The Good Guide: April in Austin

Hi, y’all! Jenny and Enrique from Vino Pour Favor here. April is one of the best weather months in Austin, isn’t it? Perhaps that’s why some of the biggest foodie events all year happen this month. If you don’t attend these types of events very often, now’s the best time to pick one from the list! To seal the deal, these events benefit great causes in the Austin community, so you can treat yourself AND others!

Photo: Austin Food + Wine Festival Facebook

Photo: Austin Food + Wine Festival Facebook

Here is your April foodie event roundup:

Live Fire!

Live Fire! is a beef-centric live-fire cooking event featuring the best in sizzling proteins and cooking craftsmanship along with wine, beer, and spirits tastings. Expect Live Fire! ¡Viva Mexico! to sizzle this year with a focus on interior Mexican Cuisine. 

This event benefits the Austin Food & Wine Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering awareness and innovation in the Central Texas food, wine and spirits community through grants, educational programming and events. Grant recipients have included Keep Austin Fed, Urban Roots, Farmgrass, and more. Info: Thursday, April 5 / 7-9pm / Camp Mabry Tickets 


33rd Annual Rare & Fine Wine Auction

Enjoy selections from featured Winemaker Kirk Venge of Venge Vineyards as well as access to an impressive menu of wines for your table. Set in the JW Marriott Austin, this charity auction offers the opportunity to channel your passion for food and wine to better the health and well-being of the community.

Over the last 33 years, the Wine & Food Foundation of Texas has donated $1.3 million back into the Central Texas community. In 2018 and beyond, WFFT is dedicated to providing direct financial support to sommeliers, chefs, and winemakers through scholarships, travel stipends, and professional development opportunities. Info: Saturday, April 7 / JW Marriott / Details


CultureMap Austin Tastemaker Awards

The CultureMap Tastemaker Awards are an annual celebration of talent in Austin and San Antonio's restaurant and bar community, as selected by their peers. CultureMap's mission is to shine a spotlight on the people making the city's restaurant scene special and honor their innovation, energy, and creativity. The swanky tasting event and awards ceremony celebrates the nominees and announces the winners.

This event benefits the Austin Food & Wine Alliance. Info: Thursday, April 12 / Fair Market Tickets


Photo: Waller Creek Conservancy Facebook

Photo: Waller Creek Conservancy Facebook

Waller Creek Pop-up Picnic

Come by car, bus, bike, or on foot, spread your blanket, and enjoy picnic baskets prepared by some of Austin’s best restaurants, including Franklin Barbecue, Uchiko, Easy Tiger, and Wu Chow. Or, bring your own basket and enjoy Palm Park while listening to great music, catching up with your friends, and watching the sun drop behind the city skyline.

All basket proceeds benefit The Waller Creek Conservancy, which plays a vital role in the preservation, redevelopment, and maintenance of the Waller Creek surrounding parks, nearby businesses, adjoining neighborhoods, and community at large.

Info: Saturday April 14 / Palm Park / Tickets


Texas Wine Revolution

Featuring 25+ Texas wineries, winemakers, and their 100% Texas grown Rosé, the afternoon will also include Rosé tastings, live music, local foods, educational seminars, interactive activities, plenty of picture opportunities, a silent auction, and picnic areas on the gorgeous property of Horseshoe Bay Resort. Celebrate and meet local wineries, winemakers, farmers, and chefs for an awakening and education of Real Texas Wine.

Texas Wine Revolution is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting consumer education and awareness of Texas grown wines.

Info: Sunday, April 22 / Horseshoe Bay Resort / Tickets


Dining Out For Life

With a list of over 70 restaurants, you can select a dining destination for breakfast, lunch, and dinner to help put food on someone else's table! Restaurants across Austin have committed to doing their part to strengthen the overall health of the community by pledging to donate a portion of the day's proceeds to fight HIV.

Dining Out For Life (DOFL) supports clients of the Helping Hands Food Bank and other programs of Aids Services of Austin. Info: Tuesday, April 24 / Various location / Details


UMLAUF Garden Party

Stroll through the Garden, enjoy select wines and tasty bites from Austin’s best and most iconic restaurants, dance to sounds of the Nash Hernandez Orchestra, or bid on the most unique and creative live and silent auction items offered.

Garden Party proceeds benefit UMLAUF's world-class exhibitions and education programs, providing direct access to the arts for more than 50,000 visitors annually and free admission and tours to over 4,500 Central Texas school children to learn about the artistic legacy of Charles Umlauf through workshops, lectures, Kids Kraft, Camp UMLAUF, and collaborations with other local art and community organizations.

Info: Thursday, April 26 / UMLAUF Sculpture Garden / Details


Austin Food and Wine Festival

The 7th annual Austin Food & Wine Festival includes a chef lineup of local and nationally-recognized names, with over 40 culinary demos; beer, wine, and cocktail tastings; interactive fire pits; book signings; music; a Rock Your Taco competition; Sunday Gospel Brunch; and more. This event benefits the Austin Food & Wine Alliance.

Info: Friday, April 27 - Sunday, April 29 / Auditorium Shores & Fair Market / Tickets 

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