Hot Luck co-founder James Moody said at the end of this year’s inaugural festival that he and his partners felt like they had something special on their hands and hoped to run it back next year. Now, it’s official. The food and music festival started by Moody, barbecue wizard Aaron Franklin and Mike Thelin will return to Austin May 24-27 next year.

Whole Enchilada passes for the festival, which grant access to all of the events and concerts, along with some special parties, are now on sale at A la carte tickets will go on sale at a later date.

Jon Favreau, Roy Choi, James Moody, Mike Thelin and Aaron Franklin at Hot Luck’s “Hi, How Are You?” (Credit: Alison Narro)

Last year’s festival welcomed culinary world stars Roy Choi, Andy Ricker, Chris Shepherd, Tyson Cole and more, and saw live music performances by Thurston Moore, The Black Lips, Black Joe Lewis, Robert Ellis and others.

For the second year, a portion of proceeds from Hot Luck tickets sales will be donated to The SAFE Alliance, a merger of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace, both long-standing and respected human service agencies in Austin serving the survivors of child abuse, sexual assault and exploitation, and domestic violence.


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