Austin’s biggest food and wine event has been canceled.
That means a few thousand ticket holders who will be trying to find something else to do this weekend.
The out-of-town visitors will likely fill up the high-end restaurants around the city instead of having their fill at the festival, and I imagine that we’ll see some of the big-name chefs who were slated to appear at the festival doing some pop-ups at local restaurants. We’ll keep you posted as we hear about last-minute events.
In the meantime, there’s the Louisiana Swamp Thang and Crawfish Festival on Saturday, and a book signing with Georgia chef Hugh Acheson at 4 p.m. Friday. UPDATE: The Acheson event at Metier Cook’s Supply has been canceled.
On the up side, the fact that they canceled the festival today instead of Thursday or Friday means less food that will go to waste. There will be some wasted food, sadly and surely, but nothing like the food vendors at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, who in 2013 were told that the final day of the festival was rained out the morning of the cancellation.
UPDATE: Searsucker, Fixe and Revival Public House are among the local eateries offering specials to wristband holders or other festival cancellation specials.
Delysia Chocolatier is hosting a free chocolate tasting at its shop at 2000 Windy Terrace Suite from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday to show off some of the truffles owner Nicole Patel had made for the festival, which include flavors such as cabernet sauvignon and fried chicken.