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Events: Farmhouse gumbo cook-off, Edible Austin children’s fair

Addie Broyles

Now that South by Southwest is over, the spring festival event season is officially underway, and here are a handful of events celebrating local food coming up in the next few weeks:

The first is Farmhouse Delivery’s second Fais Do-Do gumbo cook-off from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Rain Lily Farm, 914 Shady Lane. Contestants will compete in several categories: chicken and sausage, seafood, wild game and vegetarian, and you can register your team by calling 512-529-8569, emailing or visiting

Tickets ($10 at the door) include gumbo tastings, live music from Gulf Coast Playboys, beer and bloody marys. A portion of the proceeds benefit Creek People, which aims to improve urban creek corridors.

Edible Austin, in conjunction with the SANDE Youth Project and the French Legation, is hosting the annual Children’s Picnic and Real Food Fair from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at the East Austin museum, 802 San Marcos St.

The event is free and will feature dozens of local artisans, companies and nonprofits showcasing their contributions to the Austin food community through cooking demonstrations, games, tastings, hands-on activities and more. Attendees can bring their own picnics or purchase food from local vendors. For more information, go to

Johnson’s Backyard Garden is hosting is seventh annual Spring Potluck & Hoedown from 4 to 9 p.m., Sunday, March 30, at the farm, 9515 Hergotz Lane. The potluck will start at 4 p.m. followed by live music from Doug Moreland, Silas Lowe and Little Mikey and the Soda Jerks.

Tickets ($10 at benefit Farmshare Austin, a farmer education and research program founded by Brenton Johnson.

From 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 6, Simmons Family Farms in Niederwald is hosting Farmgrass Fest, featuring five bluegrass bands — MilkDrive, the Lost Pines, Bottom Dollar String Band, Fog & Bone and Silky Brisket Brothers — and several vendors, including the Zubkihouse and Mexitaly Cucina.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Growers Alliance of Central Texas, which is establishing an emergency medical fund to help farmers who find themselves dealing with costly medical bills. Tickets cost $15 online ( and $20 at the door, with children under 12 free.