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What you should know about Austin Food & Wine Fest’s new bag policy

Arianna Auber
aauber@statesman.com
The Austin Food & Wine Festival returns this year with some safety guidelines that includes a bag size policy.

Austin Food & Wine Festival participants, take note: You probably already have your cute spring outfit planned for the weekend, but make sure that your accessories include a small bag. Leave the oversized tote at home.

The festival has instituted a bag size restriction policy just as other festivals and large event venues have done, including the Austin City Limits Music Festival last year.

The Austin Food & Wine Festival website notes that all bags, no exceptions, will be searched before you can enter Auditorium Shores, the main site of the weekendlong event that runs April 27-29.

“Bags will be restricted to small purses, totes and drawstring bags only,” according to the website. “Please note that bag size may not exceed 14” x 11” x 5” (35 cm x 28 cm x 12 cm) and must have no more than one singular pocket or opening. Backpacks and bags with multiple pockets are prohibited.”

Plan for extra time to get through security if you’ve got the appropriately sized bag. Or, if you decide to go without, festival organizers have also arranged for No Bag Express Lanes that will allow for faster entry.

Bag size restrictions have become standard practice at Bass Concert Hall, Frank Erwin Center and the Austin360 Amphitheater, and the Austin City Limits Festival instituted the restriction and other tighter security conditions even before the Las Vegas shootings caused further evaluation of event security.

For more information about Austin Food & Wine Fest, visit austinfoodandwinefestival.com.