AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Tickets for the fourth annual Austin Food + Wine Festival, April 24-26, 2015, go on sale today, January 21st, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. CST, at www.austinfoodandwinefestival.com/tickets. Presented in partnership with founders Charlie Jones, chef Tim Love, restaurateur Jesse Herman and FOOD & WINE, Austin Food + Wine Festival will host more than 40 events over three days at Auditorium Shores and Republic Square Park, including hands-on grilling demonstrations; expanded interactive fire pits helmed by an all-star lineup of chefs; Grand Tasting tents offering food, wine and cocktail tastings; live musical performances; chef tastings; book signings; and much more.
A new addition to the 2015 festival is expanded ticketing options. Tickets for the 2015 Austin Food + Wine Festival are now available for individual purchase or in two package options: All-In ($550) and Weekender ($250). The All-In experience includes access to cooking demos, fire pits, food, wine and cocktail tastings, book signings, Grand Tasting experience on Saturday & Sunday, as well as access to both Taste of Texas and Rock Your Taco evening events, Sips & Sweets after-party, and a registered spot at Tim Love's grilling demo for one of the days. The Weekender pass includes access to cooking demos, fire pits, food, wine and cocktail tastings, book signings, and Grand Tasting experience on Saturday & Sunday. Friday night's Taste of Texas ($150); Saturday night's Rock Your Taco ($200); and Sips & Sweets ($75) can also be purchased individually outside of the Weekender or All-In passes at www.austinfoodandwinefestival.com/tickets.
Austin Food + Wine will once again feature the pre-Festival Feast Under the Stars. The dinner will be a separately ticketed event, held Thursday, April 23, at Austin's Auditorium Shores. The intimate, 5-course outdoor celebration will feature chefs Tim Love; Tyson Cole; Jason Dady; Matt McCallister; and Erica Waksmunski preparing a collaborative, family-style, al fresco meal. Feast Under the Stars tickets are $225 per person (with wine pairings and parking included) and must be purchased separately from any Festival passes at www.austinfoodandwinefestival.com/tickets.
The 2015 Festival officially kicks off on Friday, April 24, with the Taste of Texas, held at Republic Square Park in the heart of downtown Austin, with a live musical performance by Jamestown Revival. With a lineup showcasing the Lone Star State's brightest chefs, Taste of Texas will feature signature dishes from: Tatsu Aikawa; Alexis Chong; Ned Elliott; Omar Flores; Diego Galicia & Rico Torres; Dustin Harvey; Allison Jenkins; Steven McHugh; Wayne Mueller; Hugo Ortega; Michael Sindoni; Blaine Staniford; Quealy Watson; Cori & Heng Xiong; and Justin Yu.
On Saturday, April 25, and Sunday, April 26, the festival grounds at Auditorium Shores will come alive with cooking demonstrations, book signings, and interactive stations where chefs will be cooking over live Fire Pits and offering tastes to attendees throughout the day. Due to popular demand, the 2015 festival will double the amount of Fire Pit stations and offer four each day, providing a front-row experience cooking with live fire. Chefs include David Bull; Thai Changthong & Paul Qui; Terrence Gallivan & Seth Siegel-Gardner; Jack & Bryce Gilmore; Jorge Hernandez & Paul Qui; Pat Martin; Tandy Wilson; and Andrew Wiseheart.
Chef and Austin Food + Wine Festival Partner Tim Love will once again host the world's largest hands-on grilling demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday. During Love's interactive demos, he will teach attendees how to master the grill and share his personal tricks and tips for perfectly cooked meals. Festivalgoers will be able to eat what they have cooked while enjoying refreshingly cold drinks and a chance to participate in Love's infamous Shot Roulette. Attendees must have an All-In pass to take part in the interactive demo, and are guaranteed one spot when they pre-register and select one day at time of purchase.
The Chef Showcase will feature a dynamic roster of chefs serving samples of their signature dishes to festivalgoers on Saturday and Sunday. Mix and mingle in the tents while enjoying bites from participants including: John Bates; Ji Peng Chen & Ling Qi Wu; Shawn Cirkiel; Tyson Cole; Sonya Cote; Andrew Curren & David Norman; Todd Duplechan; Kevin Garrett; Jesse Griffiths; James Holmes; Josh Jones; Lance Kirkpatrick; Lawrence Kocurek & Eric Earthman; John Lewis; Rick Lopez; Tim Love; Sarah McIntosh; James Robert; Eric Silverstein; Kevin Williamson; and Carlos Ysaguirre.
