This year’s Austin City Limits Festival will feature some flavor from its sister festival, the Austin Food and Wine Festival. Participating chefs from next April’s fourth annual festival will appear in a Chef Showcase at the food court, giving music fans a taste of some of their popular restaurants and a peek at what is to come next year.
Each day of the two-weekend festival will feature a different Texas chef. Father-son farm-to-table acolytes Jack and Bryce Gilmore will appear on October 3 serving Texas fare (fish tacos, grilled quail and kolaches with goat sausage). Saturday’s fest features food from San Antonio chef Jason Dady, an AFWF veteran, and Fort Worth chef Blaine Staniford of Grace Restaurant will serve dishes on Sunday, including a vegetarian Frito pie.
The second weekend features Alexis Chong of Sway serving the Thai restaurant’s salt-and-pepper shrimp, one of my favorite appetizers in town; Andrew Wisehart of Contigo, who will give a sneak peek of the upcoming East Austin veggie-forward restaurant Gardner with red beets and charred broccoli; and ACL and AFWF veteran David Bull. The Congress chef will prepare a portabella mushroom banh mi and a pork belly banh mi, one of my favorite bites from last year’s festival.
The festivals are running a cross-promotion during ACL Fest. When people label pictures of their favorite Austin food dishes with the hashtags #aclfest and #afwfest, they will be entered in contests to win a pair of weekend passes to next year’s AFWF. The contest runs from October 3-12.
The Austin Food and Wine Festival takes place in April 24-26 at Butler Park.
See the complete list of food vendors at this year’s ACL Fest here.