Austin’s Hot Luck Festival Announces Additional Programming, Music Line Up

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Hot Luck Festival announced today the additional programming, including new chefs, music, brunch series and more, for the first-year food and music get-together happening May 18-21 in Austin, Texas.

Hot Luck has confirmed several music acts including the Black Lips kicking off on Thursday, May 18, and performances throughout the fest by Black Joe LewisRobert EllisRayland Baxter and Shonen Knife. Shows will take place at beloved music venues in Austin, including Barracuda, Mohawk, White Horse and more. Additionally, Hot Luck presents Thurston Moore on Wednesday, May 17, at Mohawk. Individual tickets for music events range from $12 to $23. 

Hot Luck music events at Barracuda will feature a one-of-a-kind culinary component and experience. For example, on Friday, May 19, Chef Yoshi Okai of Otoko, recently named Food & Wine Magazine’s “Best New Chef” of 2017, will serve Japanese fare as fans rock out to Japanese pop-punk band Shonen Knife.

New chefs have also been added to the lineup including the following: Elias Cairo (Olympia Provisions, Portland) for “Hi, How Are You?”; Jennifer Tucker (Jeffrey’s) for “The Hi Lo”; Justin Brunson (Old Major, Denver) for “Hawaii, Texas”; Ben Runkle (Salt and Time) for “Hawaii, Texas”; Kristine Kittrell (Weather Up) for “Hawaii, Texas”; and Laura Loomis (Two Bros BBQ Market, San Antonio) for “Al Fuego”.

“Chefs have incredible stories for inspiration that so often blend with those of a musician; it’s a natural connection to celebrate the two worlds together,” said Hot Luck co-founder James Moody. “Austin is an emerging food destination and Hot Luck is a great way for attendees to dip their toe in the water by having the opportunity to interact with chefs and enjoy incredible food paired with country, punk, blues, and rock ‘n’ roll at rad venues across the city. There’s truly something for everyone.”

Additionally, Hot Luck is also excited to announce the Brunch Series taking place at a various Austin restaurants on Sunday, May 21. Local restaurants will host visiting guest chefs for a series of brunch pop-ups, and reservations can be made directly with the individual host restaurants. The Brunch Series includes: Contigo and Chef Andrew Wiseheart will host guest chef Adam Sappington from The Country Cat Dinner House & Bar (Portland); L’Oca d’Oro and Chef Fiore Tedesco will host guest chef Joshua McFadden from Ava Gene’s and Tusk (Portland); and The Hightower and Chef Chad Dolezal will host guest chef Steve McHugh from Cured (San Antonio).

The Whole Enchilada package, which includes access to all events including the “Hi, How Are You?” and “Hawaii, Texas” events, is selling quickly with less than twenty packages left. They are available for purchase on their website.

“Hi, How Are You?” is the kick-off event on May 18 and is an East Side get-together at Franklin Barbecue featuring Aaron Franklin and Roy Choi of Kogi (Los Angeles). “Hawaii, Texas” will take place on Saturday, May 20, at Weather Up, and is Hot Luck’s version of a Texas-sized Tiki Party featuring your favorite island cocktails, Polynesian grooves and a cookout with a whole hog. “Hi, How Are You?” and “Hawaii, Texas” are only available to Whole Enchilada package purchasers. Individual tickets are still available for The Hi Lo and Al Fuego events.

Hot Luck partners include Lone Star Beer, YETI, Tillamook, Creekstone Farms, Performance Foodservice, Big Green Egg, South Congress Hotel, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, The National Pork Board, Traeger Grills, Union Wine Co., Buffalo Trace, Hotel Van Zandt, Austin Eastciders, Deep Eddy Vodka, Hops and Grain, Independence Brewing, Lagunitas, Montinore, Design Hound, Austin Motel and more.

A portion of the proceeds from Hot Luck will benefit the SAFE Alliance. The SAFE Alliance is a merger of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace, both long-standing and respected human service agencies in Austin serving the survivors of child abuse, sexual assault and exploitation, and domestic violence.

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