Rock Your Taco, Saturday evening's signature tasting event, will bring out the competitive side of all participants. With live music from Lee Fields, chefs will square off against one another at Republic Square Park to create the ultimate taco, with winners chosen by an esteemed panel of judges, including FOOD & WINE's Christina Grdovic, Graham Elliot and Andrew Zimmern. Last year's Rock Your Taco champion Richard Blais will defend his crown against the likes of Hugh Acheson; Jamie Bissonnette & Ken Oringer; Tyson Cole; Jason Dady; Bryce Gilmore; Antonia Lofaso; Tim Love; Jenn Louis; Tony Mantuano; Chris Shepherd; Levon Wallace; Jonathan Waxman; Tandy Wilson; and Paul Qui.
Sips & Sweets, Saturday's late-night dessert and nightcap party hosted at Mellow Johnny's, will feature a selection of creative chefs driving Texas' pastry scene. Attendees can satisfy their sweet tooth and enjoy signature drinks throughout the evening with participating pastry chefs including Mary Catherine Curren; Thomas Calhoun; Janina O'Leary; Callie Speer; and Finney Walter. Sips & Sweets is included in the All-In pass, but can also be purchased individually outside of the Festival pass for $75 at www.austinfoodandwinefestival.com/tickets.
A star-studded collection of sommeliers, beverage directors, mixologists and craft beer experts rounds out the Austin Food + Wine Festival line-up, including David Alan; Devon Broglie; Craig Collins; Ray Isle; Vilma Mazaite; and Mark Oldman.
The complete list of programming will be announced February 18, 2015. Please visit www.austinfoodandwinefestival.com for more information.
Tickets for the 2015 Austin Food + Wine Festival go on sale Wednesday, January 21st, at 10:00 a.m. CST and are now available for individual purchase or in two package options: All-In ($550) and Weekender ($250). The All-In experience includes access to cooking demos, fire pits, food, wine and cocktail tastings, book signings, Grand Tasting experience on Saturday & Sunday, as well as access to both Taste of Texas and Rock Your Taco evening events, Sips & Sweets after-party, and a registered spot at Tim Love's grilling demo for one of the days. The Weekender pass includes access to cooking demos, fire pits, food, wine and cocktail tastings, book signings, and Tasting experience on Saturday & Sunday. Friday night's Taste of Texas ($150); Saturday night's Rock Your Taco ($200); and Sips & Sweets ($75) can also be purchased individually outside of the Weekender or All-In passes at www.austinfoodandwinefestival.com/tickets.
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The Austin Food + Wine Festival is generously sponsored by FOOD & WINE, H-E-B, Republic National Distributing Company, Stella Artois, KitchenAid, and Pure Leaf.
About Austin Food + Wine Festival:
The Austin Food + Wine Festival marks a compelling collaboration between C3 Presents and some of Texas' most exciting chefs and restaurateurs, including Tim Love, Iron Chef Champion, the co-host of CNBC's Restaurant Startup, and the owner/chef of The Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Love Shack, TLC Catering, White Elephant Saloon, Queenie's Steakhouse, and The Woodshed Smokehouse in Ft. Worth, TX, and Jesse Herman of Violet Crown, owner of the James Beard Foundation Award-nominated La Condesa and Sway restaurants and partner and operator of Hotel Ella and the upcoming South Congress Hotel.. C3 Presents is the Austin-based event company that produces Lollapalooza in Chicago's Grant Park, and Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin's Zilker Park. The Austin Food + Wine Festival will take place April 24-26, 2015, bringing an array of taste, talent and culinary entertainment to the Capital City. Please visit www.austinfoodandwinefestival.com for future details on the event. http://www.facebook.com/austinfoodwine http://www.twitter.com/austinfoodwine
About FOOD & WINE:
FOOD & WINE is the ultimate authority on the best of what's new in food, drink, travel, design and entertaining. FOOD & WINE has an extensive social media following on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr and Foursquare. FOOD & WINE includes a monthly magazine; digital editions on the iPad, Kindle Fire and Nook Color; a website, foodandwine.com; a books division; FWx, a digital brand and website for millennials; plus newsletters, clubs, events around the globe and a restaurant partnership, Chefs Club by FOOD & WINE.
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