Official Drink of Austin contest returns Feb. 20

What does an Austin-inspired cocktail taste like? Is it with tequila or whiskey? Is it smoky or sweet? Find out from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 20 when the Official Drink of Austin competition returns with six teams from local bars all vying to create the tastiest drinks in town. Bartenders from Qui, Weather Up, Drink.Well, the Four Seasons Hotel, Midnight Cowboy and Whisler’s will concoct three cocktails — a long drink, an up drink and a shot — using Texas spirits, such as Deep Eddy Vodka, Dulce Vida Tequila and Genius Gin at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, 1900 University Ave.

Tickets to the event benefit the Austin Food and Wine Alliance’s culinary grants program, and they’ll get you the chance to watch the six finalist bar teams mix up their drinks, as well as taste each of the Official Drink of Austin entries and other cocktails with Texas spirits. You can also try some of the food provided by the Carillon, Swift’s Attic and Frank, among other local restaurants. Tickets are $65, and you can buy them at austinfoodwinealliance.org.

— Arianna Auber

That Takes the Cake Sugar Arts Show returns for 10th year

The Capital Confectioners’ Cake Club is hosting its 10th annual That Takes the Cake Sugar Arts Show and Cake Competition on Feb. 22 and 23 at the Highland Mall campus of Austin Community College, 6001 Airport Blvd.

Hundreds of the country’s best bakers will be in town for the event, which is both a competition for amateurs and professionals and a place where amateurs and cake-lovers can explore all the things you can do with a little bit of sugar.

You can buy tickets ($10 a day ahead of the event, $12 at the door; children under 12 are free) and find out more at thattakesthecake.org. A portion of the proceeds of "That Takes The Cake!" is used to fund scholarships for local culinary students.

Austin Bacon and Beer Festival debuts Feb. 22

Eat Boston and Edible Austin are teaming up to host an Austin Bacon and Beer Festival from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Marchesa, 6406 N. Interstate 35 #3100. The event will feature "bacon-centric bites" from dozens of local restaurants, including Cipollina, Lenoir, Frank, Searsucker, Greenhouse Craft Food, Lambert’s and Otto’s German Bistro, and craft beer from nine Central Texas breweries.

Tickets cost $40 and can be purchased at edibleaustin.com. A portion of proceeds from the festival will be donated to the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. This is the first year for the Austin event, but Eat Boston has hosted sold-out bacon and beer events in Denver, San Francisco and Philadelphia. Salt & Time will break down a hog at the event, too.