Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival

The Lone Star state’s best chefs and vintners pair their culinary creations

From April 16-19, some of the Lone Star state’s best chefs and vintners pair their culinary creations and fruits of the vine at a variety of venues in Austin, ranging from an exotic game ranch to a family-friendly park.

During the festival, the Four Seasons Austin will host the Rare and Fine Wine auction and the Texas Culinary Masters multi-course dinner. The latter is a $150 dinner, each course expertly paired with wines from the renowned Moet Hennessy portfolio. Chefs Tyson Cole (uchi, Austin), Monica Pope (t'afia, Houston) and Paul Petersen (The Gage Hotel, Marathon) will join Chef Elmar and Trio’s dessert alchemist, Naomi Gallego, in creating dishes that will both delight the palate and push the envelope.

The festival will also feature seminars on various subjects, such as the influence of Mexican, Creole and Cajun cultures on Texas cuisine.

In conjunction will the Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival, Barrels Across Texas is raising money for charity and bringing together Austin’s art and wine communities. Barrels Across Texas invited more than 20 artists to transform a wine barrel into a festive, one-of-kind artwork. The barrels will be showcased at restaurants, bars and hotels in and around Austin to promote the festival and will be auctioned off live at an event after the Festival on April 30. Proceeds will benefit the Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival, Dell Children’s Hospital and the Capital Area Food Bank.