ocho); Shota Nakajima (Banzai Teriyaki, Taku); and Kristina Zhoa (DASHI Sichuan Kitchen + Bar).

Showcase of chefs
The local and regional chefs participating in the Saturday and Sunday Chef Showcases are: Alma Alcocer (El Alma); William Ankeney (Tiny Pies); Junior Borges (Meridian); Daniel Brooks (Licha’s, Chapulin Cantina); Jeff Brown (Old Thousand); Raul Castillo (Honey Moon Spirit lounge); Ji Peng Chen (Wu Chow); Jakub Czyszczon (Garrison); Todd Duplechan (Vixen’s Wedding); Javier and Judith Equihua (Ma’Coco); Nick Erven (Wax Myrtle); Roberto Espinosa (Taco Deli); Jacob Euler (La Vacher); Joseph Gomez (Con-Todo); Jesse Herman (KoKo); C. J. Jacobson (Aba); Justin Klajbor (Central Machinery Plant); Enma Lopez (ABW Can-Tina); Geronimo Lopez (Botika); Liz Everett and Stephanie Everett Martin (Ensenada ATX); Brad McDonald (Nido); Jason McVearry (Poke-Poke); Anne Ng & Jeremy Mandrell (Lorraine Bakery); André Molina (Wine & Kitchen Aviary); Kyle Mulligan (1417); Eric Nathal (Rotisserie Austin); Brian Olenjack (lone dove); Pedro Quevedo and Alex Swenson (Gelato Paradiso); Phoebe Raileanu (Casper Fermentables); Blake Ransome (rules and regulations); Berty Richter (Ladino); Jeramie Robinson (Catbird); Ryan Samson (Vespaio, Chapulin Cantina); Shun Shiroma (Sazan Ramen); Krystal Craig and Ian Thurwachter (Intero); Leanna Valenti (Bento Picnic); Finn Walter, (The Nicolett); Jessica Winters (Cruztec); Ling Wu (Lin Asian Bar); and Kristina Zhao, (DASHI Sichuan Kitchen + Bar).

Ticket types range from VIP, All-in, Weekender and One-Day Passes, each with its own degree of access and special benefits. All participants must be 21 years of age or older.

The Austin Food & Wine Festival is the benefactor of the Texas Food & Wine Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and innovation in the Central Texas food and wine community through grants, educational programs and events. To date, Austin Food & Wine Festival has donated more than $1.3 million to the alliance.

Elisha A. Tilghman