SXSW Food and Drink Events That Are Still Happening in Austin

South by southwest (SXSW) is canceled due to concerns about the global coronavirus pandemic. Usually Austin has so many official and other events happening during the festival that it’s impossible to keep track of them all. With the cancellation, many have been canceled, like Willie Nelson’s music and food festival Luck Reunion and his potluck dinner, while some are still moving forward, SXSW or no.

However, given the city’s ban on public and private gatherings of more than 250 people and social distancing, it has been recommended that many of the following events be canceled. Currently, the public in Texas is considered to be at increased risk of a novel coronavirus and there are three suspected positive cases in the city.

Here is an overview of the SXSW-related food and beverage events still taking place in Austin. For more events, visit the #Stranded in Austin website, CanceledSXSW Twitter account, and The Cosmic Clash music showcase website. Double check that your event is still taking place.

Do you know of any other unofficial SXSW food and drink events still taking place? Let Eater know via [email protected] or via the tipline.

Friday March 13th to Friday March 20th

TacoS-X-Tech Summit
The Grit Daily event adjacent to SXSW is still ongoing and features panels (including food-centric), concerts, film screenings, alcohol, demos from a kombucha company, Imperfect Food and Beyond Meats Barbecue.
Where: 206 San Marcos Street, East Austin
Access: General admission tickets are free.

Friday March 13th to Sunday March 22nd

Vedge from Vedgewest
Austin hosts a vegan and vegetarian food festival offering in-person food specials and online cooking demonstrations. Participating locations include Bouldin Creek, Rebel Cheese, Vegan Nom, and others.
Where: Varies
Access: Free participation / view

Sunday March 15th

Austin Anthem Presents: A Celebration of Beautiful Game
Austin Anthem, the support group of the city’s upcoming Major League Soccer team, Austin FC, is hosting a party with game demonstrations and more. On deck are Vaquero Taquero Tacos, Plucker’s Chicken Wings and LeverCraft Coffee. It starts at 8:30 a.m.
Where: Empire Control Room, 606 East Seventh Street, Red River
When: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Access: Free participation

The event was canceled.

Trial table
The private dining club series Taster’s Table hosts an Indian-Mexican dinner that is coordinated with the previous SXSW. Dinner will be led by chefs Deepa Shridhar from the Indian-Texan Supper Club series 33 Tigers and Daniel Brooks from the Mexican restaurant Licha’s Cantina. The dinner, called Mi Casa Es Tu Makhaan, consists of four courses of dishes such as crispy masa empanadas, bison samosas, and fish with mango mole. Entry is with a bag of goods and there is a bar.
Where: Lichas Cantina, 1306 East Sixth Street, East Austin
When: Dinner starts at 6 p.m.
Access: General tickets are $ 100 and Taster member tickets are $ 75.

Dinner has been postponed to Monday April 20th.

Monday March 16

The paella project
Austin-based cookware company Made In is still hosting its paella party. Cooking is carried out by Mei Lin, Los Angeles Executive Chef, Eaters LA of the Year Nightshade, and Chef Eater Austin of the Year, Fermín Núñez, of Gastrestaurant Suerte. They make two paellas, one with chicken and curry and the other with rabbit and chorizo, and there are starters and drinks. (This event will take place on Friday, March 6, according to a representative.)
Where: Suerte, 1800 East Sixth Street, East Austin
When: noon to 3 p.m.
Access: General admission tickets are $ 75.

The paella event has been postponed.

Monday March 16 to Sunday March 22

We can do magic
SXSW-related music showcases at multiple Austin venues and bars are due to be happening this week, but due to the ban on events, many locations have been dropped from the program including Mohawk, Hotel Vegas, Cosmic Coffee, Native Hostel, and Swan Dive (all five of which are venues) still open to the public (bar / food service), Antone’s, Barracuda and North Door. Check each venue to make sure that their respective music case is still on. It is organized by the Red River Cultural District along with other organizers.
Where: Participating venues include Beerland, Cheer Up Charlies, Elysium, Empire Control Room, Malverde, Pershing, Scratchouse, Stubb’s, North Door and Parish
When: Varies
Access: Varies

Tuesday March 17th to Sunday March 22nd

Smoke, noise and foam
The Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew grill restaurant in the north hosts its multi-day music showcase so you can easily access smoked meat and beer during concerts. The restaurant also encourages attendees to donate to the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM).
Where: Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew, 6610 N Lamar Boulevard, Brentwood
When: Starts at 12 noon each day
Access: Free participation

It’s rescheduled to Memorial Day weekend.

