Best SXSW Free Food

March 10, 2014

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[This coverage is for SXSW 2014]

Best part of SXSW? The free food and the free booze. This is the ultimate guide to the best free eats at SXSW (no badge needed).


Best SXSW Free Food


The future of snacking starts at SXSW – Oreo creates custom Oreo cookies inspired by trending tweets.

March 7 – 11
12:00 pm – 5:00pm, badge only to 7:00pm
4th and Trinity St.


Free Coolhaus sammies, thanks to Razorfish!

March 11th
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
1206 W. 4th St.


IBM shows off Watson’s Cognitive Cooking program, a system that taps into the supercomputer’s analytics and machine learning tools to whip up novel recipes, depending on user tastes and food preferences. Samples are free!

March 7 – 11th
4th and Red River St.

Nespresso Vertuoline

Nespresso launches the new VertuoLine system featauring intelligent Centrifusion technology, which is the first Nespresso machine that brews both American style large-cup coffee and authentic espresso. Stop by for a cup of joe!

March 7 – 11th
9:00 am – 7:00 pm
7th & Trinity St.

Chilantro SXSW

Free tacos from Chi’Lantro BBQ. Download Roikoi app and show to server.

March 10 & 11th
6:00 – 8:00pm
5th & Colorado St.

Subway SXSW

Subway is letting fans in Austin get a taste of its newest “eatovation” via an interactive game called “Think Flatizza.” Photo via Subway Twitter.

March 7 – 15th
4th & Red River St.

Shake Shack SXSW

Shake Shake’s food truck w/ NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” is ready to rock at SXSW! Stop by nightly from 8pm-1am for FREE ShackBurgers & Fries.

March 8 – 14
8:00pm – 1:00am
6th Street & Red River St.

Hopdoddy, Burgers, Austin

The Tillamook Cheese Tour is stopping by my favorite Austin burger bar, Hopdoddy, for a special one-day-only promotion on Friday, March 21. To celebrate the tour and our natural cheese slices, TIllamook will be offering free cheese on Hopdoddy’s Classic Burger all day long! Free slices are available all day, but stop by between 11am and 3pm to see the Baby Loaf Bus and get free samples and coupons for Tillamook Cheese.

Friday, March 21, 2014
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
1400 South Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78704

Java Monster SXSW

Kick start your SXSW day by grabbing free breakfast at the Java Monster Café. Stop by to get revved up and energized with a Java Monster.

Music Badge, Film Badge, Gold Badge, Platinum Badge, Artist Wristband

Rachael Ray Feedback

Rachael Ray’s seventh annual Feedback festival returns to SXSW serving up four delicious new recipes this year. Guests will be allowed in on a first come, first served basis. Request an RSVP for the Rachael Ray’s Feedback House on Thursday – Saturday.

March 15, 2014
10:30 am – 4:00 pm
Stubb’s BBQ at 801 Red River Street, Austin.

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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.