15 Best Bites At Austin Food & Wine Festival

May 06, 2014

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The Austin Food & Wine Festival Grand Tasting featured a diverse selection of the country’s top wine, spirits and culinary exhibitors and was the prime location to sip, savor, mix and mingle through a plethora of chef celebrities and lots of great bites from all over. I did my best to strategically take a bite of everything at AFWF. Here’s my best bites from Austin Food & Wine Festival 2014.

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15 Best Bites At Austin Food & Wine Festival

Grilled pork tongue

Grilled Pork Tongue with Filipino Pickles // Paul Qui of Qui

Gardner Austin

Squash and shroom // Andrew Wiseheart, Contigo & Gardner

Bryce Gilmore

Roast Pig // Jack Gilmore of Jack Allen’s Kitchen and Bryce Gilmore of Odd Duck & Barley Swine

Meat Carousel, Austin Food & Wine Festival

This one is for you meat lovers. Goat heads and chicken roasting in a twirling carousel.  

Austin Food and Wine Festival

Roasting Birds On a Tree // Bryce Gilmore and Jack Gilmore

You’re so small, I could take you’ll @JetBlue as a carry-on! – @chefmingtsai. Nice to meet you too chef! #afwfest pic.twitter.com/Vg71dYlFkP — A Taste of Koko (@atasteofkoko) April 27, 2014

Chinese Red Roast Duck Taco // Ming Tsai

With sambal-mango salsa, crunchy taco shell and avocado purée

Austin Food & Wine Festival

Coconut milk and lemongrass poached sea bass with on a crispy kefir-lime corn tortilla // Tyson Cole, Uchi & Uchiko

With one of the longest lines at Rock Your Taco, Tyson Cole was cool as a cucumber slowly frying up his corn tortilla and individually plating each as a work of art. Hands down, my favorite taco at Rock Your Taco. Served with yellow tomatoes, Thai chili, aji Amarillo sauce, cilantro and mint.

Octopus and lamb picadillo taco // Richard Blais, Juniper & Ivy, FLIP Burger & The Spence

Beautifully plated taco with a bold flavor and the winning taco of the night at Rock Your Taco.

Blood Heart Taco // David Bull, Second Bar + Congress

Rich goat heart morcilla sausage with a bright parsley salad and lemon crema in a fried flour taco, coated with chicken liver mousse and double wrapped with a flour tortilla.


Red Neck Taco  // Chef John Currence, City Grocery

Red adobo-braised lamb necks on soft corn tortilla with corn, cotija cheese and a smoky red salsa.

Quesadilla Macarons // Diego Galicia, Mixtili

Organic blue corn macaron shell with Mexican ricotta and squash blossoms with hydrated jalas and micro cilantro.

Chicken Fried Quail at Austin Food & Wine Festival

Chicken Fried Quail // Kolin Vazzoler, Simi Winery

Delicious with a glass of chardonnay from Simi Winery!


Soft boiled marinated egg // Tatsu Aikawa and Tako Matsumoto, Ramen Tatsuya

Crispy pork, dehydrated shrimp, & toasted coconut rice on beetle leaf // Sway

Crispy lamb tongue // Lucy’s Fried Chicken, James Holmes

Dessert heaven // Angel Begaye, Trace, Erica Wasmunski, Congress, and Janina O’Leary, LaV

Salted caramel profiteroles, chocolate cake, key lime pies, delectable truffles, chocolate brownie bars, trifles, and macaron tower.

See more of my coverage on the Austin Food & Wine Festival website!

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Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.


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