Wednesday March 18th

Lucky goodbye potluck
Before Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion (see below) there will be another potluck dinner, which will benefit the Austin Food and Wine Alliance and FarmAid, led by chefs Bruce Kalman (James Beard Award-nominated chef at Knead & Co. in Los Los restaurants Angeles) and Ben Runkle (Austin’s Salt & Time). The menu theme is Mediterranean live fire. Participating chefs include Austin names like Sarah Heard (Foreign & Domestic), Evan LeRoy (LeRoy & Lewis), as well as others like Keris Kuwana of Las Vegas Restaurant Slanted Door and John Tesar of Dallas.
Where: Willie Nelson’s Ranch, 1100 Bee Creek Road, Spicewood
When: It starts at 5 p.m.
Access: Tickets are $ 500

Both luck events have been canceled.

Unofficial SX from Mr. Birthday
The East Austin Bar is hosting an unofficial SXSW music show.
Where: Drinks Lounge, 2001 East Cesar Chavez Street, Holly
When: 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Access: Free participation

The event was canceled.

Wednesday March 18th to Saturday March 21st

Art + Music Spring Festival
Newcomer Event and Coworking Space The cathedral is hosting a three-day event with art, music and an open bar.
Where: The Cathedral, 2403 East 16th Street, East Austin
Access: Tickets start at $ 25

The event has been postponed to Saturday and Sunday May 30th and 31st

Wednesday March 18 to Sunday March 22

Lucy’s South from South Austin Fried Chicken Revival
The fried chicken restaurant still hosts its annual mini music festival from the South Congress. Expect five days of concerts, beer, and chicken.
Where: Lucy’s Roast Chicken, 2218 College Avenue, Travis Heights
When: Daily from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Access: Free participation

The event was canceled.

Thursday March 19th

Goodbye goodbye
The website says, “If you don’t know how this works, ask.” For one day, Willie Nelson’s Ranch is home to a number of well-known folk and Americana artists with free drinks (also for adults) and a special food area with Austin trucks.
Where: Willie Nelson’s Ranch, 1100 Bee Creek Road, Spicewood
When: 11 a.m. too late
Access: tickets required

Both luck events have been canceled.

Thursday March 19th to Saturday March 21st

Utopia sessions
The Texan music festival UtopiaFest still hosts its music showcases adjacent to SXSW in the East Sixth brewery. Expect three days of concerts and beers.
Where: Zilker Brewing Company, 1701 East Sixth Street, East Austin
When: Daily from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Access: Free

The festival was canceled.

Friday March 20th

Hair of the three legged Dog Day party
Chronicle is still hosting its annual SXSW party with concerts and free tacos from Tacodeli and coffee from Black Rock Coffee. In light of the weakening of the novel coronavirus, the host hotel, Hotel Vegas, notes that it has additional hand sanitizing stations throughout the room, that there is a dedicated cleaning crew, and that the staff wash their hands every 20 minutes.
Where: Hotel Vegas, 1502 East Sixth Street, East Austin
When: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Access: RSVP

Saturday March 21st

Panels: promoting local entrepreneurship in the food sector
Originally intended for SXSW, these two panels will take place at Antonelli’s Cheese House instead. The first board to empower minority leaders in the food revolution brings together several entrepreneurs: Joi Chevalier (owner of the food incubator The Cook’s Nook in Austin) and Tam Hawkins (CEO of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce), Edwin Marty (the city’s food policy manager Austin) and Roman Gonzalez (founder of the food gardening startup Gardenio). The group will talk about how minorities can create successful food businesses while facing inequality. The second, “Don’t you want to be my ethical neighbor?” Includes Killa Wasi’s owner and cook, Kati Grant-Leudecke, and Lamar Bowman from the neighbors. The two will talk about creating a neighborhood atmosphere with their companies and also contributing to their neighborhoods.
Where: Antonelli’s Cheese Store, 4220 Duval Street, Hyde Park
When: The first panel is at 11 a.m. and the second at 2 p.m.
Access: USD 5 per panel

The panels have been moved.

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