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Food Republic Interview Lounge welcomes big names from food and comedy

Matthew Odam

Dining and lifestyle website Food Republic returns to Austin this weekend for the Austin Food & Wine Festival and will once again host an Interview Lounge at the W Hotel.

Food Republic editor Richard Martin will host a day of conversation with chefs, restaurant owners and authors, as well as comedians performing at the Moontower Comedy Festival. The day’s events will also feature snacks and drinks from the Trace staff. The Friday event is free and open to the public. See the full schedule below.

Saturday night Food Republic teams with the W for Cirque Du Trace, an event that runs from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The event will feature specialty cocktails under the big-top and a whimsical menu that includes upscale spun-to-order cotton candy, hot dog sliders, street corn, candied apples, and more. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased here.

11:00 a.m.-11:25 a.m.

Lawrence Kocurek (Trace)

11:30 a.m.-11:55 a.m.

Georgia Pellegrini (author)

12:00 p.m. - 12:25 p.m.

Joe Mande (comedian)

12:30 p.m.-12:55 p.m.

Wayne Mueller (Mueller Barbecue, Taylor)

1:00 p.m.-1:25 p.m.

John Currence (City Grocery, Oxford, Miss.)

1:30 p.m-1:55 p.m.

Chris Shepherd (Underbelly, Houston)

2:00 p.m. - 2:25 p.m.

Andy Kindler (comedian)

2:30 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.

Paul Qui (Qui, Austin)

3 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.

Justin Yu (Oxheart, Houston)

3:30 p.m. - 3:55 p.m.

Matt McCallister (FT33, Dallas)

4:00 p.m.-4:25 p.m.

Jessica Sanders (Drink Well, Austin)

4:30 p.m.-4:55 p.m.

Special Guest