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Eat, drink and make merry

Posted by on April 17, 2014

There’s plenty of fun times with food and drink in Austin at any given moment, but the next few weeks will be spectacular. The Austin Food & Wine Festival is just around the corner, bringing in celebrity chefs who aren’t just pretty faces (well, some are quite easy on the eyes) but possess stellar talents.  The one thing that stands out with the Austin Food & Wine Fest for me is that these chefs are not the dry as a bone, extremely serious lecturing types. Oh no, not at all! They are out to have just as much fun as you will, and maybe more.  Think the festival is too highbrow for you? Pictured below is one industry professional who was leading a morning conversation on wine at last year’s AFWFest.  Charles Smith is the irreverent “El Presidente” of K Vintners, whose tag line on their website reads “It’s just wine. Drink it.”  Ya gotta love that sage advice.

Charles Bieler of K Vintners demonstrating how to drink wine out of a glass.

Charles Smith of K Vintners demonstrating how to drink wine out of a glass — in this case, a glass bottle.

Other food-related events that are guaranteed to satisfy:

Austin Eastciders will soon release their canned cider.  Austinites are already enjoying the cidery’s Gold Top on tap at various locales in town.

This Saturday is the annual Funky Chicken Coop Tour, where $12 gets you a map and is your (or your group’s) ticket entry to visit fourteen different coops between 10am and 4pm.  Gain inspiration from each, and spend the day happily imagining the coop you will want for your own backyard, sideyard, or like my neighbors down the block, front yard. It’s all in the name of fresh eggs and fertilizer, y’all.

Love tacos? What about tequila? On Thursday, May 1st join Edible Austin at TNT Tacos & Tequila for Lucinda Hutson’s book signing.  Hutson’s ¡Viva Tequila¡ Cocktails, Cooking and Other Agave Adventures is this Spring’s hottest gift for the tequila lover in your circles.  There will be a complimentary tequila tasting from Tequila Herradura and more. More information, and to RSVP, found here.

On May 9-11, the Gelato World Tour will serve up delectable goodness and a healthy dose of gelato education in its only North American stop.  For their three days in the U.S., the tour will make its home at Republic Square Park.  I love that we are the only city on our continent to host the tour, and I’m shamelessly considering visiting each day. For more details, and to learn the differences between gelato and ice cream, visit their website.

There is always fun to be found in our city!  I tweet about it daily at @ATXFoodnews.  Join me on Twitter, and also Facebook.

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