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Order Up: Food Festivals

28 May

Never ones to keep a (food-related) secret, Two Chicks has been in serious talks about where to go next. We don’t want to keep y’all waiting, so we’ve created Order Up! as a way to keep you in the loop about places we long to go, plan to go and just downright need to go.

First up, the Austin Wine and Music Festival, which jumps off Saturday, May 28th and runs through the following day. This is an annual event that’s set up on the back side of The Domain, eliciting three cheers from those who routinely feel left out as Austin continues to gentrify. One day passes are $35 (online; at the gate is $5 more) and two-day tickets are $65; a bit steep, if you ask me, but for that price you receive:

  • Admission and access to live music, vendors, food (the word access makes me laugh and conjures images of these poor vendors trapped in a petting zo0)
  • 12-tab sampler wristband for wine sampling or beer
  • Complementary Wine Tasting at all participating Austin Wine & Music Festival Wineries for 30 days following the close of the festival.

There are some other things in there, too, so overall, it’s really not a bad little package for the price. Moreover, with 100% local offerings in food, music, wine and beer, AW&MF promises to offer up a great cross-section of things that make Central Texas unique and delicious.

We at Two Chicks were torn — plan to attack a local wine and beer booth or venture deeper into the Hill Country for mudbugs? Crawfish and the Hill Country don’t usually come wrapped in the same sentence, but we ran across an offer too good to pass up. The Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival kicked off Friday, May 27th and runs through Sunday, May 29th, and it is there that Two Chicks opted to make their weekend appearance.

I am a true blue festival girl, having cut my teeth as a kid on Austin’s now-defunct Aqua Fest and the Texas State Fair. Thinking back, it’s actually interesting that I love festivals so much, seeing as how I’m not a fan of port-a-potties, blisters or obscenely long lines [note: I am even less of a fan of festivals but if it’s food-related, I might give it a chance. – A]. But a good festival can erase all those uncomfortable experiences and leave you with so many positive memories that you’re ready to return soon after the gates close. For every big-budget affair that boasts rows of vendors and free giveaways, there’s some small town in Texas honoring its regional heritage and/or Texas culture through food: New Braunfels’ Wurstfest, Poteet’s Strawberry Festival, Lamesa’s Chicken Fried Steak Festival.

My bucket list includes every food-related festival in the state, and one of these days, I’ll blog about every single one. But this weekend, Fredericksburg gets its turn.