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Aaron Franklin's Hot Luck Fest releases chef lineup as tickets go on sale

Addie Broyles
Aaron Franklin's Hot Luck Fest returns May 23 to 26 for a long weekend with plenty of chances for hungry Austinites to try food from some of the country's best chefs. [Contributed]

Hot Luck Fest, the avant garde food festival from Aaron Franklin, James Moody and Mike Thelin, returns this year for the third installment of live music, outlandish smoked meats and unexpected culinary surprises.

Chefs Alon Shaya, Gabriel Rucker, Matty Matheson headline this coterie of the country's best chefs, while Lucero, Leftover Salmon and Archers of Loafs earn top billing on the music side of things.

Hot Luck will take place at various venues May 23 to 26, including Mohawk, Antone’s and Barracuda, and tickets to the individual events go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday. If you want to buy an all-inclusive pass -- called the Whole Enchilada -- you can find them on sale at Individual tickets start at $10, and the all-inclusive pass costs $550.

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The festival announced participating chefs on Sunday. They include: Abraham Conlon, Fat Rice (Chicago); Alon Shaya, Saba (New Orleans); Chris Bianco, Pizzeria Bianco (Phoenix); Doug Adams, Bullard (Portland); Elias Cairo, Olympia Provisions (Portland); Gabriel Rucker, Le Pigeon (Portland); Greg & Gabi Denton, Ox (Portland); Jason Vincent & Ben Lustbader, Giant (Chicago); Jeremiah Stone, Contra (New York); Katie Button, Button & Co. Bagels (Asheville); Mason Hereford, Turkey and the Wolf (New Orleans); Matty Matheson, TV Host, Just A Dash; Sara Kramer & Sarah Hymanson, Kismet (Los Angeles).

In a release, Moody says: “Every year, we try and take things up a notch and this year is no different. We have all been on the Keto diet getting ready for this year’s fest -- it’s going to be a doozy. Archers of Loaf is playing, and Aaron’s cooking hot dogs. Collectively, our dreams are coming true.”

Other bands scheduled to play are The Suffers, PJ Morton, Sunflower Bean, Robert Ellis, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Naughty Professor, New Breed Brass Band, Harlem and El Tule.

Chefs from Texas who are slated to attend are Chris Shepherd, Georgia James (Houston); Justin Yu, Theodore Rex (Houston); Rebecca Masson, Fluff Bake Bar (Houston); Rico Torres & Diego Galicia, Mixtli (San Antonio); Steve McHugh, Cured (San Antonio). Austin chefs Callie Speer (Holy Roller), Chad Dolezal (The Hightower), Yoshi Okai (Otoko), Sarah McIntosh (Epicerie) and Tavel Bristol-Joseph (Emmer and Rye) are among the Austin chefs whom you'll find at the various events.

A portion of the festival's proceeds will go to The SAFE Alliance, a merger of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace.