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.
15 Best Bites At Austin Food & Wine Festival
Grilled Pork Tongue with Filipino Pickles // Paul Qui of Qui
Squash and shroom // Andrew Wiseheart, Contigo & Gardner
Roast Pig // Jack Gilmore of Jack Allen’s Kitchen and Bryce Gilmore of Odd Duck & Barley Swine
Meat Carousel // Bryce Gilmore and Jack Gilmore
This one is for you meat lovers. Goat heads and chicken roasting in a twirling carousel.
Roasting Birds On a Tree // Bryce Gilmore and Jack Gilmore
Chinese Red Roast Duck Taco // Ming Tsai
With sambal-mango salsa, crunchy taco shell and avocado purée
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 // 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!