Creative juices get flowing at Austin Food and Wine Festival

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Food and Wine Festival officially gets underway this weekend at Butler Park but Thursday night the first-ever Feast Under the Stars kicked off the event.

During the two-day event, local favorites — such as David Bull and Tim Love — will showcase their creations, among many others.

The festival is about sampling some of the best food from the country’s top chefs and enjoying wine, but there is a practical side.

The festival has hands-on demonstrations, and talks from chefs about what they do in their kitchen can translate to what a novice can do in their kitchen.

John Currence, a James Beard-nominated chef, will talk about saving produce through canning.

He works with a farm in Oxford, Mississippi, where his restaurants are located.

“I started a relationship with these guys and said, ‘I will buy everything that is left over.’ And so we put thousands of quart jars of tomatoes and pickles — anything that comes out of the field and can’t be used,” said John Currence, chef and owner of City Grocery Restaurant in Oxford, Mississippi.

The Austin Food and Wine Festival happens at Butler Park Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.

Tickets are still available and start at $250 for the two-day event.

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