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A scrumptious local guide to Austin Food + Wine Fest 2023

Taking a trip to flavor town — ahem, Austin Food + Wine Festival — this weekend? Let us help you maximize your time at this annual celebration of eats.

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Come with an empty belly and a big appetite.

Photo by Dusana Risovic

Foodies, listen up. The Austin Food + Wine Festival is this weekend at Auditorium Shores, so prepare for two days of good eating.

For its 11th year, the festival will showcase 80+ restaurants and dozens of local chefs on Saturday Nov. 4 and Sunday, Nov. 5.

Resale tickets are still available, starting at $208 for a single day pass and $316 for a weekend pass. Let’s dive into how to maximize your time at the festival.

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Know before you go:

  • Bags need to be clear or have only one pocket — all bags will be searched before entry.
  • Reusable water containers are encouraged but must be empty upon arrival.
  • Parking is available through Pavemint at the RiverSouth Garage and One Texas Center Garage.
  • No one under the age of 21 is allowed at the festival.
  • Tasting and Meet the Maker sessions fill up quickly, so you’ll want to get in line early. Pro tip: make the day’s schedule your home screen so you don’t miss any sessions.

Remember to line up early for the session you want to experience.

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Locals eats to try:

Learn how to make delicious dishes from eight chefs at the Demo Tent sessions. These four come from Austin:

Fire Pit sessions offer festival-goers a chance to try some meats hot off the flame made by chefs from around the US. Here’s who hails from Austin:

Click here to view a full list of Texas-based restaurants participating.

Not able to make this fest? Check out our guide to every other festival happening this year.