Things to Do in Austin: Farm to Plate, Official Drink of Austin, Untapped Festival and a Free Coffee Brewing Class

The second week of May brings tons of events in Austin. It’s a foodie’s paradise week for sure. And a wonderful week for outdoor festivities and celebrations, as well as a how-to. These upcoming events are undoubtedly some of the top things to do in Austin this week.


May 11: 9th Annual Farm to Plate

Photo Courtesy of Juniper

Photo Courtesy of Juniper

Austin should definitely be considered a farm to plate city. This has always been a city with a strong sense of community and we consciously strive to support local businesses. With that, comes our notable focus in terms of sustainability, ethics and of course, eating local.

Though it was founded in 1993, Austin’s Sustainable Food Center has been keeping our city conscientious since 1975. The SFC works hard to cultivate the local food system and in terms of accessibility, support, affordability and increasing our general awareness. We can also thank them for providing the largest farmers markets in Austin.

This week, the SFC is hosting its 9th Annual Farm to Plate dinner at the picturesque Barr Mansion tomorrow, Wednesday, May 11. Guests will be will be treated to fresh, hand crafted treats comprised of local produce by thirty of the best chefs and restaurants in Austin. This year, the spotlight shines on chef Nicholas Yanes of Juniper, during the event’s VIP hour. Yanes and his team will provide a savory bite, a dessert and a special cocktail for some fresh insight into what his esteemed new restaurant has to offer. All proceeds from the event benefit the SFC.

That being said, Yanes won’t be flying solo. He’ll be joined by Péché, épicerie, CANTINE Italian Café and Bar, Barley Swine, Odd DuckArgus Cidery and more of Austin’s finest eating establishments.

General admission for the event begins 7 p.m., and the VIP hour starts 6:00 p.m. Get your tickets here!

 May 12: Official Drink of Austin

Photo Courtesy of Official Drink of Austin.

Photo Courtesy of Official Drink of Austin

Austin has been blessed with no shortage of amazing bars and restaurants, not to mention more happy hours than you can count. Not only are we the Capital of Texas, we would also argue that Austin is easily the cocktail capitol of the Southwest.

Thankfully, there is an event in Austin that lets you experience some of the best the city has to offer all at once. The Austin Food and Wine Alliance and cocktail enthusiasts team up each year to bring a bounty of booze and bar bites at the 2016 Official drink of Austin Competition on Thursday, May 12.

In homage to the city, various bar teams are throwing down for the best Austin-themed cocktail they come up with. We are proud to have our own Chris McClish of Juniper and the award-winning team behind drink.well. in the running for the Official Drink of Austin cocktail competition.

drink.well. will also be there for those who will undoubtedly need to fill their stomachs with a smoked eggplant flatbread with arugula, roasted red pepper and gran padano. COUNTER 3. FIVE. VII  has got your back, too, with its chilled duck terrine featuring potato mousse and summer savory. Yum!

Proceeds benefit the implementation of culinary grants, like the grant they gave its first year to Argus Cidery. Talk about drinking for a good cause. General admission tickets are still available so swipe them while you can. They will go fast! You can grab your tickets here for $55 or pay $65 at the door.

 May 14 : Untapped Music and Beer Festival

Photo Courtesy of Untapped

Photo Courtesy of Untapped

This is truly a city for festivals. Our great weather deems it so and, as a result, our plethora of festivals always make up for some of the most fun things to do in Austin.

Beer and music are irrevocably linked. Who doesn’t love to enjoy a cold one to get that celebratory buzz going at a show? Libations are almost always sold at festivals and it was only a matter of time that someone decided to officially marry the two and dedicate a whole festival to the cause. For the second year in a row, Untapped Music and Beer Festival will grace Austinites with its presence on Saturday, May 14.

334 craft beer selections from across the country will be available for you to enjoy, as well as number local breweries such as Austin Beerworks, Jester King Brewery and Blue Owl Brewing, to name a few.

The lineup is killer and decidedly international. A few highlights are Australian ambient pop auteurs Atlas Genius, who are headlining alongside Icelandic sensations Kaleo (who have just signed with Atlantic Records and made Austin their new home). Of course, the Live Music Capital of the World will represent with a few local bands as well.

The fest begins at 2 p.m. Get your tickets here.

May 15 : Little City Brewing Methods Class

Photo Courtesy of Little City/ Casa Brasil

Photo Courtesy of Little City/ Casa Brasil

Austin is rapidly becoming a primo destination for any coffee enthusiast. With Cuvee on the map, Casa Brasil and the recently opened Fleet Coffee, our little city is turning into the coffee lovers’ paradise.

Speaking of a little city, Austin’s beloved coffee shop, Little City has been resurrected. The iconic spot closed its doors in 2011 to many broken hearts. Credited with bringing artisanal, fair trade coffee to the average citizen, Little City was a perfect reflection of the vibe of Austin.

Thanks to Casa Brasil’s owner Joel Schuler, and original Little City Roaster Eric Detablan, the brand has been given new life with retail selection available now available at various restaurants and grocers throughout the city. And now, Little City’s outreaching spirit goes a step further by teaching us all how to DIY that prefect cup of coffee.

Little City’s director of coffee Emily Jackson will share her extensive knowledge at Métier Cook’s Supply with a two hour class on Sunday, May 15. You will receive a how-to of both pour-over and French press methods, and you can expand your knowledge even further with Jackson’s insight on the roasting process, as well as the details of bean varietals.

If you are hungry, doughnuts will be available, thanks to Thomas Calhoun, Lenoir’s pastry chef for that perfect combo.

This is event open to the public and totally FREE! We love free.

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