Fall Foodie Happenings: Top Picks for Fall Fun

College football season officially kicks off this weekend, which can only mean one thing: Fall is right around the corner! Per usual, Austin has a plethora of events happening over the next few months to keep your social calendar full. With many events, like Texas Monthly’s BBQ Fest, releasing tickets imminently, it’s not too early to start thinking about what to attend. Here are a few picks that demand a Save the Date! 

Texas Monthly BBQ Fest 11/3

Franklin’s will be at Texas Monthly BBQ Fest on 11/3

September

In late September, the Lenoir Restaurant team will travel to New York City to host a dinner at the prestigious James Beard House, but a few lucky locals have the opportunity to enjoy a preview dinner before the team is officially Big Apple-bound. On Sunday, September 8, Lenoir will host an exclusive multicourse dinner with the same menu as the James Beard Dinner. The evening with commence with cocktails and canapés in Lenoir’s charming backyard garden followed by a seven courses dinner with wine pairings. Tickets for Lenoir’s James Beard Preview Dinner, available here, are $200/per person (dinner, wine, tax & tip are all included).

Bread and Circus Supper Club plans to give Barnum and Bailey’s a run for its money on September 27 with it’s A NIGHT UNDER THE BIG TOP & SideDish SideShow After Party. Held in honor of the group’s second anniversary, Bread and Circus Supper Club will transform The Palm Door into a big top extravaganza for a two-part night of events that includes dinner, music, and plenty of outlandish circus-themed fun. Guests are invited to join the party early for a whimsical five-course Supper Club dinner ($90 w/wine; $65/no wine) or pop in for late night revelry at the After Show ($8). Tickets for the evening’s shows are sold separately, though Dinner Party tickets include After Show entry. For the full details, including the menu, entertainment lineup, and ticket information, please visit the event webpage.

October

The 24th Annual La Dolce Vita Food & Wine Festival will be held on October 24 at Laguna Gloria to benefit The Contemporary Austin’s education programs. The annual foodie fest always features over 50 top Central Texas restaurants and wineries, and this year’s lineup of heavy hitters is certainly no exception. In addition to general admission tickets ($150/per person), La Dolce Vita organizers are also offering a limited number of VIP tickets ($200/per person), which includes access to a Cocktail Lounge curated by The Tipsy Texan.

Austin Beer Week is on tap to run from October 25through November 3. For seven days, local bars, brewpubs, breweries and restaurants across Austin will team up in the name of beer. From tastings to beer dinners, educational events to happy hours, Austin Beer Week will offer over 100 events celebrating craft beer. Learn more about Austin Beer Week, including schedule details and participating venues and breweries, by visiting here.

November

The 6th Annual Slow Food Feast in the Field benefiting Austin Discovery School will take place on Saturday, November 2. The event, hosted by Slow Food Austin and Green Gate Farms, promises an evening filled with fresh local food and drink enjoyed within the gardens of Green Gardens’ East Austin farm. Tickets cost $100/per person and are available here.

After dedicating an entire issue to its release of the Top 50 BBQ Joints in the state, Texas Monthly will host its annual BBQ Fest 2013 at the Long Center on the afternoon of November 3. During its celebration of all things smoke meat, Texas Monthly brings together some of the best BBQ purveyors from all over the state for an afternoon filled with beer, live music, and, of course, tons of good eats. VIP ($135) and General Admission ($75) tickets for the 4th annual festival go on sale August 29 at 10am. Don’t wait too long to grab tickets; past events have sold out faster than the brisket at Franklin’s BBQ. For full details and tickets, please visit the TMBBQ website.

The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas will host Big Red & Bubbles at the Driskill Hotel on Thursday, November 7. Always one of the best fall events, Big Red & Bubbles brings together some of the best red and sparkling wines from regions all over the world. In addition to copious amounts of flowing vino, a number of Austin’s top restaurants will be on hand dishing up decadent bites. Visit the Foundation’s website to keep up with the latest Big Red & Bubbles details including tickets and featured restaurants.

The 3rd Annual Wine & Swine charity pig roast will heat up on Sunday, November 10. Throughout the afternoon, guests will feast on pork dishes created by some of Central Texas’ best chefs while enjoying craft beer, local cocktails, and a full lineup of live music.  While details for this year’s event are still forthcoming, last year’s sell out Wine & Swine was a fall favorite. Proceeds from Wine & Swine will benefit the Austin Food & Wine Alliance culinary grant programs. Stay tuned to the Austin Food & Wine Alliance website for more details.

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