Earlier this week, the Austin Food & Wine Alliance handed out $40,000 in grants to six local groups.
Each year, the alliance is the beneficiary from the Austin Food & Wine Festival, but it also raises money independently of the festival through events, such as Live Fire and Wine & Swine. (Other high-profile festivals, such as Feast in Portland, disclose the amount of money they donate to organizations. C3 Presents, which hosts the Austin festival, does not.)
This year’s grant recipients are: Texas Keeper Cider ($12,000), Two Hives Honey ($8,000), Meridian Hive Meadery, ($8,000), Urban Roots ($5,000), Salud Bitters Company ($5,000), and Manor High School Culinary Arts Program ($2,000).
Texas Keeper Cider, the second cidery to receive a five-figure grant from AFWA, plans to use the money for a cider taproom. Two Hives Honey is working on a hyper-local line of honey harvested from micro-apiaries in Austin neighborhoods. The meadery will use the money to expand expand production, and Urban Roots plans to update its curriculum for farm interns who are also high school students. Salud Bitters is seeking FDA certification and hopes to provide educational tours, and Manor High School will use the money to buy appliances for a student-run restaurant and catering business that serves families staying at the Ronald McDonald house.
This is the fourth year that the non-profit has given grants to Central Texas culinary innovators.